Our Team

LIGHTSAIL IS PROUD OF THE TALENT WE BRING TO K-12 LITERACY

With over 86% of its staff having worked in schools a cumulative 208 total years, LightSail welcomes alumni from Teaching Fellows programs, Education Pioneers, The Broad Residency, City Year, WorldTeach, Americorps, Peace Corps, DOE, TFA and TNTP.

We place a premium on team diversity in all forms and feature a majority female team alongside a breadth of cultural backgrounds and K-20 educational experiences.


Steven Gittleson
CEO

Steven is a co-founder of LightSail and as Chief Technology Officer led the development of LightSail’s technology since its inception. Steven is passionate about literacy and the potential that increasing literacy has as a cornerstone to reversing economic gaps, as well as the opportunities that developing existing reading skills affords children everywhere.

As CEO, Steven drives the vision at LightSail by tapping into his significant technical expertise to laser focus on technology and innovation, while simultaneously working with the management team to significantly grow LightSail in the US and internationally. In addition, Steven is dedicated to building LightSail’s Antares content label and building other content partnerships.

Steven has over 20 years’ experience in managing large-scale complex mobile and web-based software development applications both on and off the cloud. Steven also served as a founding partner and CTO for several start-ups and played a significant role in some 9 digit exits, including Omnipod and Netcreations. Steven has participated in numerous speaking engagements for IBM, Oracle, and Microsoft. Steven hails from South Africa and graduated from Wits University in Johannesburg.

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