Burck Smith, Craig Robinson Join Teaching Matters’ Advisory Board

Burck Smith, Craig Robinson Join Teaching Matters’ Advisory Board

New York, NY June 26, 2019Craig Robinson, Executive Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer for NBCUniversal and Burck Smith, Chief Executive Officer and founder of StraighterLine, joined Teaching Matters Advisory Board this month.

“We are honored to have Craig and Burck on our Advisory Board, a team of men and women who support the board and management team in key decisions,” says CEO of Teaching Matters Lynette Guastaferro. “We look forward to their expertise and guidance in supporting our organization’s vision of bringing quality education to all children, regardless of zip code.”

Mr. Robinson is responsible for defining and building a corporate culture that values diversity of backgrounds, talent, experiences and ideas across the NBCUniversal’s portfolio. He previously served as President and GM of KNBC-TV, the NBC Owned Station in Los Angeles where he oversaw all aspects of the television station including news, sales and community relations.

His Chinese-American mother retired after a long career in public service, much of it in support of low-income families through the Aid to Families with Dependent Children program. Robinson’s father was one of the first African-American consultants for the Fair Employment Practices Commission where he investigated allegations of racial, gender and age discrimination in housing and employment. Race, equality and civil rights were frequent topics at the Robinson dinner table and those discussions continue to inform and drive his commitment to diversity and inclusion today.

Mr. Smith’s organization, StraighterLine, helps colleges offer innovative pathway programs that improve enrollment and retention by helping their prospects and students reduce the price and risk of pursuing a degree. Prior to StraighterLine, he co-founded SMARTHINKING in 1999, an online tutoring service for post secondary institutions.

Mr. Smith has written on education policy for the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), and is a former independent consultant and journalist. Former clients and publications include the Gates Foundation, Microsoft, Computer Curriculum Corporation, the CEO Forum on Education and Technology, the Milken Exchange on Education and Technology, Teaching Matters Inc., Converge Magazine, Wired Magazine, Wired News, University Business, the National School Boards Association and others. Burck also serves on the Board of the Baltimore Collegiate School for Boys, a charter school for urban middle school boys. He is a Pahara/Aspen Institute Fellow and holds a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and a B.A. from Williams College.

“It’s an honor to be associated with an organization that has such a long history of doing groundbreaking and innovative work in our nation’s schools,” says Smith. 

To learn more about Teaching Matters’s mission to close the opportunity gap of a radically unequal education system for underserved and historically marginalized children, visit http://www.teachingmatters.org/ for more information.