Leadership
Andrew Grauer
CEO & Cofounder
Andrew cofounded Course Hero in 2006 while attending Cornell University. He leads Course Hero's vision, mission, strategy, values, and culture. In his spare time, Andrew enjoys tennis, cycling, hiking, and squash. And most importantly, he thrives on making memories with his family and friends through food, activities, travel, music, and experiences. Andrew holds a BA in Spanish from Cornell University. His favorite book is The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien.
Gregor Carrigan
CTO & Cofounder
Gregor joined Andrew to cofound Course Hero when he graduated from Cornell University in 2007. He leads Course Hero’s strategic direction by working with team leads on major technical projects and goals. He is also heavily involved with the growth team and he’s passionate about web technology, retrieval practice, and radical candor. In his spare time, he enjoys hiking, camping, cooking, games, TV, and movies. Gregor holds a BS in computer science from Cornell University. His favorite book is The Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson.
Genevieve Conaty
Vice President, Design
Genevieve leads Course Hero’s Design team. Her focus is to make us the most customer-centric company we can be. Her most recent adventure has been learning to sail on the San Francisco Bay. She has a BS in Mathematical & Computational Science from Stanford University and a Masters in Human-Computer Interaction from Carnegie Mellon University. Her favorite book to read to her daughters is Rosie Revere, Engineer written by Andrea Beaty and illustrated by David Roberts.
Devin Dworak
Vice President, Business Operations
Devin leads Course Hero’s Business Operations team. His focus is building scalable systems and processes to ensure operational excellence across content development, customer experience, and the tutor marketplace. Devin holds a BS in Biomedical Engineering from Northwestern University. In his spare time, he enjoys making pizza, exploring beaches, and playing games with his kids. His favorite books are adventure and travel stories, including Touching the Void by Joe Simpson.
Kris Espiritu
Vice President, Finance
Kris leads Course Hero’s Finance and Accounting team with a focus on enabling the effective prioritization of business initiatives in a scalable manner. Prior to Course Hero, Kris was VP of Strategic FP&A (Financial Planning and Analysis) at Shutterfly and held various leadership roles at eBay and Applied Materials. She has a BS in Industrial Engineering from Stanford and an MBA from UC Berkeley. When not immersed in Excel spreadsheets, Kris enjoys spending time with family, friends, and occasionally the treadmill. She is an avid reader and loves the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling.
Monique Ho
Executive Vice President, General Counsel, and Chief Compliance Officer
Monique Ho serves as General Counsel at Course Hero. Monique oversees all legal matters including corporate governance, intellectual property, securities, compliance, regulatory and privacy. With more than 15 years of expertise in advising emerging companies, highly focused on technology companies, she ensures an effective legal and compliance process for the Company. Previous positions have given her an in-depth background in representing venture backed companies in financings, corporate and commercial transactions, M&As and IPOs. Monique attended University of California, Davis where she obtained a JD degree from King Hall School of Law. Her favorite book is To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.
Niamh Hughes
Vice President, Communications
Niamh leads Course Hero’s communications team. Her experience working with multisided platform businesses and building global communities underpin her empathetic and inclusive approach to strategic communications. Previously, Niamh led global communications at Shutterstock. Niamh holds a BA in European Business & German from DCU and a Diplom in International Business from ESB Reutlingen. She enjoys hiking, cycling, good food and great craic! She reads gritty biographies, with Tara Westover's Educated being a particular favorite.
Andrew Nesbit
Vice President, Marketing and Partnerships
Andrew leads Course Hero’s Marketing and Partnership teams. He leverages his experience in finance, product management, and content development to create and execute go-to-market strategies. He applies an analytical rigor to growth marketing initiatives and thoughtfully builds and promotes Course Hero’s brand. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling, rooting for the Cal Bears, and trying new restaurants. Andrew holds a BS in Business Administration from UC Berkeley. His favorite book is The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho.
John Peacock
Vice President, Product & GM
John leads Course Hero’s two sided Q&A Marketplace, Textbook Solutions, Mobile App, and Literature products. He specializes in growth, building and leading high-performing product teams, and fixing things when they go awry. As much as he enjoys coding and tinkering in his spare time, he also likes to unplug and travel with his family as a way to refresh. John holds a BS in Computer Science from The University of Florida. His favorite book is Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari.
Harriet Seitler
Executive Vice President and Chief Brand Officer
Harriet Seitler leads the shaping and delivery of Course Hero’s core objective to be the trusted learning destination, for both students and educators. She previously spent 25 years in marketing for Oprah Winfrey as an Emmy Award–winning CMO for OWN, The Oprah Winfrey Network, and for Harpo Studios, where she led key programs such as Oprah’s Australian Adventure and ChristmasKindness tour and wrote the iconic line “Live Your Best Life.” Harriet loves cycling, family and friends, books, movies, great TV, wine, entertaining (especially Thanksgiving), traveling … and fresh flowers. Her favorite book is The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz.
Mabel So
Chief of Staff
Governed by an impenetrable belief in meaningful process, Mabel facilitates the executive team’s effectiveness and execution of goals, along with supporting organizational operations and making everything better for everyone. Outside of work, she spends much of her time attending to the whims and fancies of her two bulldogs, while also binge-watching police procedurals and crime dramas. She holds both a BS in Managerial Economics and a BS in Sociology from UC Davis. Her favorite book is Brave New Work by Aaron Dignan.
Josh Tyler
Executive Vice President, Engineering
Josh is proud to have grown the Course Hero Engineering team sixfold since joining in 2014, and he enjoys helping engineers derive meaning and fulfillment from their work. His technical interests span web development, consumer products, UX/UI design, AI, and algorithmic complexity. In his spare time, he enjoys snowboarding, reading, traveling, woodworking, and gardening. Josh holds an MS in computer science from Stanford and a BS in computer science from Washington University in St. Louis. His favorite book is Managing Humans by Michael Lopp.
Steve Van Horne
Chief Operating Officer;
Chief Financial Officer
Steve leads Course Hero’s Business Operations, Corporate Operations, and Finance teams. He specializes in helping high-growth companies scale and prosper, as well as driving strategy, operational efficiencies, and business organization evolution. Steve spends his free time with his family and loves sailing, traveling, organic gardening, and building stuff out of wood. Steve holds a BA in history and Asian studies from Dartmouth College, an MA in international policy studies from Stanford University, and an MBA from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business. His favorite books are history and biographies. Next on the list is Washington by Ron Chernow.
Ankur Varma
Chief Product Officer
Ankur leads Course Hero’s Growth, Product Management, Design, and Content Development teams. He specializes in identifying unique market opportunities, creating business strategy, and launching new products. In his spare time, he enjoys creating fusion recipes, playing tennis, volunteering at his kids’ schools, and studying mathematics. Ankur holds a BS and MS in computer science and electrical engineering from UC Berkeley. His favorite book is The Complete Yes Minister by Jonathan Lynn and Antony Jay.
Rich Yang
President, Corporate Development and Vertical Businesses
Rich leads Course Hero’s Corporate Development and Vertical Businesses. Rich is the former Co-CEO of Education.com, where he led the turnaround, growth and eventual acquisition of Education.com by IXL Learning. Most recently, Rich led IXL’s M&A efforts. Rich enjoys quality family time with his wife, two daughters, and two dogs. He is an avid reader, and also enjoys tennis and cooking. Rich holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School, and a BA in History and a BS in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania. His favorite book is The Lady and the Monk by Pico Iyer.
Michal Avny
VP and CEO, Symbolab
Michal is an entrepreneur with over 20 years of experience in innovation, research and technology formulation. As the former head of Relegence IL, a pioneer in real time search, Michal built the Relegence R&D and innovation teams from the ground up leading to a successful acquisition by AOL in 2006. Michal is recognized as an expert in the field of AI. Michal holds a BSc in Mathematics and Computer Science from Tel Aviv University
Rohan Gupta
Founder and CEO, QuillBot
Rohan Gupta is the CEO and Co-Founder of QuillBot, a cutting edge NLP startup with millions of users. He holds a B.S. in Finance and an M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. He is passionate about technology, philosophy, and changing the world.
Justin Kestler
VP of Product and Operations. Literature
Justin leads Course Hero's literature business, including LitCharts, CliffsNotes, and Course Hero Literature. Soon after graduating from college, Justin became the founding editor in chief and product lead for SparkNotes. After Barnes & Noble acquired SparkNotes, Justin served as Editorial Director of Spark Publishing for several years, creating various other literature products and series in print and online. Alongside his business partner Ben Florman, Justin co-founded and built LitCharts from its inception through the acquisition by Course Hero in 2021. His favorite book is Ulysses by James Joyce.
Board of Directors
Andrew Grauer
CEO and Cofounder, Course Hero
Frederick Grauer, Ph.D.
Senior Advisor, Course Hero;
Former Chairman and CEO, Barclays Global Investors
Mark L. Feldman, Ph.D.
Founder, Five Frogs Ventures;
Former Head of Global M&A, PwC
Mark Klein
Chief Executive Officer, President & Director, SURO Capital
Tim Connor
Operating Partner, NewView Capital
Gokul Rajaram
Corporate Development, DoorDash
Advisors
Kurt Landgraf
President, Washington College
Kurt Landgraf spent 13 years as the president and CEO of Education Testing Service (ETS) and has extensive experience in economics, sociology, labor-relations management, and marketing. As an instructor at several universities across the country, including Princeton, Pennsylvania State, and Western Michigan, Landgraf has a grasp on where students are asking for the most supplemental resources, from both sides of the education system. At ETS, Landgraf oversaw the company’s entrance into the K-12 market, expanded its global business, broadened its education research activities, and nurtured its social mission through collaborations with groups serving underrepresented students.
Arthur Levine
President, Woodrow Wilson Foundation
Prior to his 2006 appointment as the sixth president of the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, Dr. Levine was president and professor of education at Teachers College, Columbia University, and previously served as chair of the higher education program, chair of the Institute for Educational Management, and senior lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Dr. Levine has also served as President of Bradford College and Senior Fellow at the Carnegie Foundation and Carnegie Council for Policy Studies in Higher Education. The author or co-author of ten books and dozens of articles and reviews, Dr. Levine spent several years researching the quality of teacher preparation in the United States and publishing numerous reports on the standards for admission and graduation from teaching programs.
Deborah Quazzo
Managing Partner, GSV AcceleraTE
Deborah is the Managing Partner of GSV Ventures, an early stage venture capital fund investing in education and workforce technology entrepreneurs disrupting the $6 trillion sector. In addition, she is Co-founder of the ASU GSV Summit and Founder and Senior Advisor of GSV Advisors. Now in its 11th year, the ASU GSV Summit celebrates innovations and innovators across the global “preK to Gray” learning and talent landscape and attracts over 5,500 attendees. She is a member of the boards of The Common Ground Foundation, Oriental Education Institute (OEI), Steppenwolf Theatre Company, The Board of Dean’s Advisors at Harvard Business School, The Khan Academy Thought Leadership Council, The New Profit Prophets Education Advisory Group and The Strada Institute for the Future of Work Advisory Committee. Deborah currently serves on the boards of Aakash Educational Services Ltd (a leading tutoring and test preparation company in India), Ascend Learning (a portfolio company of Blackstone and CCCP), Degreed, The Educational Testing Service (ETS), Intellispark, Mighty, Remind, and Turnitin (an Advance Communications company). She is a board observer at CreativeLive, Fairygodboss and RaiseMe. Deborah graduated cum laude with a BA in history from Princeton University in 1982 and an MBA from Harvard University in 1987.
Academic Advisory Committee
Dr. Michael A. Baston
President
Rockland Community College
Dr. Norma Jimenez Hernandez
Executive Director, Wisconsin Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Dr. Angelita Howard
Assistant Dean for Online Education and Expanded Programs and assistant professor
Morehouse School of Medicine
Dr. Victor Piercey
Professor of Mathematics and Director of General Education
Ferris State University
Dr. Catherine Ross
Associate Professor of English and President of The Academy of Distinguished Teachers
UT Tyler and UT System
Dr. Stephanie Speicher
Assistant Professor of Teacher Education
Weber State University
Dr. Samuel Staley
Senior Lecturer, Director, DeVoe L. Moore Center
Florida State University
Dr. Nicole C. Jones Young
Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior
Franklin & Marshall College