Geoffrey Mobisson, is Founder and Managing Partner of E & I Ventures LLC, an M&A Venture advisory. Geoff has extensive seed and venture investment experience as an advisor to many companies. In 2005 Geoff founded Levementum, a leading Digital marketing consultancy and sits on its board today. Geoff was Managing Partner of Dataweb Technologies, an Oracle focused consulting firm, and Empath Solutions, an eCommerce firm. He also held senior positions at Radiant Systems/NCR and On Semiconductor. Geoff grew up in Boston and then Enugu, Nigeria, after which he returned to the US and earned a BS in Electrical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He is a father of three. In his spare time, he coaches the Arizona Legends 17U AAU basketball team, is a private pilot, and currently hates golf.
Libby (Elizabeth) Goff ran a small CPA firm for many years providing accounting and tax work for small businesses, and currently works as the CFO for the small manufacturing business she and her husband own. Libby is an activist working to change laws and increase funding to improve public schools in Arizona.
Heather Gookin has been an educator for 15 years, and has taught Pre-K through 8th grades. A graduate of ASU’s Mary Lou Fulton Teacher’s College, she is proud to have called Arizona her home for the last 40 years. She and her 3 children have all attended Arizona public schools and universities. Heather’s passion lies in making things better in her home state and beyond, for all children. As a once-upon-a-time, young single mom, she recognizes the important role public schools play in the success of future generations and she spends her time working tirelessly to that end.
Berdetta Hodge is the President of the Tempe Union High School District Governing Board. She is the former Educational Coordinator for the East Valley NAACP and Vice President of the Booker T. Washington Child Development Center. Berdetta Hodge is the first African American woman elected in Tempe and has spent her public service career advocating for our community.
Yasmin is an Arizona public school proud alumna, a mom, and a former strategic business consultant-turned-public education advocate. She brings over a decade of business transformation consulting experience from her time at IBM. Currently, she is working on her doctorate in education from Johns Hopkins University, specializing in Entrepreneurial Leadership in Education. Yasmin believes that a strong economy starts with a strong core, and high-quality, equitable public education is at the heart.
Joe Bia Jr. grew up on the Navajo Nation in the beautiful community of Kayenta, AZ, nestled along the southern edges of Monument Valley, UT. Joe is a proud husband and father, cat-lover, quasi-student, school board member, community leader, and Native entrepreneur in the non-profit Change Labs incubator program. After spending a career of 18 years in banking in California, Alaska, and Arizona, Joe returned to his community to volunteer and help make positive change by becoming involved, starting with the public school system that helped inspire him to lead a life of helping others, advocating for equity, fighting for cultural preservation among the Native community, and sharing economic opportunities. Joe continues to focus on bringing the important issues facing Arizona public schools to the rural Native communities where he comes from.
Amy Pedotto has worked in communications and business development in the non-profit sector focused on raising awareness and support for public policy research and human service initiatives. She currently serves as the Executive Director and Research Project Manager at the Grand Canyon Institute, a nonpartisan think tank that provides fact-based research on policies that affect the economic, fiscal and social future of Arizona. She has bachelors’ degrees in Journalism and Spanish from Arizona State University and a master’s degree in International Policy and Management from the University of California, San Diego. Amy is the proud mom of two daughters, one of whom attends a private school using an ESA due to a disability diagnosis.