Bill Jackson

Guest Blogger

Founder and CEO, GreatSchools

San Francisco, California

Bill Jackson spent five years managing engineering development and marketing for two computer networking firms, including Whistle Communications, which was later sold to IBM before founding GreatSchools.

A graduate of the Coro Foundation Public Affairs Fellowship program, he also spent three years teaching, two in China and one in the United States. Bill has served as a member of the California P-16 Council, a director of the San Francisco Education Fund, and as treasurer for two San Francisco school financing measures. He has served on the boards of the Yale-China Association and currently serves on the board of the Mandarin Institute.

Bill received his B.S. in mechanical engineering from Yale University. He is a fellow of the fourth class of the Entrepreneurial Leaders for Public Education Fellowship and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network. As the former president of the Scientific Society at Phillips Exeter Academy, Bill loves hearing about his two daughters’ elementary school science experiments.

You can read Bill’s ideas about schools, learning and parents on his blog.

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