Who We Are
The Center for Innovation in Education is an established 501(3)c non-profit that wants to bring educational opportunities to young people. We are taking a new innovative approach to learning as we believe it will have a big impact on the lives of many students.
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The Center for Innovation in Education is dedicated to creating and implementing innovative methods for educating young people in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Students will leave our program with the necessary skills in STEM, as well as finance and products, to succeed in the real world.
John D. Beneventi - Chairman
John is a social entrepreneur at heart with a focus on using technology as an industry change agent. He has over a decade of experience leading the design, creation, and deployment of market-leading technologies and process improvements for the real estate, mortgage finance, housing counseling, and aviation industries. As co-founder of 5X Solutions, Inc. and Center for Innovation in Education, John has implemented streamline processes and provided scalable solutions resulting in disruptive technology solutions that redefine industries.
Ron de Frates - Vice Chairman
Ron is a technologist and entrepreneur with an interest in disruptive technology and mega-trends. He has over 30 years of experience applying engineering principles to business and social problems.
Exploiting empirical evidence and shortening the feed-back loop during product development are central to his approach to delivering successful solutions. As co-founder of 5X Solutions, Inc., Ron focuses on stakeholder problems and solutions. He has worked in a wide variety of industries including mortgage finance, biotech, utilities, and medical devices. As co-founder of 5X Solutions, Inc., Ron focuses on stakeholder problems and solutions.
Craig S. Nickerson
Craig Nickerson has been a leader in the housing and community development world for over four decades, including influential roles in the public, private and nonprofit sectors.
Currently, Craig serves as President of The Nickerson Group, a housing finance and community revitalization consultant practice, based in Washington, DC. Prior to establishing this practice in 2016, Craig served as founder and President of the National Community Stabilization Trust (NCST), a nationwide nonprofit organization created in 2008 to spur the revitalization of neighborhoods in the wake of the foreclosure crisis.
Craig began his career in Boston, progressing to Executive Director of the City of Boston, Office of Housing, administering all citywide affordable housing initiatives. Craig subsequently worked at HUD in Washington, DC as National Director of Housing Rehabilitation, managing such housing programs as the Rental Rehabilitation Program, Urban Homesteading, and Community Development Block Grants. Other senior positions held included serving as founder and President/CEO of Community Development Financial Corporation, a nationwide mortgage financing and financial services firm, and as CEO/President of a nationwide housing and community development consultant firm.
Lastly, Craig is an accomplished public speaker and an author. Written publications include the National Homeownership Strategy for the Clinton Administration, Catch the Dream, a multicultural homeownership plan, and Don’t Borrow Trouble, a predatory lending prevention campaign, for Freddie Mac, and numerous papers published in real estate, banking, and federal policy journals.