Get Schooled

Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors support us in countless ways. They make us smarter, hold us accountable, and care deeply about our mission.


David Sutphen, Chair

David Sutphen is Chief Engagement and Strategy Officer at 2U, an educational technology company that provides online degree programs to nonprofit colleges and universities. In this role, David leads the company’s communications and brand functions. Prior to joining 2U, David was a Partner in Brunswick’s Washington, D.C. office. 

David is the Founding Board Chair of Get Schooled, an initiative he led through his tenure at Paramount as the company’s Senior Vice President of Government Relations. In addition to leading our Board of Directors, David also serves as a Board member of CityBridge Education and as the Secretary of the Board for the U.S. Soccer Foundation. 

David began his career as an Associate at Covington & Burling, following a clerkship on the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. He is a graduate of The University of Michigan Law School.

Heidi L. Naunton

Heidi Naunton is Senior Vice President, Senior Counsel & Assistant Secretary at Paramount. In this role Heidi manages the legal support for the Paramount Board of Directors, including ensuring compliance with evolving corporate governance and disclosure and regulatory developments.

In addition to her service on Get Schooled’s Board of Directors, Heidi is Co-Chair of Paramount's companywide Pro Bono Task Force. She is a member of the Board of Directors of Lawyers Alliance for New York and Co-Chair of the Board’s Development Committee and an affiliate member of the Pro Bono and Legal Services Committee of the New York City Bar Association.

Heidi began her career as an Associate in the New York office of Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP. She received her law degree from Brooklyn Law School.

Carl Folta

Carl Folta is Senior Counselor at Abernathy MacGregor, a leading strategic communications firm. As Senior Counselor, Carl provides client counseling and business development, focusing on the media and entertainment industries. Prior to joining Abernathy MacGregor, Carl was Executive Vice President, Corporate Communication at Paramount, where he was responsible for Paramount's overall communications activities, both internally and externally. Prior to joining Paramount, he held various communications roles of increasing responsibility.

In addition to serving on Get Schooled’s Board of Directors, Carl is a member of the Board of Trustees of St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City and serves on the Board of Directors of the International Radio and Television Society, and Literacy Inc.

Carl graduated from Boston University’s College of Communication with a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations.

Crystal Barnes

Crystal Barnes is Senior Vice President, Culture & Corporate Social Responsibility at Paramount. In this role, Crystal oversees the development of organizational initiatives in support of Paramount's culture, corporate responsibility goals, and business strategies. Prior to joining Paramount, Crystal was Senior Vice President of Global Responsibility and Sustainability at Nielsen and Executive Director of the Nielsen Foundation.

In addition to her work with Get Schooled, Crystal currently serves on the New York Department of Education Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprise Diversity Council, as well as the Board of Advocates for Citizen Schools.

Crystal started her career as a CBS affiliate in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and for Comcast SportsNet in Bethesda, Maryland. She received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Broadcast Telecommunications and Mass Media from Temple University.

Shivam Shah

Shivam Shah is President of Summit Advisors, Inc. She served on the Senior Education Leadership Team of both the Gates Foundation and Chan Zuckerberg, was the Director of Special Initiatives at the USDOE, and is a Pahara Fellow. In addition to her work with Get Schooled, Shivam also serves on the Board of Directors at Education Forward DC, E.L. Haynes Public Charter School, and WETA, a DC-based television station. 

Shivam earned her bachelor’s degree in economics from Georgetown, studied at the London School of Economics, and has an MBA from Harvard Business School. 

Jonathan Garcia

Jonathan Garcia currently serves as the Chief of Staff at Portland Public Schools, the largest K-12 system in Oregon. Jonathan enjoys working in the social and public sector, particularly at the intersection of strategy, innovation, and partnerships; aimed at building systems that empower people, contribute towards racial justice, and builds self-sufficient communities. In addition to being named to the 2018 Forbes “30 Under 30 in Education," Jonathan is a Pahara Fellow. 

In addition to serving on the Get Schooled Board of Directors, Jonathan also serves on the Board of Directors for the Portland Trailblazers Foundation, The Futuro Media Group, and Arte Publico Press at the University of Houston. 

A first-generation college student, Jonathan earned his Bachelor of Arts in Sociology & Philosophy and a Master of Arts in Management from Azusa Pacific University. 

Dr. Mike Muñoz

Dr. Mike Muñoz is President of Long Beach City College, and is a nationally-recognized transformational leader in higher education with an expertise in closing racial equity gaps for students of color. 

In addition to serving on Get Schooled's Board of Directors, Dr. Muñoz also serves on the Board of Directors for the National Community Colleges Hispanic Council, is a founding Board Member of COLEGAS (the California Community Colleges Latinx professional association), and is a Member of the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office Fiscal Advisory Committee.

Dr. Muñoz is a first-generation college graduate and attended East Los Angeles College and Fullerton College before transferring to the University of California, Irvine (UCI), where he received his bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Social Behavior. He received his master’s degree in Counseling and his Doctorate of Education with a specialization in Community College Leadership from California State University, Long Beach.

Tracy Henderson

Tracy Henderson is currently Executive Director, Impact & Inclusion at Comcast NBCUniversal, where she builds and manages Comcast’s community investment portfolio, sourcing and cultivating relationships with external partners, including national and regional nonprofits, to advance the company’s commitment to digital equity and advancing social justice and equality. Additionally, she is a senior advisor on corporate giving operations and governance and impact metrics and evaluation.

Tracy is a first-generation college graduate with a BS in Community Health Education from San Francisco State University and an MBA from UC Riverside. She also received certificates from Boston College in Corporate Citizen Leadership and Cornell University in Diversity & Inclusion. 

John Jowers

John Jowers is currently the Senior Director of Global Communications for the Jordan Brand at Nike, where he thinks deeply about the brand, storytelling, impact, and resonance among youth in the U.S. and globally. 

Originally from England, John - who is a first-generation college graduate - received his a Bachelor's of Science degree in Business Studies and Sports Science from Brunel University in London, UK. He lives in Portland, Oregon. 

Dia Bryant 

Dia Bryant is the Executive Director at The Education Trust - New York, where she leads an ambitious policy and advocacy agenda focused on improving educational outcomes for children from early childhood through college. Prior to her work in her current role, Dia worked for the New York Department of Education in multiple capacities, including her role as founding principal at Vista Academy, a middle school in East Brooklyn, NY. 

A Detroit native and first-generation college graduate, Dia earned her Bachelors degree in Economics from Kalamazoo College, a Master's degree in Math Education from Brooklyn College, and a Doctorate of Educational Leadership from Harvard University.