Senior Staff


Director of Operations

A recognized expert in helping a variety of for-profit, non-profit, and institutional organizations align their infrastructure with their mission, growth potential, and strategic goals, several successful IPOs, acquisition integrations, and turnarounds, Cyrille Betant is a seasoned finance and operations leader with over 20 years of international finance, business, financial, and finance/commercial intelligence experience including a deep strategic, operations, and FP&A expertise in both the corporate and institutional sectors.

As an entrepreneur, and founder of more than a dozen companies in various markets, he knows what it takes to build an operation from scratch and has used his expertise in many organizations and countries to build new operations or improve existing ones.

Cyrille’s experience implementing ERPs and re-engineering business processes ideally complement his thorough finance knowledge and field experience, and together with his entrepreneurial spirit and crisis management experience, makes his profile ideal for fast paced, uncertain environments or turn-around situations, where he excels at building strong teams with best-in-class processes and tools.

His strong track record in taking charge and delivering both superior strategic advice and successful tactical execution has earned Cyrille a reputation in supporting dynamic business models and providing decisive advantages in IPO processes, M&A due diligence and integration, divestitures as well as in strategic assessments, tactical planning and operational management. Through sensible intelligence, proper controls and collaborative processes, he has successfully brought collection, analysis and projections accuracy to levels enabling full command of strategic objectives and tactical goals.

His expertise and experience with executive, principals, board and investors’ presentations complete his skill set and make him a fully operational business executive ready to deliver top performances from the outset in a global, dynamic environment.


Senior Staff Higher Education Impact (Volunteer)

Terri E. Givens is Provost and Professor at Menlo College in the San Francisco Bay Area. From the Fall of 2003 until the Spring of 2015 she was a Professor in the Government Department at the University of Texas at Austin where she also served as Vice Provost for International Activities and Undergraduate Curriculum from 2006 to 2009, Director of the Robert S. Strauss Center’s European Union Center of Excellence, and Co-Director of the Longhorn Scholars Program.  She directed the Center for European Studies and the France-UT Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies from 2004-2006. Her faculty appointments included the LBJ School of Public Affairs, European Studies, and she was affiliated with the Center for Women and Gender Studies, Center for African and African-American Studies and was a Fellow in the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Law and Security. She was a faculty member in the Political Science Department at the University of Washington from 1999 to 2003. She received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles, and her B.A. from Stanford University. Her academic interests include radical right parties, immigration politics, and the politics of race in Europe.  She has conducted extensive research in the European Union, particularly in France, Germany, Austria, Denmark and Britain. She is the author/editor of several books on immigration policy, European politics and security, including Voting Radical Right in Western Europe, Immigration Policy and Security and Immigrant Politics: Race and Representation in Western Europe. Her most recent book is Legislating Equality: The Politics of Antidiscrimination Policy in Europe (Oxford University Press, May 2014).

A sought-after expert and speaker, she has lectured and served on panels at international and national conferences on topics as diverse as immigration politics, the radical right, minorities, the globalization of public policy and how manage life in academia. A popular writer, blogger and social media enthusiast, Givens can be found online at and via her blogs:,, her column at Inside Higher Ed and on Twitter @TerriGivens. She is very active in the community, having been a member of several nonprofit boards and is an avid runner/cyclist.



Senior Director K12 Innovation & Services

Dr. Valenzuela-Mumau is a groundbreaking educational leader with proven success in supporting the professional growth of teachers and administrators. He brings over 20 years of educational experience serving as a teacher, a site and district administrator at both elementary and secondary levels. He most recently has served as an Assistant Superintendent for Educational Services at a county level. His vast expertise along with his professional experiences and successes in improving student outcomes have prepared him to assist with meeting the needs of the educational community.


Director of Workforce & Skills Development

Susie Freedman is committed to building bridges between four-year degree and skills-based- certification programs that redirect counselors, learners and job seekers to needed, but often hidden, resources for knowledge and career acquisition, and to integrating workforce readiness skills into the Pre-K-to-Career spectrum in creative and engaging ways.

At NLET she provides market analysis, outreach and engagement programming and strategic partnership development in higher education, workforce and skills development as part of NLET’s labor outcomes agenda.  Her work includes developing the NLET directory to skills and workforce programs and organizations, as well program development for two Department of Labor Trade Assistance (TAACCCT) Advanced Manufacturing Grants, and for the Skills Market Network concept funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

In her consulting practice Freedman provides business development and change management services for organizations facing critical change and those seeking entrepreneurial options for revenue generation.  She develops strategic partnerships and programs utilizing new paradigms for the K-16 education sectors, and affinity and new market opportunities for non-profit organizations.

Relevant experience includes consulting services and positions with the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU); Coffey Consulting, LLC; The Online Learning Consortium (OLC); Excelsior College; The McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University; The George Washington University; Case Western Reserve University; Echo360; The Open University of the United Kingdom; the University of Michigan; and Michigan State University, among others.


Danielle Saunders

Data Science Coordinator

Danielle Saunders is a data scientist in education and workforce development aiming to promote 21st century skills. Bringing in new analytics, she authored most of the evaluation of the CSU’s systemwide Course Redesign with Technology program. She co-founded Eclasstic, a learning management system offering supplementary communications courses for international students such as those at UC Davis. She has a degree in entrepreneurship, completed the Galvanize Data Science Immersive, wrote for EdSurge Independent, and is creating a machine learning model that suggests actions to career-seekers based on their desired occupation and U.S. Census data. She draws inspiration from comparing the educational systems she has attended: public, private, IB, charter, home, boarding, foreign, bootcamp, and un-schools. She is most proud of teaching others and applying the science of learning. She looks forward to bringing organizations together to create efficient, analyzed pathways to work which capitalize on student and teacher agency.


Acting NLET Corporate Secretary and Director of Marketing

Patti’s marketing career spans 30 years. Prior to starting her marketing consulting business in 1997, Patti was general director of advertising for John Hancock Financial Services in charge of a $12 million advertising campaign that won all major domestic and international awards. Most of her experience has been working with small businesses and nonprofits. Patti has an MBA with a concentration in marketing from Northeastern University and a BA from Brown University. Patti served on the Santa Cruz Chamber of Commerce Women in Business steering committee and was co-organizer of Santa Cruz Business Connect. She currently volunteers for Teen Kitchen Project, a Santa Cruz nonprofit that teaches teens to prepare healthy meals that are delivered to local cancer patients.


Scholar in Residence (Volunteer)

Steve Stringer is an Industrial Fellow and Member of the Technical Staff at the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), where he helps solve strategic business needs with collaborations within the basic science capabilities. In this role he reports to the Technology Transfer Division at LANL, as well as to the VP of P&G Corporate R&D.

Steve aspires to help the State of New Mexico address its educational challenges. He has led the creation of two education modeling initiatives, both based on strategic statistical and computer sciences capabilities that are otherwise primarily used for national security applications. Steve has worked with the Los Alamos and the Santa Fe economic development offices to elicit data and report on issues that affect job creation in the region. He currently serves as a citizen member of the Los Alamos Economic Vitality Action Team, advising the County Administrator and County Council on priorities related to community development strategy.

Steve has an extensive background in high performance computing hardware and software, including work for Cray Research and for Silicon Graphics, Inc.