Match Foundation Board of directors

john calhoun, director

Mr. Calhoun is a litigator at Choate Hall & Stewart LLP. He has worked in several roles as an educator and education policy advisor, including in New York, Connecticut, Louisiana, and abroad. He also has advised presidential, gubernatorial, and congressional administrations and campaigns on a range of education policy issues.

John graduated from Yale Law School.  Before that, he served as a Marshall Scholar at the University of Oxford (UK), and as a Fulbright Scholar (where he taught in the Taiwanese public schools). 

Alex Cortez, director and clerk

Mr. Cortez is a partner at New Profit Inc., a nonprofit social innovation organization and venture philanthropy fund, where he leads their Reimagine School Systems domain. He joined New Profit after multiple roles with the Knowledge Is Power Program (KIPP). Most recently, he has served as Chief of Staff, Strategy and Execution on the leadership team of KIPP Houston Public Schools. In this role, Alex led the region in creating a new long-term growth plan to double the number of schools in Houston, as well as to develop its systems and practices in annual priority-setting and data-driven management.  Prior to KIPP Houston, Alex served at the KIPP Foundation as a Regional Director of Network Growth and Sustainability, working with leadership teams across the country in both large and small regions to help them respond to their biggest challenges to and opportunities for growth, performance, and sustainability.

Prior to his work with KIPP, Alex was a Manager at The Bridgespan Group where he led a variety of client engagements in education, youth development, and philanthropy. While at Bridgespan, Alex also authored several nonprofit case studies and research into mergers and collaborations in the nonprofit space. Alex started his career in for-profit management consulting working for clients in financial services, telecommunications, private equity, and state government.

Alex graduated with a B.A. in political science from Columbia University. He received his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and M.P.A. from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

BOb fogel, director

Mr. Fogel is an entrepreneurial leader in education with extensive experience in K-12 and higher education, adult continuing education, and corporate executive education.  

Bob was SVP and Managing Director of the Learning Science Platforms team at McGraw-Hill Education (MHE) leading innovation in new business solution models using both content and technology for higher ed and corporate learning. Bob led new approaches to solution selling and application licensing for MHE’s adaptive learning platform to corporations, publishers, and colleges globally. 

Prior to McGraw Hill, Bob was CEO of Six Red Marbles, the largest US-based provider of K-12 & Higher Ed custom learning experience design (LXD™), content development and related technology development services with operations both in the US and overseas. Bob led the successful acquisition and integration of the Private Equity owned Six Red Marbles to Jouve, SA. in 2016. 

Previously, Bob had been Chief Operating Officer, Executive Dean, and Executive Vice President at Babson College where he was responsible for an undergraduate and graduate student body of 4,000 and a faculty and staff of 700. Prior to his tenure at Babson, Bob served as Dean of Administration at Harvard Graduate School of Education and as Chief Executive Officer and President of Harvard Business School Interactive, Inc., forerunner to HBS-Online. He also had roles as Executive Director of Executive Education and Custom Corporate Learning at Harvard Business School.

Bob is a 30-year veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Coast Guard Reserve. He earned his B.S. degree from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

MATTHEW VETTEL, director, chair and treasurer

Mr. Vettel is a managing partner at Great Hill Partners, investing in a variety of industries, including education, healthcare, media, software and transaction processing. Prior to Great Hill Partners, he was an associate at GTCR Golder Rauner, a multibillion dollar private equity investment firm, and served on the boards of companies in the technology, healthcare and media sectors.  Before that he was a Senior Associate at Accenture and a founding member of PureSpeech, Inc., a speech recognition software company acquired by Voice Control Systems.

Matt holds a B.S. in Industrial Engineering and Management from North Dakota State University and an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School.

orlando watkins, director

Mr. Watkins is Vice President for Programs at The Boston Foundation, where he oversees a discretionary grants fund of roughly $16 million and leads a Program Department staff of two dozen people who work across five core grant-making impact areas – Education, Health and Wellness, Jobs and Economic Development, Neighborhoods and Housing, and Arts and Culture – and two crosscutting strategy areas, Nonprofit Effectiveness and Grassroots. 

Formerly Executive Vice President at Match Education, Orlando has over 20 years of experience developing and strengthening educational and community-based organizations. Prior to joining Match, he held the position of Senior Director at The Boston Foundation, with responsibility for developing philanthropic partnerships with like-minded foundations and donors who are interested in strengthening communities through data driven, high impact initiatives. Before joining The Boston Foundation, he served as Chief Development Officer for BELL, a leading national education organization. Prior to BELL, he spent several years as Vice President of Programs for the Greater New Orleans Foundation, including the years immediately following Hurricane Katrina.

Orlando is a graduate of Morehouse College and a recipient of the prestigious Echoing Green fellowship.