Advisory Board

The 2U Advisory Board will provide strategic guidance on the company's growth and purpose in the competitive industry landscape, and offer insights on the latest developments influencing online higher education and technology. The board represents myriad diverse backgrounds, including international human rights advocates, politicians and presidential campaign strategists, academic philanthropists, corporate lawyers, and tech CEOs.

Adrian Fenty

Former Mayor, Washington DC / Andreesen Horowitz advisor

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Adrian Fenty served as the fifth mayor of the District of Columbia from January 2007–2011 where he championed unprecedented initiatives to tackle challenges facing the nation’s capital. A visionary with intense focus on reform, Mr. Fenty became a recognized national leader in the areas of urban education reform, public safety, public housing, economic revitalization, healthcare, and tourism, all during the most dramatic economic downturn since the Great Depression. Since leaving office, Mr. Fenty has provided strategic advice and business development solutions to an array of clients. He has served as a distinguished visiting professor of politics at his alma mater, Oberlin College and received his J.D. from Howard University School of Law.

Alan Arkatov

Former CEO of the Teaching Channel/Founder of

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Alan Arkatov is the former CEO of the Teaching Channel and founder of He's championed new and effective learning pathways as Chair of the CA. Postsecondary Education Commission, Chief eLearning Advisor for the Los Angeles Unified School District, and as a U.S. Secretary of Education appointee to the Congressional Web Education Commission. Alan has managed political campaigns and created ads at the local, state and national levels, in addition to leading some of the top communications companies in the U.S.

Alec Ross

Senior Fellow, Columbia University; former Senior Advisor to Secretary of State

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Alec Ross is one of America’s leading experts on innovation. He is currently a Senior Fellow at Columbia University’s School of International & Public Affairs and writing a book to be published by Simon & Schuster about the industries and businesses of the future. He serves as an advisor to investors, corporations and government leaders to help them understand the implication of factors emerging at the intersection of geopolitics, markets and increasingly disruptive network technologies.

Alec Ross recently served for four years as Senior Advisor for Innovation to the Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, a role created for him by Secretary Clinton to maximize the potential of technology and innovation in service of America’s diplomatic goals and stewarding the Secretary of State 21st Century Statecraft agenda. In this role, Alec acted as the diplomatic lead on a range of issues including cybersecurity, Internet Freedom, disaster response and the use of network technologies in conflict zones.

Previously, Alec served as the Convener for the Technology, Media & Telecommunications Policy Committee on Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign and served on the Obama-Biden Presidential Transition Team.

In 2000, he and three colleagues co-founded the nonprofit organization One Economy and grew it from modest origins in a basement into a global organization serving millions of low-income people, with programs on four continents.

Among recent recognitions:

  • Top 100 Global Thinkers by Foreign Policy Magazine
  • U.S. Department of State Distinguished Honor Award
  • 2013 Oxford University Internet & Society Award
  • Huffington Post’s 10 Game Changers in Politics
  • 2012 Tribeca Film Festival Disruptive Innovation Award honoree

Alec has served as a guest lecturer at numerous institutions including the United Nations, Oxford University, Harvard Law School, Stanford Business School and a number of parliamentary bodies. His writing has appeared in publications including the Johns Hopkins SAIS Review of International Affairs and the NATO Review.

Alec started his career as a sixth grade teacher through Teach for America in inner-city Baltimore where he lives with his wife and their three young children.

Binta Niambi Brown

Senior Fellow, Harvard Kennedy School Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government/Former Partner, Kirkland & Ellis LLP

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Binta Niambi Brown is a corporate lawyer, startup advisor, human rights advocate, and bass player based in New York City. Binta began basic computer programming courses when she was ten years old, had her computers talking to other computers outside her home by the time she was twelve....still infatuated, Binta wrote her senior thesis at Barnard College about the Internet in 1995, relying extensively on data and analysis derived from the World Wide Web and other Internet sources. She wrote about the affect the Internet would have prospectively on commerce, communications, business and policy making.

After working for a technology start-up, Binta went to Columbia Law School and then as an associate at Cravath, Swaine & Moore worked exclusively on technology and internet IPOs and telecom transactions through 2002.

Binta subsequently advised senior management and corporate boards of media, technology, telecom and entertainment companies on corporate governance matters, strategy and special situations, and was a partner in Kirkland & Ellis LLP, before taking a break to undertake research at Harvard as a Senior Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government, in addition to advising a dozen early stage technology companies.

Binta was an informal advisor to Hillary Rodham Clinton's presidential campaign and served on each of Governor Eliot Spitzer's and Governor Andrew Cuomo's transition teams, in each case as a member of their respective Transportation Policy Advisory Committees.

A Truman National Security Fellow and former Pipeline Fellow, Binta has been recognized as one of the Root's 100 Most Influential African-Americans, Fortune Magazine's 40 under 40 business leaders, JET Magazine's 40 under 40, Crain's New York 40 under 40, by the National Organization for Women as a Woman of Power and Influence, by Super Lawyers as a New York Area Super Lawyer Rising Star, and by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader. She is a winner of the 2013 CUP Catalyst Change Agent award, and has been featured in Real Simple magazine on mentorship, the Washington Post, the New York Times, and on CNN.

Binta sits on several boards including: 2U (advisory), Barnard College, Human Rights First, the New York City Parks Foundation, and the American Theatre Wing.

She plays electric bass in NYC area bands and enjoys running, cycling and photography.

Haley DeMaria

1st USC Rossier online MAT program Cohort / Author / Notre Dame Commencement Speaker

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Haley Scott DeMaria joins the 2U Advisory Board as a graduate of the first cohort of the USC Rossier online MAT program. A life-long educator, Haley was a teacher, coach and high school administrator before leaving the classroom to write her inspiring story, What Though the Odds – Haley Scott’s Journey of Faith and Triumph (Cross Training Publishing, 2008), chronicling her return to collegiate swimming after a fatal bus accident left her paralyzed.

Haley has been honored with several national awards as a result of her inspiring recovery; she received the inaugural Gene Autry Courage in Sport Award, and the Honda Award for Inspiration from the NCAA; and was named a Woman of Distinction at the National Conference for College Women, as well as a Fellow at the National Institute for Sport. In 2012, she served as the commencement speaker at the University of Notre Dame, and repeated this honor in 2013, at Seton Hill University, receiving honorary doctorates from both institutions.

Haley continues her teaching vocation in a non-traditional setting, traveling the country to speak to schools, churches, businesses and civic organizations. She serves as president of the Notre Dame Monogram Club, an athletics board at her undergraduate alma mater; and consults as creative producer on the book-to-film adaptation of What Though the Odds, currently in pre-production.

Haley and her husband, Jamie (a graduate of the MBA@UNC), reside in Annapolis, MD, with their two crazy boys, James and Edward, her inspiration for wanting to make a difference.

Jeremy Johnson

Strategic Advisor to the CEO

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Jeremy is a lifelong entrepreneur with a passion for leveraging technology to improve education. He founded his first company, a marketplace for virtual currency, at 15 and his second, a social network around the college admissions process, at 21 while a student at Princeton University. He left Princeton to lead the venture until its acquisition by Zinch in 2007. In 2008, at 24, Jeremy co-founded 2U with John Katzman (founder of the Princeton Review) and Chip Paucek (CEO of Hooked on Phonics), leveraging digital innovations to bring top tier education online. At 2U, Jeremy has worn multiple hats, including Chief Technology Officer (2008-2009), Chief Marketing Officer (2010-2012), and Chief Strategy Officer (2012-2014).

Outside of 2U, Jeremy is a friend and lover of all things "start-up."" He serves on the board of The Young Entrepreneur Council, which combats youth underemployment through entrepreneurship, and invests in and mentors early stage ventures looking to change the world. He has spoken on education and entrepreneurship at the White House and Congress, at universities and conferences around the world, and on NBC, ABC, FOX and CNBC.

Highlighting his work at 2U, Jeremy has also been featured on both the Forbes and Inc Magazine "30 Under 30" lists and was named one of the “30 Most Influential Entrepreneurs” in 2011 and 2012 by Under30 CEO.

Finally, an avid foodie, Jeremy probably has a handful of restaurant recommendations for you. If he isn't working late into the night with his team, he can likely be found exploring the culinary landscape of whatever strange land he finds himself in. You can follow Jeremy Johnson at @JeremyJ

Joe Rospars

Founder and CEO, Blue State Digital

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Joe Rospars is the founder and CEO of Blue State Digital, a digital agency that works with nonprofits, brands and campaigns to build communities that take action. For both the 2008 and 2012 campaigns, Joe was Barack Obama's principal digital strategist and adviser, overseeing the digital integration of the unprecedented fundraising, communications, and grassroots mobilization effort. The digital arm of the campaign provided the backbone of design and branding both online and offline, and engaged a record-breaking number of Americans through mobile, social, video and the web. Joe has been named to the Advertising Age “Digital A-List,” and Rolling Stone included him among “100 People Who Are Changing America.” He is a graduate of the George Washington University.

Josh Jarrett

Former Deputy Director of Postsecondary Success, Gates Foundation

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Josh Jarrett is Co-founder and Chief Learning Officer of Koru, a start-up revolutionizing the college-to-career transition.  Koru connects talented graduates to the relevant skills, real-world experience, and professional communities they need to launch meaningful careers.  Josh oversees program development, program implementation, and college partnerships for Koru. 


Prior to Koru, Josh was Deputy Director of Postsecondary Success at the Bill & Meilnda Gates Foundation. Josh led the Next Generation Models portfolio, which increased low-income student success and improved affordability through learning innovations and technologies. Investments areas include interactive courseware and tools, diagnostic assessments, integrated planning and advising systems, and breakthrough delivery models. 

Earlier in his career, Josh served as an Engagement Manger in McKinsey & Company’s Media & Entertainment and Social Sector Practices, as part of the early team that launched Enkata, a customer service software company, and as a business planning consultant in the National Park Service.

Josh is a graduate of Dartmouth College and he holds a graduate degree in business from the Harvard Business School.

Stuart Ruderfer

Founder, Civic Entertainment, Producer, NBC's Education Nation

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Stuart Ruderfer is the co-founder and CEO of Civic Entertainment Group, an experiential marketing agency behind some of the biggest events, promotions, and brand partnerships for clients including HBO, NFL, NBC News, Airbnb, CNN, and many more. Ruderfer is responsible for overall client development and management, and has overseen the company’s growth from its inception as a two-man operation to one of the most award-winning agencies in the country. In November 2012, Seacrest Global Group acquired a majority stake in Civic, further driving the agency’s expansion into the entertainment, sports, education and hospitality industries. Prior to founding CEG, Stuart launched the marketing and events division for the City of New York under Mayor Rudy Giuliani in 1994, where he produced the HBO Garth Brooks Live Concert in Central Park. Ruderfer graduated magna cum laude from The George Washington University in 1992, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He earned his J.D. from The George Washington University Law School in 1998.