Our executives lead a passionate team of InStriders who are focused on changing lives through education, with the oversight of a knowledgeable board of directors and an experienced advisory board.


Chief Executive Officer

Chief Operating Officer & Co-Founder

Chief Customer Officer

Chief University Officer

Chief Financial Officer

General Counsel

Chief Technology Officer

Chief Human Resources Officer

Director of Strategy & Chief of Staff

Chief Executive Officer & Founder

Vivek Sharma

Vivek Sharma has extensive experience building and growing profitable businesses through the application of digital technology, with roles spanning CEO & Founder, eCommerce and product leader, Fortune 500 board director, data science professor and strategy consultant.

Chief Learner Officer & Co-Founder

Jonathan Lau

Jonathan Lau brings years of experience at leading technology, education, consulting and investment firms, along with a passion for building purposeful and sustainable organizations.

Chief Customer Officer

Sean Flynn

Sean Flynn is an accomplished sales leader with more than 15 years of experience at venture-backed startups, global technology companies and in public service.

Chief Financial Officer

Ryan Johnson

Ryan Johnson is an experienced finance and operations leader with more than 15 years of experience and a track record of helping technology companies establish the infrastructure and processes required to scale and accelerate growth.

General Counsel

Betsy Tucci

Betsy Tucci is a seasoned legal counsel with a passion for digital innovation and complex transacting. She oversees all legal affairs for InStride.

Chief Technology Officer

Tarun Malhotra

Tarun Malhotra leads the end-to-end strategy and execution of the technology, applications, infrastructure and operations that power InStride’s offerings.

Senior Vice President, Brand Communications

John James Nicoletti

John James Nicoletti has a 30-plus year background in communications, public affairs and issues management with extensive experience in sports and entertainment, local government and entrepreneurial start-ups.

Senior Vice President, Academic Partnerships

Michelle Westfort

Michelle Westfort brings more than 20 years of professional experience in higher education programs and partnerships to InStride. 

VP of Talent & Chief of Staff

Brian MacDougall

Brian MacDougall has over a decade of experience building and leading high-performing teams, driving organizational performance and delivering on business and financial goals for technology, media and entertainment organizations.

Board of Directors

Vice President, TPG Rise Fund

Chief Executive Officer, ASU Enterprise Partners

Managing Partner, TPG Growth

Chair, Former Secretary of the U.S. Navy

University Dean for Educational Initiatives and CEO, EdPlus at ASU

Partner, TPG Rise Fund

CEO & Founder, InStride

Advisory Board Members

Former Chair & CEO, Cardinal Health, Inc.

Former CEO, Citibank, N.A.

Former Chair & CEO, KPMG

Interim CEO, Hertz; Former President & CEO, Ford Motor Company

Former Chair & CEO, Regal Entertainment Group

Former Chair and CEO of The Michaels Companies, Inc.

Former COO of The Walt Disney Company

Former eBay, Hewlett-Packard and HPE CEO