Bart Epstein is President and CEO of the nonprofit Jefferson Education Exchange (JEX), and a Research Associate Professor at the University of Virginia Curry School of Education. In these roles, Bart helps to lead a national movement to support educators and institutional leaders to make better informed decisions about the educational technologies they select and implement.
Prior to launching JEX, Bart served as Founding CEO of the Jefferson Education Accelerator, which focuses on helping growth-stage education companies perform real academic research to demonstrate impact on student learning outcomes. He previously spent ten years helping to build the world’s largest online tutoring and homework help service, Tutor.com. Along the way he served as Chief Strategy Officer, General Counsel, and General Manager of the U.S. Department of Defense Online Tutoring and Homework Help Service for Military Families.
Earlier in his career, Bart was in the classroom teaching math, analytical reasoning, and reading comprehension for The Princeton Review before serving as its youngest-ever Master Teacher.
Bart has served as an investor, board member, advisor and mentor to numerous education and technology companies and as a member of the Digital Promise Research Advisory Board.
Bart earned a B.A. from the State University of New York at Binghamton and a J.D. from the University of Virginia, where he was an editor of the Virginia Law Review and a John M. Olin Scholar for Law & Economics. Bart served as a law clerk to the former Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit before working as a corporate attorney for Latham & Watkins.
Bart speaks and writes frequently about the importance of valuing merit over marketing in the selection of education technologies for our nation’s classrooms. He currently serves on the board of ASCD, the nation’s largest nonprofit, non-union, nonpartisan organization dedicated to teacher advocacy and professional development.
In his free time, Bart is an instrument-rated commercial pilot, volunteer pilot for Angel Flight, and former Civilian Test Pilot for NASA Human Factors Research. For nearly ten years Bart has served as President and Chairman of Gifts for the Homeless in Washington, D.C., which is tied for first place as the most efficient charity in the nation.