President and Chief Executive Officer
Jeff Wahl is President and CEO of EdisonLearning, the country’s largest provider of charter school management and school district support services to the K-12 market. EdisonLearning serves more than 450,000 students in 25 states, the United Kingdom, and the Middle East.
During his tenure, he has led the operational and financial turnaround of the organization. These efforts encompassed a series of initiatives that included elimination of spending on non-core activities and implementation of strategies for redesigned finance, human resources, sales and field support operations.
Concurrent with the implementation of efficiency measures, Jeff led the expansion of the organization into new areas of educational services, including efforts that have helped EdisonLearning re-establish its position as a pioneer in education reform through creation of virtual K-12 cyber schools and extended learning offerings.
When he joined the organization in 2007, Jeff brought an extensive background and experience in strategy development and operational/financial management. Jeff spent 15 years with General Electric (GE) in a variety of operational and P&L assignments, including senior leadership positions with GE Capital. Specifically, he served as president and COO of GE Capital’s Great Lakes Bureau in Buffalo, NY. Jeff began his career as a supervising senior accountant at KPMG-Peat Marwick.
Through his work, Jeff has earned national recognition as a leading voice in education reform and has been a frequent speaker at educational conferences and frequently serves as an advisor to local, state and national leaders on education policy. He has been an advisor to several gubernatorial transition teams and has lectured at New York University and Columbia University. Jeff is a member of the Digital Learning Council and the New York City Advisory Board of New Leaders for New Schools, a leading national not-for-profit organization focused on driving improvements in public education through leadership development. He also participated in NBC’s 2010 Education Nation Summit that gathered education thought leaders from across the nation to address the most pressing K-12 issues today.
Jeff graduated with highest honors from Walsh University and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration with majors in Accounting, Management, and Finance. He is also a Certified Black Belt in “Six Sigma,” a highly disciplined process to help companies focus on developing and delivering near-perfect products and services.
Global Education & Strategy Officer
Paul Lincoln is Global Education & Strategy Officer of EdisonLearning, a leading international educational solutions provider with nearly 20 years of experience partnering with school districts, governments, organizations, charter authorizers, and boards.
Paul has deep knowledge of the EdisonLearning model having founded our operation in the United Kingdom in 2003. In addition, he has a thorough understanding of the ingredients of outstanding schools, having honed his skills during the 19 years he spent as a highly successful teacher and leader in state secondary schools in England. He was at the forefront of innovation in relation to student motivation, curriculum, effective learning and staff development.
Paul also led the turnaround of one of the biggest local education authorities (school districts) in England with responsibility for 600 schools. He achieved this by providing highly credible educational leadership and ensuring that services were meeting needs of our education partners.
Prior to his Global Education & Strategy Officer role, Paul was Managing Director of EdisonLearning Limited in the United Kingdom and had transitioned to Executive Chairman of the new EdisonLearning Limited Board, which oversees our international operations. He expanded the EdisonLearning model internationally when he founded the wholly-owned United Kingdom subsidiary of EdisonLearning and has led our successful growth efforts there and in the Middle East. Under his leadership, our operations in both regions have achieved positive results.
Paul has a Masters degree in History from Cambridge University. His publications include The Learning School, a U.K. research report, and the book Supporting Improving Primary Schools.