We are a women (WBE) and minority-owned (MBE) enterprise.
Michelle Cho, Co-Founder and CEO
Michelle Cho is Co-Founder and CEO. She leads partnerships, business development, fundraising, and the content and curriculum team for Gladeo. Michelle spent years volunteering her time conducting career and college planning seminars for schools and community-based non-profits. While she was volunteering, she saw a huge gap between school and career especially for students who lived in low-income neighborhoods or who would be the first in their family to go to college. She started Gladeo to bridge the gap. Michelle started her career at Paramount Pictures. As an award-winning film producer, she has more than a decade of experience in media development and financing. She also served as Director of Operations for a LA-based commercial real estate company.
She has guest lectured on social entrepreneurship at the University of Berkeley's Haas School of Business. Michelle graduated from Stanford University with a degree in Economics. She is a 2019 Aspen Ideas Festival Scholar, a 2018 National League of Cities Local Hero Award recipient, a 2018 Ashoka/American Express Emerging Innovator, and 2017 Award Winner at Social Venture Partner LA’s Social Innovation Fast Pitch. She has been invited to speak at various conferences in the realms of career education and workforce, such as the California Workforce Association's Meeting of the Minds, SXSW EDU, the Texas Community College Association Inspiring Innovation, Educating for Careers, CA Economic Summit, and the California Community College Association for Occupational Education. In her free time, she likes to backpack, hike, sing karaoke, play piano, and do pilates.
Grace Cho, Co-Founder and CPO
Grace Cho is Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer. She leads the product, research, finance, and strategic planning efforts for Gladeo. She is a former Vice President of Finance and Strategy at 20th Century Fox Film Studios. She has over 14 years of experience in business development, strategic planning, and finance in film, TV, interactive, and digital media. She has held various executive positions at 21st Century Fox including the consumer products and interactive division of Twentieth Century Fox, Shine America, and the motion picture deal analysis team at 20th Century Fox Film.
She has guest lectured on film finance at the USC School of Cinematic Arts. She earned a B.A. at Harvard College, where she was a recipient of the Harvard College scholarship, a member of the Women’s JV Volleyball team, Director of the Harvard University Bone Marrow Registry drives, and a minority recruiter for the Harvard University Admissions Office. In her free time, she enjoys backpacking, cooking, interior design, and playing the guitar and piano.
Craig brings more than 25 years of leadership experience in education technology and is currently serving as a board member and advisor for emerging businesses in the space. Previously, Craig has led three different businesses as CEO most recently VisionPoint Marketing, a leading provider of enrollment marketing and analytics solutions. Prior to VisionPoint, Craig served as CEO for iModules, provider of the market leading SAAS platform for colleges and universities to drive alumni engagement and fundraising prior to it becoming part of Anthology. The bulk of Craig’s career was spent over 22 years at Hobsons, serving as CEO over the final nine. Hobsons supported student success by providing education lifecycle solutions to schools and universities. After joining the business in a sales leadership role, Craig grew with the business as it scaled from start up to well-established market leader holding a variety of leadership positions prior to CEO. Craig’s leadership has driven a customer-centric approach and a culture of innovation to drive client and shareholder value.
Craig believes education is the best hope for our world and our future. The driving passion behind his work is ultimately a desire to help foster life-changing connections between institutions and right-fit students. He’s also a visionary who sees beyond siloes, and he’s spent his career helping hundreds of schools revolutionize operations at the intersection of marketing, enrollment, institutional advancement, and technology. Prior to his time in education technology, Craig held a variety of sales management positions at Procter and Gamble. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance and Marketing from Michigan State University.