Leadership

 

Aaron Klusman, Founder/Chairman

Aaron Klusman is a serial entrepreneur and private investor who specializes in retail real estate development and collaborative enterprises that inspire a common good. He is Founder/Owner of Neighborhood Concepts under which he has founded such companies as Zoyo Neighborhood Yogurt and Modern Grove, a neighborhood eatery and market. Most recently, Aaron co-founded Acton Academy Phoenix, a K-8 school focused on helping kids find a calling that will change the world, and a beverage company called Neighborhood Initiatives that invests 50% of profits in local charities. 

Aaron has also created a civic organization of businessmen called Camelback Society, which helps risk takers better incorporate their faith and work.  He serves on the boards of Grand Canyon University’s Colangelo School of Business, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Zoyo Neighborhood Yogurt, Hustle Phoenix, and Escondido Innovations, Inc. 

Andrew Collins, President/CEO

Andrew Collins is an educator and consultant with over a decade of experience in Arizona as a classroom teacher and director of school development.  In this time, Andrew has supported the launch of over 30 schools and numerous school improvement efforts focused on intentional school design and visionary leadership.  Before joining New Learning Ventures, Andrew co-founded New Schools For Phoenix, a subsidiary of the Arizona Charter Schools Association that focuses on developing high performing schools in low-income communities within the urban core of Phoenix.  In that role, Andrew also managed a startup grant program that awarded over $3.5 M in funding for new schools.  

Andrew serves on the board of Empower College Prep, Young Education Professionals, and dedicates time serving families in the Refugee community. 

 

Advisory Council

Steve Wheeler  |  Honor Health

Bret Edson | Marketplace One

Tyler Johnson | Redemption Churches

Jack DeBartolo | DeBartolo Architects

Courtney Klein | SEED Spot

Jeff Trent | TGen

Brian Mueller | Grand Canyon University

Kevin Kemper | Clear Sky Capital