Our team knows education and development. We are teachers, communicators, and innovators who bring powerful insights into pressing problems. 



Perpetual brings experience in machine learning, data visualization, programming, and statistical analysis. Previously, she was a data analyst for the Office of Evaluation, Research, and Accountability at the School District of Philadelphia. She also served as a research associate at the Center for American Progress. Perpetual has also served as an Emerson Fellow of National Policy for the University of Pennsylvania's Netter Center for Community Partnerships, housed at the Institute of Educational Leadership in Washington, DC. 

Perpetual received her undergraduate degree in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics from the University of Pennsylvania and her master's degree in Computer and Information Technology from the University of Pennsylvania.



Meg Benner brings experience in strategy, program development, and policy. Previously, she worked as a senior director at Leadership for Educational Equity where she oversaw a team that managed policy workshops and fellowships.

She worked on Capitol Hill on education, disability, and labor policies for the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), and Sen. Christopher Dodd (D-CT). She started her career teaching first- and second- grade in the Bronx. Meg received her undergraduate degree in American Studies from Georgetown University and a master’s degree of science in teaching from Pace University. She can be reached at meg@the-learning-agency.com.



Ulrich Boser is the founder of The Learning Agency and a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress. He is the author of "Learn Better," which examines the new science of learning and was listed as Amazon's “best science book of the year.”

Ulrich has served as an advisor to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Hillary Clinton Presidential Campaign, and the Charles Butt Foundation. He has also been a contributing editor for US News and World Report and a reporter for the newspaper Education Week. His work has been featured in many outlets including “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and the front page of USA Today. He has also written for the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, and many other outlets. He can be reached at ulrich@the-learning-agency.com.



Kent Fischer brings experience in communications strategy, education improvement, and media relations. Previously, he worked in senior communications roles in higher education, consulting, and at education non-profits. For 17 years prior, he was a reporter covering education, and for a decade served on the Board of Directors of the national Education Writers Association.

As Communications Director at the National Center for Teacher Residencies, Kent oversaw strategic communications, branding, social media, and marketing efforts for NCTR and its partner network. As a Vice President with the communications firm GMMB, he helped lead the firm's K-12 and higher education work with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. This involved developing and implementing strategic communications and issue advocacy campaigns, reputation management, and media strategy. As a reporter, Kent’s was regularly recognized as one of the best education journalists in the country writing for The Dallas Morning News and the St. Petersburg Times.

Kent is a graduate of the SI Newhouse School of Communications at Syracuse University. He can be reached at kent@the-learning-agency.com.



Alex brings experience in programming, data science, and machine learning. He has worked as a student research assistant at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology where he contributed to research projects on neural networks and data visualization. He has also previously worked as an instructor for third-fourth grade programming summer courses.

Alex received his undergraduate degree in Computer Science from Pomona College. He can be reached at afranklin@the-learning-agency.com.

Matthew Pinchback


Matthew brings experience in accounting, nonprofit financial management, budgeting, and grants management and writing. Previously, he was the Finance Manager for a Louisiana-based nonprofit dealing with public arts, food insecurity, and workforce readiness.

Matthew received a BA in French Studies from Louisiana State University. He is now back at his alma mater pursuing a MA in History. He can be reached at at matthew@the-learning-agency.com.



Jen Potocnik has deep expertise in financial management, grant administration, budgeting, strategy, and project management. For the past twenty years, Jen has worked in operations in organizations in the US and across East Africa.

Jen earned a BS in Business Administration from University of Dayton and a master's in nonprofit management from Case Western Reserve University.

In addition to her experience with operations, Jen facilitates and teaches mindfulness and well-being programs to adults and children through Awareness of Mind. She can be reached at jen@the-learning-agency.com.

Natalie Rambis


Natalie brings experience in project design, implementation, and data-driven monitoring and evaluation. She has previously worked with development and social impact organizations in the Americas with a focus on education and gender equity. She started her career teaching English abroad.

Natalie received her undergraduate degree in Spanish Studies: Culture and Language from Hollins University and a master’s degree in Public Administration from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. She can be reached at natalie@the-learning-agency.com.