Core questions:

  • What is educational value? What is the value proposition for charter, district and private schools?
  • What are the biggest components of the cost and how do costs vary between public, private and charter schools?
  • What cost centers generate the most and least educational value?
  • What schools or districts would you hold up as role models for achieving great educational value for their cost?
  • What are the greatest opportunities for advancing educational value and/or reducing educational cost?


David TrautenbergFormer Chief Financial Officer, Aurora Public Schools

David has over 20 years of experience in finance, and 2 in education. He earned an MBA in Finance from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business, an MA in Education from the University of Leeds, and a M.Sc in Secondary School Education from the University of Pennsylvania, where he also earned his BA in English.  

Caitrin WrightPartner, Silicon Schools Fund

Caitrin brings over 10 years of consulting experience, specialized in personalized learning strategies with technology. She received her BA from Harvard College, as well as an MBA from Harvard Business School.  

Marguerite Roza, Ph.D.,Director, Edunomics Lab at Georgetown University and Senior Research Affiliate, Center on Reinventing Public Education

Marguerite’s extensive research focuses on quantitative policy analysis, particularly in education finance. She earned her Ph.D. in Education from the University of Washington, and has a B.S. from Duke University.

Susan BeansPartner, Webster Pacific

Susan has done strategic and financial consulting for both charter and private schools, for the past ten years. She graduated with a BS in Business Administration from UC Berkeley and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.


Tom Paper – Managing Partner, Webster Pacific

Tom has over ten years of consulting experience with companies involved in education, manufacturing, food and software. He earned a BA in Economics from Williams College, and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.