What we believe

Cross institutional and industry collaborations are the key to a sustainable future.

We believe that university and industry collaborations are the key to helping students gain 21st century skills, such as global or intercultural competency, are the key to addressing nationalism and xenophobia and are critical for building a more inclusive and peaceful global society.

Our leadership team includes members with extensive experience working with underrepresented populations and advocating for diversity and equity in higher education and the public and private sectors. 

Our company is deeply committed to making sure that the values and principles of ethics, social responsibility, and sustainability are part of our technology solutions at all stages of development and implementation process.

Our Team

A mixture of interdisciplinary innovators, makers and doers.

Matthew Hightower
Chief Executive Officer
Suzanne Orzech
Head of Partner Experience
Joseph Martin Stevenson
Voluntarily serves as the Founding Provost of the Global Digital Academy, an innovative and equitable learning environment which will be a large part of the research and instructional arm of Class2Class that is seeking non-profit status
Maddie Piffard
Head of Product
Karen Wilson- Stevenson
Professor-in-Residence of Educational Studies
Jim Elwood
Japan-US Liaison
Loye Sekihata Ashton
VP of Partnerships
Noel Didla
Dir. of Cultural Equity and Inclusion
Our Advisors

A growing team of innovators, makers and thinkers.

Dr. Keiko Ikeda
VP of IIGE, Director of Success Osaka, Consultant E-learning MEXT
Jon Rubin
Started SUNY COIL Center, University Consultant for VE
Dr. Darla Deardorff
President of AIEA, Faculty at Duke
Stephen Tschudi
PBLL Expert at University of Hawaii
Dr. Julio Rodriguez
Director of Technology and Innovation Center at University of Hawaii
Dr. David Flint
MGMT Professor at Texas A&M University
Virginia Keehan CFA
Senior Lead S&P Global Market Intelligence
Cole Knuth
VP of International, Pax8
John Wilson
Head of Sales for IOT at Cisco
Mary Lou Forward
Director of the SUNY COIL Center
Tom Mason
Veronica Onorevole
Project Director VE/COIL Initiatives, Senior Global Program Specialist, ACE
“Because we are a benefit corporation, principles matter as much to us as profit.  Working to be better at being human drives us forward.  At Class2Class our passion is to help students overcome fear, isolation, and social distancing through the use of a technological platform, ImmerseU, that enables virtual engagement and meaningful interaction in a digital learning environment."

Where are we?


Mountain View











“I look forward to working with you.”

Loye Ashton, VP of Partnerships
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