Every public high school student deserves to be inspired by relatable near-peer role models.
We are part of a global movement.
Alumni Toolkit is part of a global mission working towards building a movement around alumni engagement. In the United States, we are part of Future First USA, a registered 501(c)3. In Britain, where we operate in 500 schools, we are Future First UK. In Australia, we are OurSchools. Around the world, we are Future First Global.
We protect student privacy and alumni data. We don't sell or share your data - and we never will.
Future First USA is a mission-driven non-profit. We are committed to safeguarding student privacy and alumni data. Although alumni are no longer students, and no longer covered by FERPA, Future First USA respects student and data privacy and will never sell or share your data—ever. And because we understand that advertising and education don’t mix, Future First USA also does not accept advertising in any form.
If the Alumni Toolkit is free, and you don't sell ads or data- how do you pay the bills?
Our funding strategy is simple. We are a philanthropy and grant funded program. Our AlumniToolkit is the only resource dedicated to helping public schools across the country, and internationally, mobilize their alumni to promote student success. Helping public schools engage, leverage, and mobilize their alumni as a new, and empowering, source of community partners makes Future First USA a worthwhile investment for foundations interested in supporting public education.
In the future, to provide self-sustaining revenue, Future First USA plans to develop a unique suite of services for districts, administrators, and private schools that will create a path to self-sustainability.
We are looking for 2018-19 partners interesting in demonstrating the impact of alumni engagement on student outcomes.
In the 2017-2018 school year, Alumni Toolkit and the University of California San Diego are designing our national research pilot that will demonstrate the impact and opportunity of high school alumni as partners for student success. For more information on how to join our 2018-19 pilot, contact Jeff@futurefirstusa.org.
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Board of Directors
Jeffrey Stein, M.Ed | Director of Product and Partnerships
Before joining Future First USA, Jeffrey was a school administrator, high school teacher, and founder of TeenJobs.org, a social-enterprise high school internship program that partnered with nine Seattle area school districts and over 100 companies including Amazon, Expeditors, Starbucks, Microsoft, and the Seattle Seahawks.
Brian Smith, PhD | Director of Research and Outcomes
Dr. Smith is an established expert on the development of research-based programs to support the academic and social success of K-12 students. He has led teams in the creation of effective programs used in over 30% of US schools. Brian is passionate about combining science and innovation to increase successful outcomes for young people.
Gary A. Kraut
Gary A. Kraut is founder and Board Chair of Future First USA. His firm, G.A. Kraut Company, helped pioneer the field of Investor Relations. He has been an early stage investor in a number of start-ups, has served on many non-profit boards, and is Board Chair of Impact Young Lives Foundation.
Steve Sheiner is Chief Revenue Officer of Chalk Digital. He is a serial entrepreneur with 25 years experience in direct marketing, advertising and the internet. He is co- founder of MP3 and a director or advisor to numerous start-ups and turnarounds.
Gary Workman is a lean manufacturing and quality control specialist now serving as Vice President, Global Quality at Illumina. Previously he was Vice President, Quality at Bloom Energy and General Manager of New United Motor Manufacturing, a Toyota-General Motors joint venture. He is a member of the ISE Systems Advisory Board at San Jose State University.
Matt Haugh, MBA | Director of Operations and Marketing
With more than two decades of high tech marketing management and business development experience, Matt brings a unique perspective and rigor to the challenge of affecting systemic change in public education. Prior to joining Future First USA, Matt worked at Intel, Microsoft, Adobe Systems, Xerox, and the Palo Alto Research Center.
Colin Lieu | Director of Customer Engagement
Prior to joining Future First USA, Colin served as a segment producer for an Australian television show and as publicist for an Australian breast cancer charity. He previously served as a segment producer for an Australian television show and as publicist for an Australian breast cancer charity.
Michael Funck was President and Chief Executive Officer of U.S. Trust Company, Connecticut from 1993 to 2006. Since 2000, he has served on numerous non-profit boards, notably as Board Chairman of the Fairfield County Community Foundation and as Chairman of the Fairchester Advisory Board of the Network For Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE).
J. David Nelson
J. David Nelson concluded his 33 year career with IBM as manager of their largest business unit in China. He then became Chief Operating Officer of The Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE). He recently concluded his term as an AARP board member and Chair of the AARP Foundation.
Board of Advisors
Alan Daly is Professor and Chair of the Department of Education Studies at The University of California San Diego. His research focuses on social network analysis, educational reform and social capital development. He has been a classroom teacher, a district psychologist and a school principal. He is author of over 150 articles and three books on education.
Aria Finger is the CEO of Do Something, a non-profit serving 5.5 million teenagers. She is a New York University Adjunct Professor, a World Forum Global Shaper and Young Global Leader.
David Levinson is the President of Norwalk (CT) Community College. He is the Co- Chair of the American Sociological Association Task Force on Community College Faculty, and the General Editor of American Sociology, an encyclopedia.
Gary Reiner is the former Chief Information Officer at General Electric and is now Operating Partner at General Atlantic. He is a director of Citigroup, Hewlett Packard Enterprises, Box and other notable technology companies.
Larry Perondi has worked in public education since 1975 most recently as Superintendent of the Oceanside (CA) School District. He has been a classroom teacher, principal and district level administrator. Mr. Perondi currently serves school districts and superintendents as an executive coach specializing in building leadership capacity.
William Lewis is Co-Chair, Investment Banking at Lazard, and a Board Member for the New York Philharmonic, Ariel Investment Trust, Partnership for New York City and Darden Restaurants.