Spire believes that great teams produce exceptional results. Our core values of growth, openness, generosity and fun drive our work with clients and our internal interactions. We believe in taking risks and making mistakes as a path to learning, and we encourage joy in all that we do.
Jenn Cotter has worked in education for over 13 years, in the US, East Africa and across the world. Jenn currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Spire, the co-founder of the Nairobi Edtech Meetup, and a facilitator/organizer for Startup Weekend Education Nairobi.
Previously, Jenn served as the Global Director of Outcomes for international technology education company, General Assembly, and as a Vice President for the boutique education consultancy, Collaborative Communications, based in Washington, DC. Jenn has a master’s degree in International Education Policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a bachelor’s degree in Linguistics from the University of Pennsylvania. She is also a former fellow and coordinator of the Education Policy Fellowship Program hosted by the Institute for Educational Leadership.
Dr. Oliver Rothschild
Dr. Oliver Rothschild previously served as a Deputy Director at Partners In Health where he led health programs serving one million people across East Africa, and as a consultant with McKinsey. He is a co-founder and board member at Kepler and holds an MD from Yale.
Dai Ellis served as CEO of Excel Academy Charter Schools, one of the highest-performing school networks in the United States. He is also a co-founder and board member of Kepler. Previously, Dai led the Clinton Foundation’s work on health care products in the developing world. Dai is a graduate of Yale Law School and earned his bachelor’s degree at Harvard University.
Oliver Sabot serves as the Managing Director of Nova Academies. He was recently Co-Founder and Managing Director at Spire, using his experience building and running highly effective learning and employability programs for top companies. He previously served as the Executive Vice President for Global Programs at the Clinton Health Access Initiative and is co-founder and board member of Kepler, an innovative new university model in East Africa.