Leadership

Matthew Randazzo

Matthew Randazzo

CEO

As CEO of the National Math and Science Initiative, Matthew leads and oversees the organization’s efforts to improve student achievement and teacher effectiveness in communities across the country. Read

Matthew joined NMSI in September 2014 as Chief Growth & Strategy Officer, responsible for planning and implementing NMSI’s external engagement strategies, including cultivation of public and private partnerships to grow NMSI’s footprint while deepening its impact in target communities across the country.Prior to joining NMSI, Matthew served as founding president and CEO of Choose to Succeed, where he mobilized $45 million in local, state and national pledges to support exceptional, tuition-free public education options for families in San Antonio, TX. Previously, he served as chief growth officer for IDEA Public Schools, where he oversaw the inception and execution of aggressive growth plans for a network of tuition-free K-12 public charter schools serving more than 20,000 students in 36 schools throughout Texas.

Matthew earned his BA in political science and Latin American studies from Albion College in Michigan and his Master of Public Affairs degree from The University of Texas at Austin.


RICHARD S. BROWN

Richard S. Brown

Chief Research Scientist

As Chief Research Scientist, Rich is responsible for a program of research, systems, and measures to evaluate the effectiveness of NMSI’s core programs in improving teacher performance and student achievement.Read

Rich joined NMSI in September 2014. He previously served as an associate research professor at University of Southern California’s Rossier School of Education and as assistant professor of education and director of the Center for Research in Educational Assessment and Measurement at University of California, Irvine. At both USC and UCI, he taught courses in educational measurement, advanced statistics and research methodology. Prior to his professorships, Rich worked as a senior researcher at the National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing at UCLA, where he provided technical expertise on test development, measurement, and performance standard setting in two large-scale public school assessment initiatives.

Rich has also conducted research on developing an indicator system for California public schools and exploring graphical representations of data to evaluate school performance. His recent work includes developing online adaptive assessments in mathematics, reading, and English language fluency; alignment of testing systems between secondary and post-secondary educational systems; and measuring college readiness using cognitive diagnostic models.

Rich holds an MBA from UCI and a PhD in advanced quantitative methods from UCLA.


Rick Doucette

Rick Doucette

Chief Information Officer

As Chief Information Officer, Rick is responsible for setting NMSI’s strategic technology vision, building and managing its information technology infrastructure, and expanding its online educator learning platforms and programs.Read

Rick joined NMSI in September 2014 and has a breadth of experience identifying and delivering timely business solutions to gain critical market share in early stage organizations. He has specialized in the mid-market CIO role at organizations such as NBS, MetroPCS, UICI, and AdvancePCS, where he created strategic technology blueprints to successfully integrate key business acquisitions and deploy new products that increased revenue, and implemented customer relationship management systems and new enterprise applications.

Most recently, Rick leveraged his deep IT background and best-practices knowledge to successfully launch a professional IT consulting firm. The organization was hand-selected by Cisco as a technology partner in deploying world-class logical and physical IT security solutions.

Rick was an all-academic athlete and earned his BS in computer science and BS in statistics from the University of New Brunswick in eastern Canada.


Tracy Epp

Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

As EVP and COO of the National Math and Science Initiative, Tracy leads NMSI’s internal operations, overseeing the academic, finance, IT and human resources teams with an overall focus on program strategy and organizational strength.Read

Tracy joined NMSI in August of 2016. Prior to joining NMSI, she was a Principal at Education First Consulting where she worked with school systems, non-profits and philanthropists to improve and expand their impact so that all students have access to a high-quality public education. She is considered as an expert in college-ready teaching & learning, designing & leading effective school systems, and the design, delivery & scaling of programs.

She has served extensively in leadership roles in public education: Tracy was both a regional superintendent and the Chief Academic Officer at Achievement First Public Charter Schools, and as founding Chief Academic Officer for IDEA Public Schools. She also served as Program Director for Teach For America –RGV as the Program Director, and co-authored the original charter for the IDEA Academy (now IDEA Public Schools). She later joined the team at IDEA officially to found and lead its flagship high school-IDEA College Preparatory in Donna, Texas.

Tracy holds a doctorate degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Texas at Austin, a master’s degree from the University of Texas-Pan American and dual bachelor’s degrees in political science and history from Case Western Reserve University, where she was named the 2015 Distinguished Alumni in the College of Arts and Sciences. She is also a Pahara Fellow, Cohort IV (#Engage).


Gregg Fleischer

Gregg Fleisher

President

As President, Gregg serves as NMSI's key liaison with senior school district leaders, state and national STEM education partners, and public and private funders while continuing to provide strategic direction and oversight of NMSI’s core programs to ensure program fidelity and sustainability.Read

Gregg started his career as an auditor and actuary, but found his true passion as a math teacher. In 1995, while continuing to teach AP Calculus, Gregg started the AP Incentive Program (now known as NMSI’s College Readiness Program) in Dallas ISD. During his five years with the program, as much as 3.3 percent of the country’s minorities who earned qualifying scores on AP math exams were from Gregg’s ten Dallas ISD schools.

In 2000, Gregg was asked by Dallas philanthropist Peter O’Donnell to lead the nonprofit Advanced Placement Strategies (APS), which managed the College Readiness Program for districts in the state of Texas. In seven years, the fledgling company grew from four to 60 employees, had an annual budget of $15M raised from private and public funds, and had programs in hundreds of schools in the state. The average program saw qualifying scores in math, science, and English triple within five years. The success of APS gave ExxonMobil cause, in part, to commit to NMSI their largest grant ever to replicate the program in other states.

In 2007, Gregg joined NMSI to oversee the $79M in grants given to nonprofits in six states that were initially slated to replicate the College Readiness Program. The program has since been implemented in nearly 800 schools across 30 states. Today, Gregg continues to oversee the College Readiness Program as well as NMSI’s Laying the Foundation Teacher Training Program for grades 3-12 and the UTeach Expansion Program, which is helping to prepare the next generation of math and science teachers.


Tammy Knapp

Tammy Knapp

Chief Financial Officer

As Chief Financial Officer, Tammy is responsible for all financial matters related to NMSI operations including budget development and oversight, as well as financial reporting and compliance related to numerous public and private grants.Read

Tammy joined the staff of NMSI in the fall of 2013, but has provided accounting, compliance and financial reporting assistance to NMSI since 2007. Her work for NMSI has allowed her to visit all of NMSI's College Readiness Program partner states as well as most of the NMSI-funded UTeach universities.

After graduating from Texas Tech University with a BBA in Finance, Tammy began her career as an internal auditor with First International Bancshares in Dallas, Texas, which later became Bank of America. During her 18-year tenure with Bank of America, Tammy held a variety of positions including Chief Financial Officer of a subsidiary bank, Vice President and Trust Officer, and Vice President and Private Bank Relationship Manager. 

Tammy left banking in 2000 to join Knapp and Company, PC, a public accounting firm founded by her husband, Rick. Tammy was an audit partner for 13 years, providing audit and consulting services for nonprofit and governmental entities.


Tara Marathe

Tara Marathe

Chief of Staff

As Chief of Staff, Tara is responsible for overseeing NMSI’s executive communications, as well as tracking organizational performance and progress toward strategic goals.Read

Tara joined NMSI in July 2014 as communications director and was tasked with leading and implementing a comprehensive communication program in support of NMSI’s mission and leadership in improving teacher effectiveness and student achievement. She previously served as an editor for the journal Science for nine years; as a communications manager for a neuroscience research center at The University of Texas at Dallas; and as a writer and development manager for the STEEEP Global Institute at Baylor Scott & White Health, where she helped research and write a book about the system’s history of health care quality improvement.

Tara holds a BA in biology with a concentration in cell and molecular biology and biochemistry from Colby College and a master’s degree in marine and environmental science from the University of Maryland.