Meet the Leadership Team

The Tripod leadership team has extensive experience in K-12 education and data analytics. Dr. Ronald F. Ferguson created the first Tripod™ surveys with educators in Ohio in 2001. Rob Ramsdell began work with Ron in 2005, and together they have developed Tripod into the national organization it is today.

Ronald F. Ferguson

Ronald F. Ferguson

CO-FOUNDER

Ron created Tripod and continues to lead all research. He is the Faculty Co-Chair and Director of the Achievement Gap Initiative at Harvard University, where he has taught since 1983. Much of his research since the mid-1990s has focused on racial achievement gaps, appearing in publications of the National Research Council, the Brookings Institution, and the US Department of Education, in addition to various books and scholarly journals. Ron has a B.A. from Cornell University and a Ph.D. from MIT, both in economics.

Rob Ramsdell

Rob Ramsdell

CO-FOUNDER & CEO

Rob began his career as a high school social studies teacher and went on to found FreshPond Education in 1996. Rob and Ron began their collaboration on Tripod in 2005, working together on key partnerships and product development. Rob also spent three years as the Senior Director of PBS TeacherLine and served as a Vice President at Cambridge Education for six years. He has a B.A. from Brown University, an M.A. from Teachers College at Columbia University, and an M.Ed. from Harvard University.

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