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How

We seek to achieve our mission through a virtuous cycle of education, mentorship, partnership, and funding.

Education

Education

IF builds curricula that educate through the lens of technologically enabled innovation. IF Education curricula are built for every grade level and offered as a complement to the core curriculum or embedded within the core curricula. As part of IF Education, we offer a teacher training program that equips educators with the information necessary to understand, embrace, and teach innovation at the pace of change.

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Mentorship

Mentorship

IF offers a mentorship program for students and teachers to increase psychological capital while encouraging imagination, creativity, and empowerment. IF Mentorship is designed to support the worldwide base of students and teachers to succeed in a rapidly changing world.

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Partnership

Partnership

IF seeks partnership opportunities to accelerate the adoption of education through the lens of innovation. IF Partnership is designed to align with organizations to engage students, teachers, and communities; provide goods and services; and produce and manufacture content.

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Funding

Funding

IF provides funding through grants, scholarships, and special purpose projects that we believe will advance technology, innovation, and education. IF Funding is designed to aid organizations and people in their understanding of innovation and pursuit of education.

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Artificial Intelligence

Computational systems and software that evolve when fed with data should solve problems while automating knowledge work and accelerating the permeation of technology into all industries globally.

Robotics

Advances in software, sensors, and actuators should enable robots to operate alongside humans in all sorts of environments, transforming manufacturing, production, and infrastructure and enhancing productivity while reducing costs.

Genomics

As the cost of sequencing a whole human genome falls precipitously while our understanding of genomics grows exponentially, DNA sequencing and genome-specific therapeutics will see widespread clinical adoption, restructuring health care and enhancing the quality of life

Energy Storage

Declining battery costs should cause an explosion in mobile form factors, increasing the demand for electrical energy, displacing fossil fuels, and provisioning electrical energy more efficiently.

Blockchain Technology

Open-source protocols that enable and verify digital scarcity and proof of ownership should transform business and financial landscapes by offering more transparency and fewer capital and regulatory controls.

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More important than ever, people need to understand, embrace, and advance innovation, so they can benefit from and participate in its transformational power.

We believe that a comprehensive approach to education that applies design thinking from early childhood through adulthood is the most effective way to stay on the right side of change.

IF differentiators

  • A founder focused solely on disruptive innovation

    With over 40 years of experience researching and investing in disruptive innovation, Cathie Wood recognizes that the full magnitude of innovation and the opportunities it creates often are unrecognized or misunderstood. In founding IF, Cathie seeks to power intellects for a changing world. Cathie strives to prepare everyone with the knowledge and skills necessary to understand, embrace, and advance technology, enhancing the quality of life for all.

  • Educational leadership dedicated to empowering students

    IF’s leaders recognize that educating through the lens of innovation demands a human-centric approach that inspires creativity and cultivates innovation. Our team seeks to build curricula and teacher training models that encourage collaboration and inquiry while inspiring innovative thinking.

  • Innovative curricula powered by ARK Invest’s research

    ARK Invest researches and invests in disruptive innovation that is likely to change the way the world works. With a belief in transparency and education, ARK has partnered with IF to share ARK’s original research and collaborate with IF’s education leaders.

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THE IF APPROACH

The Innovation Foundation sees immense possibilities in the changes driven by technological innovation. The success of our Founder in anticipating and understanding the economic power of disruptive technology has led us to an approach to education that develops everyone’s capacity to see their own possibilities in an emerging world.

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Solution 1

An educational curriculum powered by research published by ARK Invest, and refined by our team of educators.

Solution 2

A mentorship program founded on the premise that innovation is the great leveler providing equal opportunity to everyone willing to see through the lens of innovation.

Solution 3

An educational platform designed to grow over time providing insight into individual learning styles and delivering personalized instructional experiences.

Board of Directors

Catherine Wood

Founder • Chairperson

As Founder and Chairperson, Cathie developed IF’s direction and guides strategic initiatives. Cathie also serves as Founder, Chief Executive Officer, and Chief Investment Officer at ARK Invest.

Catherine Wood

Founder • Chairperson

As Founder and Chairperson, Cathie developed IF’s direction and guides strategic initiatives. Cathie also serves as Founder, Chief Executive Officer, and Chief Investment Officer at ARK Invest. Through an open research process, ARK identifies companies that it believes are leading and benefiting from cross-sector innovations such as robotics, energy storage, DNA sequencing, artificial intelligence, and blockchain technology.

Carrie Amos

Managing Director

Carrie serves as Co-Managing Director of the Innovation Foundation in the Office of the Chairman. Carrie brings over 25 years of experience as a non-profit leader to the Innovation Foundation.

Carrie Amos

Managing Director

Carrie serves as Co-Managing Director of the Innovation Foundation in the Office of the Chairman. Carrie brings over 25 years of experience as a non-profit executive leader to the Innovation Foundation. Prior to joining IF, Carrie was the President of the Jericho Partnership, a not-for-profit charitable organization in Connecticut. In addition to her responsibilities with the Innovation Foundation, Carrie is a licensed social worker and sits on various community boards.

Caitlin Wood

Managing Director

As Co-Managing Director of the Innovation Foundation, in the Office of the Chairman. Caitlin also serves as the Chairman-designate of the Innovation Foundation.

Caitlin Wood

Managing Director

As Co-Managing Director of the Innovation Foundation, in the Office of the Chairman. Caitlin also serves as the Chairman-designate of the Innovation Foundation.

Lisa Dodd

Board Member

Lisa Dodd is the Director of Marketing for ARK Invest responsible for facilitating ARK’s marketing strategy.

Lisa Dodd

Board Member

Lisa is the Director of Marketing for ARK Invest responsible for facilitating ARK’s marketing strategy and overseeing its implementation across channels and partners. She also oversees ARK’s global corporate communications and public relations strategies. Prior to ARK, Lisa worked at the Pioneer Companies, a national commercial real estate company headquartered in Syracuse, New York. As Marketing Manager, she collaborated with all departments to design and implement marketing strategies across platforms that built brand recognition and fostered business development. Lisa received a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Anthropology from Colgate University and was a member of its Division I Women’s Varsity Ice Hockey program. She also received a Master of Science in New Media Management from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Public Communications.

Kellen Carter

Board Member

Kellen Carter is ARK Invest’s Corporate Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer, responsible for regulatory, compliance and legal advice to ARK on all business matters.

Kellen Carter

Board Member

Kellen is ARK Invest’s Corporate Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer, responsible for regulatory, compliance and legal advice to ARK on all business matters. Kellen began his career at the U.S Securities and Exchange Commission as a Securities Compliance Examiner at the Office of Compliance, Inspections, and Examinations (OCIE) in the SEC’s New York regional office. Kellen was an Attorney-Adviser in the SEC’s Division of Investment Management’s Risk and Examinations Office, and subsequently, served as a Management Consultant at Ernst & Young, LLP in the Wealth and Asset Management group. Kellen received his Bachelor of Science in Human and Organizational Development with a concentration in International Development from Vanderbilt University and his Juris Doctorate degree from Howard University School of Law. He is admitted to practice law in New York and Georgia.

Education Leaders

Ramani DeAlwis

Head of Education – Middle School

As an Education Leader, Ramani leads all middle school initiatives for the foundation and oversees the development of curricula and teacher training models.

Ramani DeAlwis

Head of Education – Middle School

As an Education Leader, Ramani leads all middle school initiatives for the foundation and oversees the development of curricula and teacher training models. Prior to IF, Ramani served as the Executive Director for Alpha to Omega in Singapore, an institute for students with learning differences. Before working internationally, Ramani was a teacher and Head of School for an Independent private school in New York City for two decades and a co-founding Head of the Montessori Middle School in Connecticut. During that time, Ramani represented Montessori at the United Nations as an NGO and spearheaded adolescent student initiatives in Argentina, Nepal, Hong Kong, and Uganda. She has been a consultant to schools in Tanzania, Sri Lanka, and New York City. Ramani believes, as Einstein once said, “The formulation of the problem is often more essential than the solution.”

Mary Zeman

Head of Education – Early Childhood

As an Education Leader, Mary leads all early childhood initiatives for the Foundation, overseeing the development of curricula and teacher training models.

Mary Zeman

Head of Education – Early Childhood

As an Education Leader, Mary leads all early childhood initiatives for the Foundation, overseeing the development of curricula and teacher training models. With a focus on meaningful and lasting results, Mary began her educational career teaching and designing curricula in northern Kenya. Since then, she has served schools as an administrator, diversity consultant, and community leader in New York, the Midwest, Colorado, and Montana – including her position as Head of School for thirty years (toddlers through 8th grade) at The Montessori School in Wilton, Connecticut. She has worked internationally as a motivational speaker and in curriculum and professional development. In partnership with the University of Hartford, she is co-founder of The Montessori Training Center of New England, founder of Practical Life Parenting, and is currently working on a book entitled Plum Line: Effective Practices for Living with Intention.

Steve Masiclat

Head of Education – Educational Technology

Stephen Masiclat is the Innovation Foundation’s lead designer for the high school curriculum in disruptive innovation, and directs the development of the Foundation’s learning management system.

Steve Masiclat

Head of Education – Educational Technology

Stephen Masiclat is the Innovation Foundation’s lead designer for the high school curriculum in disruptive innovation, and directs the development of the Foundation’s learning management system. Prior to joining I.F. he was a full professor at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. His research awards and fellowships include a 2019 Tow Research Fellowship examining the impacts of artificial intelligence technologies on news media, and a 2006 IBM Research Fellowship working with the Global Innovation Outlook team studying digital innovation in global media. Immediately prior to joining the IF he was the principal investigator of a DARPA-sponsored research program developing new AI algorithms to detect and combat fake media and online disinformation. In addition to his academic teaching and research, Steve has served as an ARK-Invest theme developer since 2014.

Advisory Board

Dr. David Bodde

Dave Bodde is an emeritus professor of engineering and business at Clemson University, with teaching and research in technology-based entrepreneurship.

Dr. David Bodde

Dave Bodde is an emeritus professor of engineering and business at Clemson University, with teaching and research in technology-based entrepreneurship. His professional experience includes: Vice President of MRI Global, an environmental, energy, and bio-science research laboratory; Assistant Director of the U.S. Congressional Budget Office; and Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Department of Energy. Doctor of Business Administration, Harvard University; Master of Science degrees, in nuclear engineering and management from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT); and Bachelor of Science from West Point (1965). Dr. Bodde served in U.S. Army 1965-70. Platoon leader, company commander, and battalion operations officer. Airborne and Ranger. Combat engineer in Vietnam.

Dr. Clive Calver

Clive Calver is the senior pastor of Walnut Hill Community Church, Bethel, CT. Previously, he was president of World Relief for seven years.

Dr. Clive Calver

Clive Calver is the senior pastor of Walnut Hill Community Church, Bethel, CT. Previously, he was president of World Relief for seven years. Calver also led and was a major spokesperson for the Evangelical Alliance of the United Kingdom. It was during that time that Calver and his commentaries on current issues were a mainstay on the BBC. He has also appeared on ABC’s Nightline, CNN, National Public Radio. He has authored twenty books and has been published in many national and local print media.

Ali Urman

Ali is an Analyst on the Genomic Revolution strategy for ARK Invest. She focuses on gene editing, stem cell, and novel immunotherapy technologies.

Ali Urman

Ali is an Analyst on the Genomic Revolution strategy for ARK Invest. She focuses on gene editing, stem cell, and novel immunotherapy technologies. Prior to ARK, Ali conducted clinical cancer research at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and the Montefiore Medical Center; and was a Senior Research Program Manager at IBM Watson Health. Ali incorporated her own consulting firm in 2018. Ali has a Bachelor of Arts from McGill University and a Masters in Epidemiology and Community Health from New York Medical College. She has additional training from the MIT Labs in Human-Computer Interaction for User Experience Design. Ali has published over 25 articles spanning cancer research, AI, and space medicine. She has three filed patents and received the Manager’s Choice Award in 2017 and 2018, and the Rookie of the Year Award in 2017 from IBM Watson Health.

Joseph Brady

Joe Brady has over 30 years of experience as a corporate CFO in the financial services sector, and is currently CEO of a 3d-Printing / Additive manufacturing company.

Joseph Brady

Joe Brady has over 30 years of experience as a corporate CFO in the financial services sector, and is currently CEO of a 3d-Printing / Additive manufacturing company. He holds a CPA Licensure and is responsible for the Innovation Foundation’s fiscal compliance and financial reporting.

Anna Sampas

Anna is a mother and active educational supporter in Lee County School District.

Anna Sampas

Anna is a mother and active educational supporter in Lee County School District. Before moving to Florida, she was the Vice President for Corporate Transactions for NBC Universal in New York. Immediately prior to her leadership position at NBC, she was Special Counsel at Sullivan & Cromwell for over a decade where she was responsible for the transactional intellectual property and technology practice for the entire firm. Anna received her Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School.

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