About Us

EdSolutions

Who Are We?

EdSolutions is an education-focused strategy and innovation consulting firm focused on generating social impact through educational markets. We help non-profits, foundations, social enterprises, and investors to focus education innovation and philanthropy on underserved students, increase the diversity of education leadership and scale proven innovations to reach the students who will benefit most from them.

Why focus on markets?

Education is, and always should be a public good.But it is also a market representing over one trillion dollars in annual spending in the United States and billions more in private and philanthropic investment. We believe that understanding these market forces – from procurement to investment, from supply to demand – is essential to achieving lasting impact. Our team is comprised of experienced education professionals from the public, non-profit, and for-profit sectors – with expertise across the P-16 continuum.

Experienced Leadership

Jeff Livingston

Jeff spent more than a decade as a senior executive at McGraw-Hill Education. Most recently, he was Senior Vice President of Education Policy and Strategic Alliances. During Jeff’s time at McGraw-Hill, he variously held general management responsibility for Intervention, Career and Technical Education, Supplemental Publishing, Advanced Placement, Adult Basic Education, Workforce Training, Fine Arts and College Readiness. Before being promoted to lead businesses, Jeff served as Vice President of Marketing for the McGraw-Hill Learning Group. Jeff also previously served as the Vice President of Urban Markets, Database Marketing and Inside Sales. Before joining McGraw-Hill Education in 2004, Jeff was a successful entrepreneur with specialties in instructional technology and marketing to urban school systems. As Co-Founder, of Achieva.com, Jeff helped to build the largest provider of online test prep and college prep for American high schools. Achieva.com was sold to the Kaplan K-12 Learning Solutions, a division of the Washington Post Company, in 2001. Jeff has an BA in Government from Harvard University.

Beth Mejia

Beth has spent 25 years in the education space specializing in the acquisition, development, marketing and deployment of high quality, educational content and courseware. Beth has served in leadership positions in marketing and editorial at Pearson and McGraw- Hill Higher Ed as well as partnership development for Triumph Learning in K-12. Beth has managed large cross-functional teams in both product development and marketing where she consistently met and exceeded revenue goals. As a former Executive Director for Developmental Education and Readiness, Beth Mejia brings a deep personal understanding in the readiness, student success and retention arena. Beth brings both a product and pedagogical perspective to every project. Beth has an MA in Teaching from the University of West Alabama and a BA in English from Bethany College.

Jay Bakhru

Jay is a specialist in marketing and strategy in the education sector and regularly works with both established and start-up education companies. Prior to joining EdSolutions, Jay served as a consultant in Deloitte Consulting’s strategy practice, an SVP of marketing in Citigroup’s consumer group, the CEO of an Ed Tech company, and as the head of K-12 Marketing at Educational Testing Service.Outside of his work at EdSolutions, Jay is active in the education ecosystem, serving as the chair of the Wharton Education Network, a judge for the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education business plan competition, an advisor and investor in several education technology companies, and a contributing writer at EdSurge and Forbes.Jay has a BA from Brown University, an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and an MA in Education Policy from Teachers College at Columbia University.