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As a nonprofit organization, Khan Lab School is governed by a self-perpetuating Board of Directors. The Board of Directors is responsible for the financial welfare of the school as well as its strategic planning. The Executive Director of KLS is the President and a voting member of the Board, and the Executive Director is appointed by the Board and has full operational control of KLS. 

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Sal Khan

Founder & Chairman
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Sal Khan

Founder & Chairman

Salman “Sal” Khan is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Khan Academy, a not-for-profit with the mission of providing a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere. Khan Academy is a learning platform that includes instructional videos, practice exercises, dashboard analytics, and teacher tools which empower learners in and outside of the classroom to learn at their own pace. Khan Academy has been translated into dozens of languages, and 100 million people around the world use the platform every year.

Sal has been profiled by 60 Minutes, featured on the cover of Forbes, and recognized as one of TIME’s “100 Most Influential People in the World.” In his book, The One World Schoolhouse: Education Reimagined, Sal outlines his vision for the future of education. He is the Founder and Chairman of the Board at Khan Lab School.

Sal holds three degrees from MIT and a MBA from Harvard Business School.

Dominic Liechti
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Dominic Liechti

President of the Board
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Dominic Liechti

Dominic Liechti

President of the Board

Dominic is a goal-driven leader with over 14 years of experience in international business administration and educational leadership. He specializes in strategy, organizational change management, and implementing technology-based solutions to complement the holistic student learning process.

Prior to joining KLS in 2016, Dominic was the Managing Director of the German American International School in Menlo Park, where he founded and directed the International Middle School and the go-to-market strategy for the High School, spearheaded the International Baccalaureate accreditation process, and led the entire political negotiation of the new facility and its complex relocation process.

He was previously the Principal at an inner-city junior high in Zurich, Switzerland, where he strategized and led improvements for an economically disadvantaged student population; this work included partnering with a group of subject-matter experts to design and execute an innovative advisory program that prepares students for admission to vocational studies. For over six years prior to his headship, Dominic dedicated his career to personalized and project-based learning in the classroom: he taught innovative courses in Technology, Science, Math, Design, Physical Education, French, and German.

Outside of KLS, Dominic serves as the President and Chairman of the Board at Learn4life, a Swiss nonprofit organization he founded in 2004. Learn4life is committed to affordable education and has served over 2,000 economically disadvantaged students to date.

Raised in Switzerland, Dominic speaks Swiss German, German, English, French, and Italian. Dominic holds his teaching credential from the College of Education in Bern, Switzerland; his M.A. in School and Education Management from Zurich University of Teacher Education; and his M.B.A. from the world-renowned International Institute for Management Development (IMD) with a focus on Leadership, Strategy, Globalization, Entrepreneurship, and Innovation.

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Jenny Beeler

Secretary of the Board
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Jenny Beeler

Secretary of the Board

Jenny helps the Khan Academy team build and deepen relationships with thought leaders and experts across industries, ranging from education to design, and math to international relations. She also leads partnerships and initiatives that help students and teachers use Khan Academy’s tools and resources in K-12 classrooms. 

Prior to joining Khan Academy, Jenny was the COO of Iqra Fund, a U.S.-based non-profit providing a safe and sustainable education for thousands of girls and boys in the northern tribal regions of Pakistan. Prior to Iqra she helped found the Traveling School where, for more than a decade, she served on the board of directors and led various functions including finance and strategy. 

Jenny has also spent more than a decade consulting to and participating on the boards of schools innovating K-12 teaching and learning.

During college, Jenny taught Spanish to college level students in Costa Rica and spent several summers in Central America working to resolve some of the challenges of every day life in poverty that limit educational opportunities for children.

Jenny holds M.A. Ed. and MBA degrees from Stanford University and graduated from the University of Kansas with a bachelor’s degree in Spanish.

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Shantanu Sinha

Treasurer of the Board
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Shantanu Sinha

Treasurer of the Board

Shantanu is a Director of Product Management at Google, where he is working on education-related technology. Prior to joining Google, Shantanu was the founding President and COO of Khan Academy. Shantanu teamed up with Sal Khan (his high school math competitor and college roommate) in 2010 to help Khan Academy grow into a not-for-profit organization with millions of users around the world. Previously, Shantanu was an Associate Principal (Junior Partner) at McKinsey & Company, where he advised Fortune 500 leaders on strategy and operational issues. 

Shantanu holds three bachelor's degrees (Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, Mathematics, and Brain & Cognitive Sciences) and a master's in Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, all from MIT.

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Hemant Taneja

Board Member
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Hemant Taneja

Board Member

Hemant Taneja is a managing partner at General Catalyst. He joined General Catalyst in 2001 and launched the firm’s Silicon Valley office in 2011. Hemant invests in founders with authentic missions that have the potential to change entire industries, including education. His investment thesis, known as “economies of unscale,” describes the belief that small, tightly focused companies can leverage web services, datasets, and AI to successfully launch and compete against much larger, established competitors. He has led investments in various companies including Snapchat, Stripe, Gusto, TuneIn, Livongo and many others.

In the education space, Hemant has backed the startup ClassDojo that creates engaging classroom communities by connecting students, teachers, and parents together. He also serves on the board of directors of Khan Academy and Khan Lab School and has been a lecturer at MIT and Stanford University. Hemant is a graduate of MIT with five degrees.