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Board of Trustees

As a nonprofit organization, Khan Lab School is governed by a self-perpetuating Board of Trustees. The Board of Trustees is responsible for the financial welfare of the school as well as its strategic planning.

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Salman Khan

Founder & Chair of the Board
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Salman Khan

Founder & Chair of the Board

Salman “Sal” Khan is the Founder of Khan Lab School and Chair of the Board of Directors. In his book, The One World Schoolhouse: Education Reimagined, Sal outlines his vision for the future of education. He 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.” At KLS, he teaches a weekly World History seminar for Upper School students.

Sal is also the Founder and CEO of Khan Academy, a nonprofit with the mission of providing a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere. Khan Academy provides instructional videos, practice exercises, and teacher tools which empower students in and outside of the classroom to learn at their own pace. Khan Academy has been translated into dozens of languages and more than 10 million people around the globe learn on Khan Academy each month. In addition to setting the vision and direction for Khan Academy, Sal still makes many Khan Academy videos himself.

He holds three degrees from MIT and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

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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 and the founder of the firm’s Silicon Valley operations.

Hemant partners with mission-driven founders building platform companies that are fundamentally aligned with the long-term interests of society. He is an early investor in market-leading companies like Digit, Grammarly, Gusto, Livongo, Mindstrong, Samsara, Snap, and Stripe.

His primary investment thesis, known as “economies of unscale,” explores how 21st-century founders leverage AI-based mass personalization techniques to innovate and build platforms across all sectors of the economy. In his 2018 book Unscaled, Hemant builds on that thesis and articulates the need for accountability, transparency, and explainability in AI technologies as they permeate deeper into daily life. His more recent work in Harvard Business Review, "The Era of Move Fast and Break Things is Over," advocates for entrepreneurs and venture capitalists to adopt frameworks for responsible innovation and investing.

In addition to his investment work, Hemant is the Co-Founder of Advanced Energy Economy, an organization focused on transforming energy policy in America; and is a Founding Board Member of the Khan Lab School, a nonprofit K-12 school dedicated to classroom innovation. He sits on the Board of Fellows for the Stanford School of Medicine and teaches a course at the college on A.I., Entrepreneurship and Society.

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Rachel Skiffer

Head of School
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Rachel Skiffer

Head of School

Rachel was named Head of School in 2018, and brings to KLS deep leadership experience in strategy, law, admissions, curriculum, financial aid, and college counseling. Rachel most recently worked at Phillips Academy (Andover), where she spent five years as the school’s Dean of Policy and Strategic Planning. Rachel has also held administrative leadership positions at San Francisco University High School and The Latin School of Chicago, and worked in admissions and financial aid at Harvard College. Prior to her career in education, Rachel spent time as a commercial real estate attorney with Kirkland & Ellis, and as a management consultant with McKinsey & Company.

Rachel holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School, where she was on the Harvard Law Review, and a B.A. from Harvard-Radcliffe College. As a San Francisco native, she is thrilled to introduce her husband and young children to the natural beauty and culinary diversity of California, and to the practice of always bringing an extra layer. She wakes up every morning grateful to work in the service of young minds as they discover their profound potential for mastery and creativity. It is a privilege for her to work amongst innovators whose true focus is on students and their learning.