Charles Thornburgh

Civitas Learning

Charles serves as CEO of Civitas Learning and founded the company to transform educational outcomes using big data analytics. He discovered a passion for education while teaching high school students on the weekends during his undergraduate days at Stanford, and upon graduating translated that passion into the founding of multiple education start-ups. These early ventures included, an online safety training company, and, the first rich-media, diagnostic and prescriptive test prep tutoring application online. In 2002, his business was acquired by Kaplan, where he spent the next nine years as an in-house entrepreneur, launching several edtech businesses in the K-12 and higher education markets. Charles is a two-time CODiE Award recipient for excellence in software development and a former Director on the Education Board of the Software & Information Industry Association. He is also named on the “16 People Changing the Landscape of Online Education Forever” list by Find Education Online. He is a frequent speaker at education events around the country, when he is not home in Austin, TX, enjoying the outdoors with his wife two young sons.