Equity & Ethics in AIEd
  • Ajoy Vase

    Former Consultant and Senior Program Manager at the Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative

    Ajoy Vase works with community members, researchers, educators, technologists and funders to advance and apply our knowledge on teaching and learning. He recently served as a Program Officer at the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, where he supported work on Learning R&D. Previously, he was a consultant with Bain & Company where he helped large technology and healthcare companies support emerging initiatives. He began his career in education as a math teacher and community organizer.
  • Cassandra Herring

    Founder, President, and CEO of the Branch Alliance for Educator Diversity

    Cassandra Herring, Ph.D., founded Branch Alliance for Educator Diversity (BranchED) and serves as President and Chief Executive Officer. She established BranchED as a national nonprofit organization aimed at maximizing programming and driving innovation in preparing highly effective diverse educators for all learners. Dr. Herring’s passion about equity-driven education reform fuels her work. Her career spans all levels of education, with professional experiences in Head Start through higher education and leading state education policy.
    Prior to founding BranchED, Dr. Herring served as Dean of the School of Education and Human Development at Hampton University for nearly 10 years. She earned her Doctor of Philosophy degree in Educational Policy from Georgia State University, and Master of Science and Bachelor of Arts degrees from the University of Texas at Austin.
  • Saad M. Khan

    Chief AI Scientist and Innovation Officer at Finetune

    Dr. Saad M. Khan is Chief Innovation and Research Officer at FineTune Learning. With expertise in NLP, computer vision and machine learning, his interests span a spectrum of multidisciplinary research that includes multimodal analytics, psychometrics, educational games and simulations. At FineTune, he leads the development of AI powered next generation learning and assessment systems, including GenerateTM, a groundbreaking artificial intelligence (AI) system to author assessment content. Khan received the 2020 eAssessment Award for innovation in edtech and won the 2018 NYU/Gates Foundation ‘Algorithms for Change’ competition for his work on using AI to improve learning outcomes for underserved students. Prior to joining FineTune, Khan served in leadership positions at ACTNext, ETS and SRI International and led programs funded by IES, DARPA and ONR, among others. He has authored over 30 publications and holds five issued patents. Khan received a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Central Florida in 2008. He is a senior member of IEEE and chaired the Signal Processing Chapter of IEEE’s Princeton Section.
  • Jim Larimore

    Chief Officer of Equity in Learning at Riiid

    Jim Larimore is the Chief Officer for Equity in Learning at Riiid Labs, where he leads strategy, programs and partnerships to leverage Riiid’s strengths in Artificial Intelligence (AI) to close gaps in educational opportunity, achievement and student success.

    Jim previously led ACT’s Center for Equity in Learning, served as deputy director for student success at the Gates Foundation, and has been a student affairs leader at campuses including Stanford, Dartmouth, Swarthmore, and NYU Abu Dhabi. Jim has served on the Gates Millennium Scholars Advisory Council, the Stanford Alumni Association Board of Directors, the International Student Affairs Advisory Board for the Universidad de Monterrey in the State of Nuevo Leon, Mexico, and the Advisory Board of the Hope Center for College, Community and Justice.

    He currently serves on the advisory councils of the Aspen Forum for Community Solutions, the Center for Postsecondary Readiness and Success at American University, the EdTech Advisory Council of the Educating All Learners Alliance, and the Dean’s Advisory Council at the University of Iowa’s College of Education. Jim also serves on the Stanford Associates Board of Governors, and on the Board of Directors of the Branch Alliance for Educator Diversity, which is based in Austin, and the NROC Project, based in Monterey, California, which works with educational organizations to promote student success in math and English at scale.

    Jim is a first generation college graduate with a Bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University – Commerce (formerly East Texas State University), and a Master’s degree from Stanford.