Bart Epstein

Bart is a serial entrepreneur with deep experience as an operator, investor, mentor, faculty member, and advocate for structural change. In addition to his current work serving as the CEO of a company that runs after-school and summer enrichment programs, Bart brings more than two decades of experience leading and advising startup and growth-stage education and technology organizations. Bart has mentored, coached, and advised hundreds of founders, CEOs, and executive teams through his previous work with the Business Alliance Grubstakes Breakfast; as a guest lecturer at the Georgetown University MBA program; mentor and judge for the Startup Weekend EDU program; corporate attorney at Latham & Watkins; managing director of the Jefferson Education Fund; mentor for the GSVlabs, StartEd, Village Capital, and Dreamit EdTech incubator programs; and as the founder and CEO of the University of Virginia’s edtech accelerator.

Bart previously spent a decade helping to build and run the world’s largest online tutoring company, and served as the first general manager of the U.S. Department of Defense’s online tutoring and homework help service. Bart served recently as a judge for the XPRIZE Digital Learning Challenge as well as the Milken-Penn GSE Education Business Plan Competition. Bart has served as an advisor to private equity funds, guest lectured at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education, and presented his education work at The White House.

Bart serves on a variety of corporate and nonprofit boards, including on the board of ASCD+ISTE where he co-chairs the finance committee. He served on the faculty of the University of Virginia School of Education for seven years, and has been published, cited, and/or profiled in EdSurge, Education Week, The Hill, Fast Company, The Washington Post,, Chalkbeat, THE Journal, EdTech Magazine, the Dallas Morning News, District Administration, the Hechinger Report, and Aviation Safety magazine.  He recently published an op-ed with a sitting member of the United States Congress.

Bart is also well-known for having organized and chaired the nation’s first EdTech Efficacy Research Academic Symposium before founding the EdTech Evidence Exchange to bring to together researchers, investors, entrepreneurs, and educators to build consensus on how to measure -- for the first time -- the ways in which edtech implementation environments vary from school to school. Bart also played a key role in the early growth of The Princeton Review and spent years traveling the country to run operations and train teachers in a dozen cities. He was recently named one of the Top 100 Influencers in EdTech.

Bart received his BA from the State University of New York at Binghamton, and his JD from the University of Virginia School of Law, where he edited the Virginia Law Review before serving as a law clerk to the former Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Diego.

In his free time Bart is an instrument-rated commercial pilot. He is a volunteer pilot for Angel Flight and a former civilian test pilot for NASA Research. He and his wife live in Arlington (VA) with their twin boys.

Bart Epstein

Chief Executive Officer, Education Entrepreneur, ISTE+ASCD Board,, Princeton Review.


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