Venture Capital, Education Leaders Join ATD Board of Directors

SILVER SPRING, MD (June 5, 2019) – Dr. Karen A. Stout, president and CEO of Achieving the Dream (ATD), announced the appointment of Dr. Barbara Lombardo and Larry Kubal to the organization’s board of directors. Dr. Lombardo and Mr. Kubal each previously served on the Board of Directors of Gateway to College National Network, which merged operations with ATD on April 1.

“Dr. Lombardo and Mr. Kubal each bring significant leadership experience in the private sector and from their service on educational nonprofit boards,” stated Dr. Stout. “As we continue to develop our work to help colleges create a robust pipeline from K-12 through community college and beyond, their board service with Gateway to College National Network will be invaluable to our efforts.”

Dr. Lombardo has focused her career on the business of education, learning, and talent. For 26 years, she worked in management consulting and held a range of leadership positions at global consulting firms including KPMG, PwC, IBM Global Business Services, and Huron Consulting Group. Throughout her career, Dr. Lombardo has helped companies, colleges and universities, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations define their strategies, improve their processes, and develop their people.

Dr. Lombardo received her MBA and Ph.D. degrees from the Haas School of Business, the University of California, Berkeley, with a focus on business and public policy, and wrote her dissertation on corporate philanthropy. She has been an adjunct professor of not-for-profit management at Lewis & Clark College and Portland State University in Portland (OR) and has served on the Board of Trustees of Lafayette College, her undergraduate alma mater.

Mr. Kubal has invested in seed and early stage information technology companies for 25 years. He is a founder of Labrador Ventures, which was among the founding investors in Pandora Media, where he served on the board for seven years, until the company’s Initial Public Offering. He currently serves as the Labrador representative with portfolio companies Altierre, PlayPhone, and RocketFuel. He was named one of the top 100 venture capitalists in 2013.

In addition to his investment experience, Mr. Kubal was a management consultant with Booz, Allen & Hamilton, a global strategy and technology consulting firm. He has served on the boards of a number of youth and education oriented nonprofit organizations. Mr. Kubal is currently a board member and chair of the finance and operations committee for CollegeSpring, a nonprofit organization that partners with schools and community organizations to help students from low-income backgrounds boost SAT scores, navigate college admissions and financial aid, and pursue college degrees. Mr. Kubal received his undergraduate degree from Duke University and his MBA from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business.

Dr. Lombardo and Mr. Kubal began their service on the Achieving the Dream Board at its June meeting.

Achieving the Dream (ATD) leads a growing network of more than 277 community colleges committed to helping their students, particularly low-income students and students of color, achieve their goals for academic success, personal growth, and economic opportunity. ATD is making progress in closing academic achievement gaps and accelerating student success through a unique change process that builds each college’s institutional capacities in seven essential areas. ATD, along with nearly 75 experienced coaches and advisors, works closely with Network colleges in 44 states and the District of Columbia to reach more than 4 million community college students. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Wakelet.

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