The vision of Project Tomorrow is to ensure that today’s students are well prepared to be tomorrow’s innovators, leaders and engaged citizens of the world. We believe that by supporting the innovative uses of science, math and technology resources in our K-12 schools and communities, students will develop the critical thinking, problem solving and creativity skills needed to compete and thrive in the 21st century.
Main Phone: 949-609-4660
Dr. Julie A. Evans is the CEO of Project Tomorrow (www.tomorrow.org) and is the founder of the heralded Speak Up Research Project which annually collects and reports on the authentic views of 400,000 K-12 students, parents and educators on key education issues each year. Dr. Evans serves as the chief researcher on the Speak Up Project as well as leading research efforts on the impact of innovative learning models and interventions in both K-12 and higher education. Over the past 17 years, almost 6 million K-12 students, teachers and parents have participated in the Speak Up Project representing over 35,000 schools from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and around the world. Dr. Evans is the longest serving woman executive in the education technology nonprofit sector.
Prior to this position, Dr. Evans enjoyed a successful career in national and regional sales and marketing management with Unisys and two education technology startups. As a thought leader and influencer, she brings to new discussions insights from her experiences within the technology industry, entrepreneurship, nonprofit management, and education research. Dr. Evans is a graduate of Brown University and earned her doctorate in educational leadership from the University of California, San Diego and California State University San Marcos. She serves on several boards and advisory and is a frequent speaker and writer on new learning models within education, most notably around digital learning. Among her many accolades and awards, Dr. Evans was named in April 2020 as the winner of EdTech Digest’s National Leader award.
Pilar Comparan is our Education Program Manager. Native to Orange County, Pilar’s educational pathway through public school opened her eyes to a need to change higher education goal setting for students in order to make sure everyone has access to resources to learn about college and have the opportunity to attend, if desired. She graduated from Santa Ana High School and then attended Santa Ana Community College, before transferring to San Jose State University as a first generation student. She graduated with honors in 2014 with Bachelors in Communications Studies. Her passion for education pushed her to establish an organization at SJSU through Associated Students, which is still active today. Academic Leaders and Mentors Aiming for Success (A.L.M.A.S.) serves as a liaison between students and communities, through cultural and educational services. She is currently attending California State University, Long Beach pursuing her masters in education. Through the Social and Cultural Analysis of Education program she is hoping to gain critical understanding of historical and contemporary struggles for social and educational justice in the US and around the world. With this knowledge she aims to implement transformative practices in a variety of educational contexts. Her 10+ years of program management experience at science centers throughout California has developed her deep understanding of the importance of STEM education in K-12. On her free time she enjoys to travel and volunteer as a Solar System Ambassador through the NASA/JPL program. As an ambassador she is trained by NASA/JPL to engage and educate her community on space exploration programs.
Stef Rios is the Project Support Coordinator for Project Tomorrow, currently residing in Northeast Florida. Her passion for education started halfway through her K-12 schooling, when she moved from an inner-city public school to a magnet school in a middle of the road Florida suburb. The differences in the quality of education were stark, and over time, she became concerned for the siblings and cousins she left behind. Out of over 60+ first cousins, she is still the only one to have attended college. Nowadays she is excited to be working with Project Tomorrow, hoping her efforts can help to bridge gaps for students across the nation. Stef is a proud graduate of Florida State University where she studied psychology and business. In her free time, she likes to foster newborn kittens, watch scary movies, and write songs to perform at local shows.
David recently joined the Project Tomorrow team as the Computational Thinking Instructional Coach. A native New Yorker, David received his Childhood Education degree from CUNY City College while working as a case manager at a learning center in Midtown, Manhattan. David was a 5th grade lead teacher in Crown Heights, Brooklyn and East Harlem, Manhattan for five years leading mathematics, history and English language arts instruction before transitioning to fulfilling a founding leadership role in a middle school. In his free time David enjoys cooking, working out and watching sports (MLB, NFL, NBA & English Premier League).
Irene K. Spero serves as CEO of NextChapter Consulting, LLC. She established NextChapter Consulting after more than two decades working with associations and organizations in the education and ed tech space. NextChapter provides services to public and private sector organizations who share a commitment to improve education and transform the learning experience through technology.
Most recently, Ms. Spero served as Chief Strategy Officer and Chief External Relations Officer at CoSN. In that capacity she was responsible for working with corporate partners, creating partnerships with nonprofit organizations, overseeing communications and directing its policy and advocacy work. Prior to her service at CoSN, Ms. Spero worked at the College Board leading a comprehensive government relations program at the federal and state level. She also served on the staff of the US Congressional Web based Education Commission as part of the first comprehensive examination of how the Internet was changing education. In addition, Ms. Spero did outreach work for NetDay/ Project Tomorrow.
Ms. Spero holds a BA from Bryn Mawr College in Political Science and MA in Public Law from Columbia University. She serves on the Board of the National Coalition for Technology in Education and Training and was a past President. She is active in a wide range of community activities in the Washington, DC area.
Judith Marciante has been the designer and front end developer of Project Tomorrow’s website since 2000. She has a BA in English and design, and has done post-graduate work in art, design and web development. Prior to starting her own web design business, she was a founding partner and Creative Director of Red Dot Interactive, one of the first interactive multimedia development companies in San Francisco. She focuses on responsive web site design, interface design, programming, web maintenance, and consultation for innovative businesses and non-profit organizations. In her free time, she enjoys playing mandolin and ukulele, urban walking, beach-going with her dog, and spending time with friends and family.
Katherine Bihr, Ed.D.
Vice President and Executive Director Tiger Woods Learning Center, Tiger Woods Foundation
Kevin C. Daly, Ph.D.
Former Director, Iteris, Inc.
Thomas Aurelio Davis
Director of Business Development, The Center for Educational Innovation
Executive Director, Base II
Julie A. Evans, Ed.D
CEO, Project Tomorrow
Vice President, First Bank
Founder, Tahoe Strategies
CEO, Driving Force Institute
Chairman, Maxxess Systems Inc.