Ken has 20+ years-experience spearheading initiatives that improve educational outcomes and disrupt traditional delivery models. Ken founded AWS Educate, Amazon’s global initiative to accelerate cloud learning and prepare students for a cloudenabled workforce. AWS Educate members include hundreds of thousands of students, over 10,000 educators, and over 2,400 institutions from over 200 countries and territories around the world. Innovations include: 2016’s launch of “Cloud Career Pathways,” an education-to-employment environment with learning pathways, micro-credentials, and a job board; 2017’s opening up of the program to students 14 to 17 years-old; and 2018’s launch of “Cloud Degree” offerings, beginning with vocational institutions and community colleges. In 2019, governors from Virginia, Texas, and Louisiana announced statewide implementations of AWS Educate’s Cloud Degree across their community college system and in select universities and high school districts, with the first international consortium announced in the UK. AWS Educate’s collaboration with Northern Virginia Community College and with George Mason University on an associate’s to bachelor’s degree pathway in cloud computing received Education Dive’s Higher Ed “Partnership of the Year” award in 2019.Ken's roles prior to AWS included: Senior Vice President, Business Development and Marketing for One Economy, where he helped guide some of the largest public private partnerships in digital education; Vice President of Marketing for e-commerce textbook provider VarsityBooks, where he contributed to its IPO and launched its marketing services division; and strategic advisor to Sprint Nextel.
In 2014, Ken was appointed to the D.C. Mayor’s Technology and Innovation Inclusion Council, where he currently chairs the Workforce Development committee. He also sits on the edX customer advisory board and advises various educational institutions. Ken holds an MBA from Georgetown University, an MPP from the Georgetown Public Policy Institute, and a BA from Cornell University.