about us

Our History

Marcelo Claure, founder of the 1Million Project Foundation, read an article in 2015 about America’s homework gap.

The article included this startling fact: 5 million households with school-aged children in the U.S. are unable to do their homework properly because they do not have internet access at home. It also included stories of children going to school two hours early to use their school’s network or sitting outside of fast-food restaurants late at night, just to access Wi-Fi. Reflecting on how internet access had shaped his life, Marcelo believed more could and should be done to ensure every hardworking student has an equal shot at excelling in school.  In October 2016, Marcelo announced the creation of the 1Million Project at a town hall event with President Obama. And, in 2017, the 1Million Project Foundation was formally established as a public charity with 501(c)(3) status whose mission is to help one million students reach their full potential by ensuring they have the devices and connectivity necessary to succeed in school and achieve their goals.

Our founder

Marcelo Claure, founder of the 1Million Project, is President and CEO of Sprint Corporation and a member of the board of directors of SoftBank Group Corp. He joined the company in August 2014 and is leading one of the most significant transformations in U.S. corporate history. 

Marcelo embodies the successful pursuit of the American Dream. He immigrated to the United States from Bolivia and later became a U.S. citizen. In 1994, he started his first business, a small retailer of wireless phones. In 1997, he founded Brightstar as a small, Miami-based wireless distributor that he transformed into the world’s largest global wireless distribution and services company with revenues exceeding $10 billion and a presence in more than 50 countries.

Marcelo is a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum and a member of Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year Hall of Fame. In 2016, the Carnegie Corporation of New York selected him as part of its “Great Immigrants: The Pride of America” initiative.

Education has always been an important cause for Marcelo. More than a decade ago, he and Nicholas Negroponte co-founded One Laptop Per Child, an organization dedicated to providing low-cost laptops to children in impoverished communities. At Sprint, Marcelo created the 1Million Project to help bridge the digital divide and close the homework gap for 1 million U.S. high school students. He believes that every hardworking student deserves access to the devices and internet connectivity they need to pursue their dreams. 

Marcelo is also Chairman of CTIA – The Wireless Association and Treasurer of My Brother’s Keeper Alliance, a nonprofit working to eliminate opportunity gaps for young men of color. 

Marcelo earned a Bachelor of Science in Economics and Finance in 1993 and an honorary Doctorate of Commercial Science from Bentley University in Massachusetts. He is a member of the 2016 Class of Henry Crown Fellows and the Aspen Global Leadership Network at the Aspen Institute. Marcelo is married and has five children.

Marcelo Claure, CEO of Softbank Group International

Marcelo Claure is Chief Executive Officer of SoftBank Group International and Chief Operating Officer of SoftBank Group Corp. Marcelo previously served as President and CEO and then Executive Chairman of Sprint.
You can read Marcelo's full bio here.

Our council

Our District Advisory Council is made up of representatives from districts whose high schools are participating in the 1Million Project.

Together, these representatives serve as our deepest thought-partners, offering insights, guidance and reality checks as we seek to improve and expand our efforts now, and in the coming years.

Derek Root

Chief Technology Officer

Jennifer Wagner

Director of Educational Technology

James Lunsford

Director of Information Technology

Richard Benvenuti


Jose Correa


Ellen Dorr

Chief Technology Officer

Javier Alfonso

Director of Instructional Technology Integration

Kevin Coleman

Executive Director of Technology

Timothy Holt

Executive Director Blended Learning

Cliff Rallins

IT Director

Rhonda Hobbs

Director of Technology

Peter Santos

Information Technology Officer

James Parker

Chief Technology Officer

Erick Steelman

Director of Information Services

Troy Williams

Interim Director, Department of Computer Science

Carla Smith

Interim Director of Technical Support Services

Our Team

Each member of our team is personally and professionally committed to helping students across America achieve their full potential.

We’re honored to do this work, and we consider it a privilege to be in service to others. Most of us are parents, and several of us would have been eligible to receive devices from our respective high schools (had the Internet existed when we were in high school!) Although many of our team members are in Kansas City, approximately half of us live in other parts of the United States.

Doug Michelman


Dan Cox

National School Implementation Manager

Andrea Chambers

School Implementation Lead - Midwest

Christine Powell

School Implementation Lead - South

Jim Wearn

School Implementation Lead - West

Thomas Wiley

School Implementation Lead – Kansas City

Dadriaunna Williams

school implementation lead - atlanta

Sarah Ushay


Jennifer Lewis

Operations Manager

Kirstein Smith

Program Manager

Cindy Pappas

Program Manager

Robinette Postlewait

Communications Manager

Janea Roberts

Community Affairs Manager

Josh Morton

senior advisor

[1] The 1Million Project Foundation is a public charity with 501(c)(3) status. Federal Tax ID 82-2640564. Cash donations to the 1Million Project Foundation are tax deductible.