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Renaissance Announces Two New Additions to its Board of Directors

Chaka Booker’s and Vicki Phillips’ leadership and expertise will help Renaissance ensure continuous learning for all students

Bloomington, Minn. (Oct. 13, 2020)Renaissance, a global leader in pre-K–12 education technology, recently welcomed Chaka Booker and Vicki Phillips to the Renaissance Board of Directors.

“We’re fortunate to have both Chaka and Vicki join our board and help us further our mission of accelerating learning for all,” stated Chris Bauleke, CEO of Renaissance. “Both bring a wealth of knowledge and insight to Renaissance.”

Chaka Booker serves as a managing director on the senior leadership team at The Broad Center, a national organization focused on leadership development in public education. He is also a member of the advisory board for the National Head Start Association as well as the National Association of Charter School Authorizers.

In addition, Chaka is a Pahara Fellow at the Aspen Institute and a Forbes contributor on leadership and entrepreneurship. He holds degrees in economics and psychology from UCLA and an MBA from Stanford University. Chaka is the author of two books; Mastering The Hire: 12 Strategies to Improve Your Odds of Finding the Best Hire and The Empowered Candidate: The Power You Have to Land the Job You Deserve.

Vicki Phillips serves as executive vice president and chief education officer at the National Geographic Society. In her role, she oversees the company’s education strategy and programs focused on transforming classroom experiences for millions of students and educators to inspire the next generation of planetary stewards. Prior, Vicki has been a middle and high school teacher, a state-level policymaker, nonprofit leader, the superintendent of Portland Public Schools, the Pennsylvania chief state school officer, and a K–12 education director. In addition, she served as the director of education, College-Ready, at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for nearly a decade.

Vicki holds an EdD in international leadership and management from the University of Lincoln in the United Kingdom and an MA in school psychology, along with a BS in elementary education and special education, K–8, K–12, from Western Kentucky University.

Together, Chaka and Vicki join Jason Brein, Ezra Perlman, Alan Ni, Steve Ellis, and Chris Bauleke on the Renaissance Board of Directors.

About Renaissance

As a global leader in assessment, reading, and math solutions for pre-K–12 schools and districts, Renaissance is committed to providing educators with insights and resources to accelerate growth and help all students build a strong foundation for success. Renaissance solutions are used in over one-third of US schools and in more than 100 countries worldwide. The Renaissance portfolio includes Star Assessments, for reliable, accurate insights into K–12 student learning; myIGDIs, for accurate assessment of early learning; myON, to increase students’ access to high-quality reading materials; Accelerated Reader, to support independent reading practice; Freckle, for teacher-led differentiated instruction; and Schoolzilla, to give educators actionable insights into trends in student attendance and achievement. For more information, visit

About Francisco Partners

Francisco Partners is a leading global private equity firm, which specializes in investments in technology and technology-enabled services businesses. Since its launch over 18 years ago, Francisco Partners has raised approximately $14 billion in capital and invested in nearly 200 technology companies, making it one of the most active and longstanding investors in the technology industry. The firm invests in transaction values ranging from $50 million to over $2 billion, where the firm’s deep sectoral knowledge and operational expertise can help companies realize their full potential. For more information on Francisco Partners, please visit

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