Innovative leadership with decades of experience and insightful guidance from program and policy experts

Our Executive Team

The New Meridian team has deep experience in education and state and national assessment programs. Their expertise and vision are the foundation of our organization.

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Arthur VanderVeen, Ph.D.
Chief Executive Officer

Dr. VanderVeen’s 18 years of in-depth experience in education assessment and technology ranges from Compass Learning, the New York City Department of Education, and the College Board.

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Tracy Gardner, Ph.D.
Chief Assessment Officer

Over her 20+ years of experience in measurement, assessment design and development, and psychometrics., Dr. Gardner has served in hands-on leadership roles with GED Testing Services and Pearson.

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Walter Sherwood
Chief Business Development Officer

A former teacher, Mr. Sherwood spent 15+ years with Pearson Education, most recently as President, State Assessment Services. His experience also includes the AVID Program at The University of Texas at Austin and the Texas Education Agency Region XIII Education Service Center.

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Gina Rivera
Chief Operating Officer

Ms. Rivera has more than 10 years’ experience in educational software, particularly in the design and implementation of complex content-licensing systems for educational assessment and curriculum publishers.

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Will Bunting
Director, Program Management

Mr. Bunting is a PMP® certified program manager with more than 10 years’ experience in the educational assessment industry, originally with Harcourt Assessment (later acquired by Pearson Education).

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Neil Lane
General Counsel

Mr. Lane has served as general counsel for multiple companies in various sectors and was the first General Counsel of the College Board, where he helped lead the revitalization, growth, and worldwide expansion of that organization’s operations.

Board of Directors

Our Board Members are committed to expanding opportunities for all students through high-quality education and assessment. The Board helps New Meridian define its vision, mission, and purpose — and helps make sure we live up to those promises through sound organizational and financial planning and management, as well as compliance with relevant laws, bylaws, and policies.

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David T. Conley, Ph.D.

Dr. Conley has designed and managed numerous education consortium projects — including the International Baccalaureate Organization, the National Assessment Governing Board, the College Board, CCSSO, and the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium.

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Jesse Markow

Formerly Chief Strategy Officer for the WIDA Consortium, Mr. Markow helped develop standards, curriculum resources, and assessments for a consortium of 37 states in support of English language learners.

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Julie Mikuta, Ph.D.

A Rhodes Scholar and former Teach For America educator, Dr. Mikuta is currently Senior Director of Education at the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation. Her experience also includes NewSchools Venture Fund, the Center for Reform of School Systems (CRSS), and The D.C. Board of Education.

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