About the Art of Problem Solving Initiative, Inc.

Daniel Zaharopol

Daniel Zaharopol

Executive Director

Dan Zaharopol is the Founder of Bridge to Enter Advanced Mathematics (BEAM), which works to create a realistic pathway for underserved middle school students to become scientists, mathematicians, engineers, and programmers. BEAM is a project of The Art of Problem Solving Initiative.

Previously, Dan was the Co-Founder and CEO of Learning Unlimited, an organization that helps college students create educational programs on their campuses. He is also Chair of the Board of Directors of the Mathematics Foundation of America, which runs Canada/USA Mathcamp.

Dan graduated from MIT in 2004 where he studied mathematics, and earned dual master's degrees in mathematics (focusing on Algebraic Topology) and in mathematics education from the University of Illinois. He blogs at Consider Learning.

Richard Rusczyk

Richard Rusczyk

President, Board of Directors

Richard Rusczyk created the company Art of Problem Solving in 2003 to create interactive educational opportunities for avid math students, and expanded this work by founding the nonprofit Art of Problem Solving Initiative in 2004. He is one of the co-authors of the Art of Problem Solving classic textbooks, author of Art of Problem Solving's Introduction to Algebra, Introduction to Geometry, and Precalculus textbooks, co-author of Art of Problem Solving's Intermediate Algebra and Prealgebra, one of the co-creators of the Mandelbrot Competition, and a past Director of the USA Mathematical Talent Search. He was a participant in National MATHCOUNTS, a three-time participant in the Math Olympiad Summer Program, and a USA Mathematical Olympiad winner (1989). He graduated from Princeton University in 1993, and worked as a bond trader for D.E. Shaw & Company for four years. AoPS marks Richard's return to his vocation -- educating motivated students.

Darryl Hill

Darryl Hill, Ph.D.

Secretary, Board of Directors

Darryl Hill is Assistant Superintendent of School Accountability and Governance for the Fulton County Schools in Atlanta, GA. He has a Ph.D. in Education Policy, Leadership, and Instructional Practice from Harvard University. Prior to attending Harvard, he built an outstanding mathematics team at Rickards High School in Florida, earning Mu Alpha Theta's most dedicated sponsor award.

Susan Schwartz Wildstrom

Treasurer, Board of Directors

Susan Schwartz Wildstrom is a mathematics teacher at Walt Whitman High Schoolin Bethesda, MD. She is involved in many national mathematical associations, including the American Mathematical Society and the Mathematical Association of America. She is also involved with the Committee on the American Mathematics Competitions and chair of the Committee on Local and Regional Competitions.

Kiran Kedlaya

Kristin Kearns-Jordan

Member, Board of Directors

Kristin Kearns-Jordan is Chief Executive Officer of the Urban Assembly (UA), a network of 21 small public middle and high schools serving primarily low-income New Yorkers. Before coming to the UA she served as Executive Director of the Tortora Sillcox Foundation, a foundation advancing educational equity and excellence in New York City, from 2007 - 2016. From 2000 to 2007, she was the founder and director of the Bronx Preparatory Charter School, a classical, college preparatory middle and high school in the South Bronx. She became the founding executive director of the School Choice Scholarships Foundation in 1997 after beginning her career in education at the Student/Sponsor Partnership. She has extensive nonprofit governance experience, including board roles at the Student/Sponsor Partners, the READ Foundation, the Bronx Preparatory Charter School, the Urban Assembly (before becoming CEO), and the Cathedral School of St. John the Divine (for the last three years as President). She is a graduate of Phillips Exeter Academy and Brown University.

Kiran Kedlaya

Kiran Kedlaya, Ph.D.

Member, Board of Directors

Kiran Kedlaya is Professor of Mathematics at the University of California, San Diego. He has served as a member of the USA International Mathematics Olympiad team, a deputy leader of the USA IMO team, a member of the IMO 2001 executive committee, a member of the USA Mathematical Olympiad committee, and a co-author of a book on the Putnam competition.

Sandor Lehoczky

Member, Board of Directors

Sandor Lehoczky works for Jane Street Capital, a financial firm in New York City. He co-authored the Art of Problem Solving with Richard Rusczyk and graduated from Princeton in 1994.

Paul Sherman

Paul Sherman

Member, Board of Directors

Paul is a life long learner of mathematics. He is currently partner at Weiss Asset Management in Boston, MA. where he enjoys using mathematical rigor on a daily basis. He has also served as an advisor and trustee of several mathematics education focused charitable organizations over the past ten years. After graduating as valedictorian of Washington University School of Engineering, he studied astrophysics at MIT and also earned an advanced degree in mathematics from Northeastern University. He subsequently taught math and science for grades 6 to 12 at the Waring School in Beverly, MA and has had continued involvement in math and science education, including at professional development programs for secondary teachers as well as enrichment programs for high school students. He founded and currently leads MATHS, an after school math program in Lexington, MA.