Transformation, not profit
For 30 years, BellXcel’s vision for all children to excel has fueled our pursuit of evidence, access, and equity. Proven science and practices on the ingredients that drive high-quality outcomes empower our youth development and school partners to reach more scholars and transform their lives, anywhere, anytime, any way.
Guided by Prominent Leaders
BellXcel’s Board of Directors guide the organization to achieve its strategic objectives. This prominent group of leaders brings valuable expertise in business, education, technology, and more.
Laura Samberg, Board ChairExecutive Director, Samberg Family Foundation
Laura Samberg oversees her family’s foundation which focuses on creating opportunities and mobility for children and families living in poverty. Prior, she conducted and managed research and policy work on education and children’s health in the corporate and nonprofit sectors, at the Institute of Educational Leadership, R.O.W. Sciences, and the American Council on Education.
Laura also serves on the boards of Harlem Children’s Zone and Health Leads. She holds a B.A. in History from Cornell University and a M.A. in Education from Stanford University. She lives with her husband and two children in Fairfax County, Virginia, where she is a Court Appointed Special Advocate for abused and neglected children.
Paula Arrojo, Board Vice ChairManaging Director, Goldman Sachs & Co
Paula is a private wealth advisor in the Consumer and Investment Management Division. She serves as a mentor and member of the Advisor’s Council at the firm. Paula joined Goldman Sachs in 2000 and was named managing director in 2010. Paula has 28 years of industry expertise, working for eight years at Chase Manhattan Bank as a senior relationship manager for Latin American clients before joining the firm.
Paula also serves on the Advisory Board of Horizons at Saint David’s and is a member of the Economic Club of New York. She earned a BA in Comparative Area Studies and Political Science from Duke University and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Michael BellExecutive Advisor, Thomas H. Lee Partners
Michael Bell brings three decades of business management and operational expertise in leading global services companies to BellXcel. Prior to his role at Thomas H. Lee Partners, he held the position of Chief Executive Officer of inVentiv Health. His focus on operational excellence, strategic innovation, and cultivating talent is well regarded in the industry. Prior to joining inVentiv Health, Michael served as Senior Executive Vice President of John Hancock Financial Services.
Michael co-founded and led the Monitor Group and Monitor Clipper Partners, where he partnered and invested with companies across the healthcare delivery continuum. He earned his bachelor’s degree from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and his MBA from Harvard Business School. He serves as the Chairman Emeritus of Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and previously served as a trustee and Chair of Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital.
Chris BulgerManaging Partner, Bulger Capital
Managing Partner of Bulger Capital, Chris Bulger provides investment banking and strategy consulting to innovative, technology-focused enterprises. He has been involved in over 100 transactions around the globe for clients such as IBM, Cognizant Technology Solutions, Knight Securities, Infosys and e*Trade.
Previously Chris was Founder and Managing Partner of Bulger Partners, providing strategy consulting services to companies and investors in the Software Economy. He has also worked as a venture capitalist, management consultant and systems engineer. Chris holds a B.S. in Engineering from Boston University and an MBA from Yale University.
Laura GlickChief Investment Officer, Spencer Foundation
Laura Glick is the Chief Investment Officer at the Spencer Foundation in Chicago, IL. Prior to joining Spencer, she held senior and executive private banking roles at firms including Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan and Wells Fargo, in both Chicago and New York City.
Laura brings to BellXcel strong financial experience in both the philanthropic and private sectors. Laura serves on the Winnetka Public Schools Foundation, the Winnetka Community House Woman’s Board and the University of Chicago Cancer Research Foundation. She is a proud alumna of the University of Michigan, where she earned an MBA and both a BSE and MSE in Industrial Engineering. Laura lives with her husband Jason and two children outside of Chicago.
Laura GrattanManaging Director, Thomas H. Lee Partners
Laura Grattan is managing director at Thomas H. Lee Partners. Prior to joining Thomas H. Lee in 2005, she worked in the Private Equity Group at Goldman, Sachs & Co. Laura is currently a director of Alfresco Software, Inc., Juvare and iHeartMedia, Inc. and a board observer at Univision Communications, Inc.
Prior directorships include inVentiv Health, Inc. and West Corporation. In addition to serving on the BellXcel Board of Directors, she is also on the board of Boston Scores, a local soccer-based education nonprofit. She holds an A.B., summa cum laude, in Economics from Dartmouth College and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
Anthony C. JordanPartner, Forensic & Integrity Services, Ernst & Young LLP (EY)
Tony Jordan is a partner of forensic & integrity services at EY specializing in forensic accounting investigations, issues surrounding Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), and general business-related disputes. He has extensive litigation consulting, forensic accounting and auditing experience, is a certified public accountant, and has been providing financial consulting advice to clients for over 20 years.
Previously, Tony was Accounting Branch Chief at the Boston SEC Office. Tony earned a BBA in Accounting at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and has multiple CPA affiliations. Tony is a 2006 Andrew Barr Award Winner and is a former Board member of Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange and Discovering Justice.
Allyson KimOwner, AK Consulting
Allyson Kim is a management consultant who has helped guide the strategy of many organizations in the education and health care industries. She began her career at Bain and Company and later worked at Quattro Consulting before starting her own consulting business.
Allyson brings to BellXcel experience helping other educational non-profits scale their programs, as well as knowledge she has gained serving on the Board of Directors of a pre-school, public elementary school, and her regional YMCA. She earned a B.A. in Economics and in Public Policy Studies from Duke University and an MBA from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business. She and her husband live in New York with their two children.
George NebleOffice Managing Partner, Ernst & Young LLP (EY) - Retired
George Neble currently serves as a board director and senior advisor to a number of public, private and non-profit organizations. He previously served as the Office Managing Partner of Ernst & Young in Boston, as well as the Market Segment Leader for New England. George led the New England Ernst & Young offices in providing assurance, tax, transactional and advisory services to some of the area’s largest public companies as well as to a diverse client base of innovative and entrepreneurial organizations.
George was also a partner in the audit practice of Arthur Andersen. He has more than 40 years of extensive experience working with companies on financing and acquisition plans, as well as involvement with numerous IPOs, secondary financing plans, and multiple merger and acquisition transactions.
Paul RevilleFrancis Keppel Professor, Harvard Graduate School of Education
Dr. Paul Reville is the Francis Keppel Professor of Practice of Educational Policy and Administration at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE). Paul has been a member of the HGSE faculty since 1997 and served as director of the Education Policy and Management Program. He is the founding director of HGSE’s Education Redesign Lab.
In 2013, Paul completed nearly five years of service as the Secretary of Education for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. As Governor Patrick’s top education adviser, Paul established a new Executive Office of Education and had oversight of higher education, K-12, and early education in the nation’s leading student achievement state.
Paul also served as a teacher and principal of two urban, alternative high schools. He holds a B.A. from Colorado College, an M.A. from Stanford University and five honorary doctorate degrees.
Garrett SmithDeputy Chancellor, University of Massachusetts, Boston
Garrett Smith brings a combination of experience in management and education to BellXcel. Prior to joining UMass Boston, he served as a Portfolio Manager at Strategic Grant Partners, a venture philanthropy and pro bono consulting firm, where he managed a portfolio of non-profit grantees and led strategic planning projects.
Garrett was Managing Director at the District Management Council (DMC), where he worked closely with school district leadership teams on strategy development and execution. Before joining DMC, he served as a management consultant at Bain & Company working across a wide variety of industries and practice areas. Garrett received a BA in Math and Economics from Williams College and an MBA and MPA from Harvard University.
David ZilbermanGeneral Partner, Norwest Venture Partners
David Zilberman has worked in the investment sector in various capacities for over 20 years, currently as General Partner at Norwest Venture Partners. Previously, David was Managing Director at Comcast Ventures where he was responsible for identifying, executing, and managing new investments while supporting existing portfolio companies that focus on enterprise technologies and financial services.
David’s true expertise lies in the technology sector. In addition to David’s experience working with start-up companies as an investor, he is very knowledgeable about consumer and larger enterprise IT trends. He holds a B.S. in Management with a concentration in Finance from Binghamton University.
Rooted in Social Justice
Our legacy of social justice through education is built upon pioneers in education. Leaders like Derrick Bell, the first tenured African-American Professor at Harvard Law School; Charles Ogletree, founder of The Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice and Chair Emeritus at Harvard Law School; and Dr. Robert Peterkin, Professor Emeritus at Harvard Graduate School of Education and Director of the Urban Superintendents Program.
Validated by Research and Evidence
BellXcel works with expert research partners to measure and validate the impact of our solutions.
Our research affiliate independently analyzes the efficacy of BellXcel’s solutions – compiling powerful scientific evidence from our partners’ programs. Additionally, SCRI’s range of consulting services delivers on our goal to build capacity across the sector.Learn More
The Power of Partnership
We know our strengths. We also know that the scale of our impact relies on partnering with the best and brightest at what they do, where they live.
From national organizations, such as YMCAs and Boys & Girls Clubs, to schools and local program providers – our partners brilliantly deliver quality youth development opportunities across a diversity of communities.
Their success is our success – now that is the power of partnership.
Built on Decades of Innovation
In many ways, BellXcel considers itself a 30-year start-up. As crazy as that sounds, every day we are breaking traditions and challenging assumptions to ensure that our partners have the most innovative solutions at their fingertips. We are curious, brave, and fueled by an all children to excel mission.Innovation Story