Thom Jackson is President and Chief Executive Officer of EdisonLearning, a leading international educational services provider with nearly a generation of experience creating effective and sustainable solutions to raise student achievement. He is among the small segment of unique business leaders who are able to build relationships, trust, and rapport – that in turn result in solid partnerships and alliances. This quality was best exemplified when in 2014, he brokered the acquisition and directed the restructuring of the company.
Thom initially joined EdisonLearning as General Counsel, and later assumed the role of Chief Operating and Legal Officer. Throughout, he has served in critical leadership roles developing, articulating and executing the company’s growth and implementation strategies. Thom’s leadership has deepened the company’s focus on Growth; “Operational Excellence:” ensuring that the domestic field operations are implemented with fidelity to the company’s proprietary Five Strand Design®; successfully re-tooling the company’s enrollment function; building and implementing an effective and efficient account management model; developing a coherent communications and social media strategy; and managing the operational features of the company’s strategic alliance with Magic Johnson Enterprises.
Before joining EdisonLearning, Thom held various key leadership positions at international and Fortune 100 companies. As the Chief Legal Officer at the GAB Robins Group of Companies, a private equity portfolio company with operations in over 50 countries, Thom led international acquisition teams and negotiated complex financial instruments in excess of $400 million. At both Prudential and MetLife, Thom held positions of increasing responsibility and managed enterprise-wide projects, helping to design and implement corporate compliance and “early warning” systems that mitigated high-profile legal and regulatory risks.
Thom has served three New Jersey Governors, including leading a budget task force of New Jersey business leaders established by Governor Richard Codey to streamline New Jersey’s $30 billion budget and serving on the budget transition team for Governor Jon Corzine. In 2007, Thom was appointed to serve as the inaugural Chairman of the Board of Directors for New Jersey’s largest charity care hospital, the UMDNJ’s University Hospital, with more than $500 million in revenues. Under Thom’s leadership, University Hospital posted its first profitable years in more than two decades.
Thom received his undergraduate degree in Political Science at DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana with an emphasis on economics and international relations. Thom received his Juris Doctor from the University of Cincinnati College of Law.
Maureen Ryan is Chief Financial Officer of EdisonLearning, a leading international educational services provider with nearly a generation of experience creating effective and sustainable solutions to raise student achievement. In this role, she is responsible for the financial leadership of the company, and for upholding strong financial management and accountability.
Throughout her tenure with the company, which began in 1999, Maureen has held positions of increasing responsibility in both the operational and financial divisions of the organization. In her most recent role as Senior Vice President of Budget and Operations, she created and executed the annual operations budget, successfully implemented innovative solutions to complex operational needs, and monitored company progress against strategic initiatives and academic achievement targets.
Maureen also served as Senior Vice President for Financial Planning and Analysis, and on two occasions as Interim Chief Financial Officer.
Prior to joining EdisonLearning, Maureen served as a Municipal Financial Analyst in the Office of the New York State Deputy Controller. Earlier, she was an Economic Analyst with the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey.
Maureen earned her Bachelor of Arts degree (Magna Cum Laude) from California State University-Northridge, and her Master of Public Administration from Columbia University.
Laura Hayes is Chief Academic Officer of EdisonLearning, a leading international educational services provider with nearly a generation of experience creating effective and sustainable solutions to raise student achievement. In this role, she is responsible for the implementation of the company’s extensive portfolio of proven K-12 solutions, including: school improvement and management of charter and district schools, Magic Johnson Bridgescape Academies focused on dropout prevention and recovery, state-wide virtual high schools, and eCourses - a full online curriculum.
Having honed her skills during a thirty-year career as a highly successful teacher, principal, and administrator, Laura has a thorough understanding of the ingredients of outstanding schools. With EdisonLearning, she has served as Vice President of Education Services, and as Senior Director of Achievement to a large number of the company’s partners.
Prior to her role with EdisonLearning, Laura was Chief of Schools for Uplift Education, National Director of Foundations for New Leaders for New Schools, and Director of Education, Foundation for Community Empowerment. Throughout, she has been at the forefront of innovation in relation to student motivation, curriculum, effective learning and staff development.
Laura holds numerous educational certifications, including those as: Teacher, Mid-Management, Supervisor, and Superintendent. She earned her undergraduate degree from Bishop College in Dallas, and her Master of Science from the University of North Texas.