Managing Director, Education Ventures
Rusty Greiff is the managing director for 1776’s education ventures.
Most recently, Rusty served as Chief Strategy & Development Officer and co-founder of SF-based Learnist, one of the fastest growing social learning and curation companies in the country with over 25 million global users. With the same venture team and investors including Benchmark Capital and GSV Partners, Rusty was a founding executive team and Board member of Grockit, a pioneering social and adaptive learning company serving over 5 million students globally that was acquired by Kaplan Test Prep in August, 2013.
Before joining the Grockit/Learnist team, Rusty held senior online learning, executive corporate development, President/GM operating positions with Educate, Inc. one of the largest supplemental education companies in the U.S., including Sylvan Learning and Catapult Learning. Prior to joining Educate, Inc., Rusty worked in New York in private equity, and headed corporate development and served as General Manager for USA E-Commerce Solutions, a division of USA Interactive (now IAC). Before entering business, Rusty served as a Policy Analyst in the Clinton Administration’s Corporation for National & Community Service, responsible for launching AmeriCorps and served as an education and technology Policy Advisor for Senator John Kerry (DMA) in the Senate Democratic Policy Committee.
He currently advises and serves on Boards of private and publically traded Higher Education and edtech companies, foundations and non-profits, and is a frequent presenter at national forums on disruptive learning and design, social entrepreneurship, and global public-private partnerships.
Rusty received his B.A. at Washington, University, St. Louis with Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude honors and an MBA at Harvard University. He was also a Coro Leadership Fellow in New York City and studied at London School of Economics. Rusty lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife Elizabeth and their three boys, Theo, Noah and Isaak.