Board of Directors

Catherine M. Casserly

Catherine M. Casserly is a senior partner responsible for strategic management of new program initiatives and leading Carnegie’s work in Open Educational Resources. Prior to joining Carnegie, Casserly was director of the Open Educational Resources initiative at The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, where she managed a portfolio of grants to improve teaching and learning through the equalization of knowledge. Leading the strategic direction of this nascent field, Casserly worked to raise global awareness of resources, participants and their projects. Before joining the Hewlett Foundation, she was the program officer for Evaluation for the Walter S. Johnson Foundation, and worked as a policy analyst for SRI International. Casserly has taught mathematics in Kingston, Jamaica, and tutored in a high-security prison. From 1997 to 2000, she served as a trustee for the San Mateo County Board of Education. She holds a Ph.D. in the Economics of Education from Stanford University and a B.A. in Mathematics from Boston College.

Betty Cohen

Betty Cohen, a senior media executive, currently consults for both traditional and digital media companies. She is best known for leading the Cartoon Network as its president from its U.S. start-up in October 1992 to becoming a global phenomenon with an asset value of nearly $3 billion by June 2001. Most recently, she served as president and chief executive officer of Lifetime Entertainment Services, the leader in women’s television. Prior to Cartoon Network, Cohen was general manager of TNT (Turner Network Television).

In December 2007, Cohen was inducted into “She Made It” Hall of Fame at the Paley Center for Media (formerly the Museum of Television and Radio). In October 2006, Cohen was inducted into the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame, and in December 2006 she received the prestigious “Muse Award” from the NY Women in Film and TV. In 2000, Cohen was named one of “The 50 Most Powerful Women in Business” by Fortune magazine. In June 1999, she was cited by Advertising Age as one of the country’s “Top 100 Marketers.”

Cohen serves on the Women’s Leadership Board of the Kennedy School at Harvard University and on the advisory boards for World Science Festival and Roadtrip Nation. Cohen earned a B.A. in communications from Stanford University, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa.

Joichi Ito

Joichi Ito is the CEO of Creative Commons and a venture capitalist. He is a co-founder and board member of Digital Garage and on the board of Tucows. He is a senior visiting researcher of Keio Research Institute at Shonan Fujisawa Campus in Japan and is the chairman of Six Apart Japan, the weblog software company. He is on board of a number of non-profit organizations, including The Mozilla Foundation, WITNESS and Global Voices. He has created numerous Internet companies, including PSINet Japan, Digital Garage and Infoseek Japan, and was an early-stage investor in Twitter, Six Apart, Wikia, Technorati, Flickr, SocialText, Dopplr,, Rupture, Kongregate and other Internet companies.

He has served and continues to serve on various Japanese central as well as local government committees and boards, advising the government on IT, privacy and computer security related issues. He is currently researching “The Sharing Economy” as a Doctor of Business Administration candidate at the Graduate School of International Corporate Strategy at Hitotsubashi University in Japan. He maintains a weblog, where he regularly shares his thoughts with the online community, and is the guild custodian of the World of Warcraft guild, We Know.

Ito was listed by Time magazine as a member of the “Cyber-Elite” in 1997 and as one of the 50 “Stars of Asia” by BusinessWeek in 2000. He was selected by the World Economic Forum in 2001 as one of the “Global Leaders for Tomorrow,” chosen by Newsweek as a member of the “Leaders of the Pack” in 2005, and listed by Vanity Fair as a member of “The Next Establishment” in 2007. Ito was also named by Businessweek as one of the 25 Most Influential People on the Web in 2008.

Jason Stoffer

Jason joined Maveron in 2007 and is now a partner focused on investing in education, e-commerce and web-enabled consumer businesses. He is a board member of Gigi Hill and is a Board observer at zulily, General Assembly, Altius Education and Livemocha. Jason also led the firm’s investments in Julep and Everlane.

Prior to joining Maveron, Jason served as senior director of strategic operations for Career Education Corp., where he co-founded and led admissions and marketing for IADT Online, a for-profit design school. He has also served as an associate at Spinnaker Ventures, an expansion-stage venture capital fund.

Jason, who set out to become the world’s greatest veterinarian at the age of five, has shifted his career goals, but his love of animals remains. He and his wife have adopted a schnauzer and he is also a proud father of a young son named Eli (who also loves puppies and footballs).

Jason graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a BA in economics from the University of Michigan (Go Blue!), and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.