Rusty Greiff is the Managing Director for 1776’s education ventures. Most recently,Greiff served as Chief Strategy & Development Officer and co-founder of Learnist, formerly Grockit which was successfully acquired by Kaplan Test Prep in August 2013. Learnist is one of the fastest growing global consumer and mobile learning companies on the Web – providing experts, teachers and learners the chance to curate and share multi-media learning boards in a global knowledge network.
Prior to joining Grockit/Learnist,Greiff held senior executive positions at USA Interactive and Educate, Inc. including Hooked on Phonics, Catapult Learning and Sylvan Learning, where he led Sylvan’s national college prep and readiness business. He currently advises and serves on Boards of national charter schools, edtech companies, virtual schools and national nonprofits in education and economic development.
Greiff joined New Markets Venture Partners in 2014 as a Senior Advisor. He has over 15 years experience in launching and running early-stage and large-scale education, social entrepreneurship and interactive technology businesses. He began his career working in the Clinton Administration launching the AmeriCorps program, and for the Senate Democratic Policy Committee and Senator John Kerry on education and technology policy. He graduated with a B.S. and Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude honors in political science and history from Washington University in St. Louis as well as an MBA from Harvard University. He has completed coursework at the London School of Economics and is a former Coro Leadership Fellow.