Co-Founder and Chairman
Chris Gabrieli is an entrepreneur across the fields of business, education, and public policy. As one of the nation’s leading thinkers in education, he has been at the forefront of the movement to rethink the school calendar.
Following his success as a venture capitalist, Chris co-founded Massachusetts 2020, a non-profit organization with the mission to expand the economic and educational opportunities for children and families across Massachusetts. After leading the state’s first-in-the-nation initiative to expand learning time in public schools, Massachusetts 2020 grew its work to include districts across the country through a partner organization, the National Center on Time & Learning (NCTL). Today, Chris serves as chairman of NCTL, a national think tank, which conducts research, supports public policy, and provides direct support to schools across the nation. The significant and far-reaching work of NCTL centers on how schools can use more learning time to ensure that all students gain the academic skills they need and enjoy the well-rounded education they deserve.
In addition to these ongoing efforts, Chris co-authored a book with Warren Goldstein entitled Time to Learn: How a New School Schedule is Making Smarter Kids, Happier Parents, and Safer Neighborhoods, which was published by Jossey-Bass in 2008, and which serves as a blueprint for policymakers and district leaders as they think about redesigning the school day. Chris is also currently a part-time lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
A committed participant in the civic life of Boston and Massachusetts, Chris continues to serve on numerous civic and university boards. He won the Democratic primary for Lt. Governor in 2002, and he came in second in the Democratic primary for Governor in 2006. Chris and his wife, Hilary, live in Boston, where they are raising their five school-age children.