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Louis Pugliese
Senior Innovation Fellow , Arizona State University
Washington DC, United States
Over the past two years, I’ve been carving a path for a career transition to social impact. I work on-ground in social impact ventures connecting education related social ventures to economic development. I have 20 years of relevant experience in growing successful NFP enterprises to create broad based social impact
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Area of Expertise:
  • Capacity Building, Training, Advocacy, Political
  • Director, CEO, COP, President
  • Infrastructure, Technology, Engineering, Science
  • Social, Education, Gender, Youth, Child
Professional Experience:
Over the past twenty years, Pugliese has developed a strong track record managing growth stage businesses and acquiring and developing a number of education organizations. Pugliese is currently Senior Innovation Fellow at Arizona State University and Managing Director of the Teaching and Learning Action Lab. Lou was recently former Chairman and
CEO of Moodlerooms, the largest global provider of open source software and services for eLearning for the K to Workforce markets which was aquired by Blackboard. Prior to Moodlerooms, Pugliese was President of Learning Diagnostics Inc., an education a consulting practice providing strategic planning in Business Intelligence in academic and administrative information architecture. He was recently vice president of corporate development and company director at Educational Testing Service (ETS). In this capacity, Pugliese led corporate strategy and growth and strategic alliances for the secondary, post secondary, workforce and international education markets. Prior to his appointment in corporate development, Pugliese served as the vice president of market development, which included marketing, sales, market research, and business development. Prior to this post, he was the CEO of ETS Pulliam, LLC, an ETS K12 subsidiary, and vice president of elementary and secondary education products and services where he led ETS’s elementary and secondary education product development
and customer facing activities. These included professional development, technology products and services and assessments. Prior to ETS, Pugliese was an entrepreneur in residence at Novak Biddle Venture Partners, an equity financing firm established in 1997 to provide assistance to the management of young, information technology businesses. There he shaped the strategy for private equity investments in early stage educational technology companies. While working with Novak Biddle, Pugliese was named CEO of AnswerLogic, a software company that delivers online question-answering solutions for business through its innovative natural language processing technology. Pugliese’s affiliation with Novak Biddle began with the firm’s early stage lead position in Blackboard, Inc., where he was founding CEO. Under Pugliese’s leadership,
Blackboard experienced 500 percent annual revenue growth rates, international customer expansion to more than three million individuals teaching and learning on Blackboard, the roll out of multiple products and services and attainment over $50 million in private financing.
Pugliese served as vice president and chief operating officer of ETC, a subsidiary of Denver based Telecommunications Inc. (TCI). Prior to joining ETC, he was director of marketing and sales with Scholastic New Media in New York, and vice president of Turner Educational Services in Atlanta where he successfully launched CNN Newsroom and a variety of other educational ventures. Pugliese is active in the Washington, DC regional and national technology
Pennsylvania State University
Bachelor of Arts
Speech Communications and Journalism
Relevant Coursework
The Wharton School-
•2014- Social Entrepreneurship- Social entrepreneurship business strategy for high-potential positive social impact and apply tools and frameworks to testing and scaling social enterprise
•2011-Executive Education-Governance and Effective Board Management
George Mason University, Mason Center for Social Entrepreneurship
2014- Social Entrepreneurship- Identifying, preparing, and empowering the world’s next generation of social entrepreneurs
University of Michigan
2014-Social Network Analysis structure and evolution of networks, drawing on knowledge from disciplines as diverse as sociology, mathematics, computer science, economics, and physics
Affiliations and Achievements:
Community Coalition for Haiti
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  • Job opportunities
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    Years of Experience:
    More than 20 years
    Highest Qualification:
    English, Haitian Kreyol
    United States
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