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Maia Sharpley

Learn Capital

Maia is a Partner at Learn Capital, a venture capital firm focused exclusively on the global EdTech sector. Maia has a proven track record of conceptualizing, developing, and optimizing businesses in the US, Europe, and Asia-Pacific. She has built and run multiple educational startups in addition to leading highly visible operational initiatives. A recognized thought-leader, her experience spans the globe with deep roots in the K-12, post- secondary education, and test prep industries.

Maia serves on the boards of multiple education organizations, including colleges, research think tanks, EdTech accelerators, and startups, and is a mentor to numerous emerging leaders, startups and small businesses.

Previously Maia was the Executive Vice President of Innovation and Strategic Initiatives for Charter Schools USA, responsible for developing innovative EdTech solutions and new capabilities within the organization as well as overseeing marketing. Before that she was Vice President for Strategy and Innovation with Kaplan, where she led a broad range of strategic initiatives, oversaw the company's EdTech portfolio, and built multiple businesses. Prior to Kaplan, Maia served as Executive Director of Operations for the New York City Department of Education and was a founding member of its Children First team, spearheading various reform initiatives.

Education, Personal, and Fellowship

A graduate of Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, Maia earned her MBA from the Ross School of Business, University of Michigan.

She is an avid skier, has travelled extensively, has lived and worked overseas, is fluent in multiple languages, and is a United States Patent holder.

A member of Class 24, Maia is serving her fellowship at Learn Capital.