About Us

Josh Shapiro

Co-founder & CEO

Josh teaches courses at NYU on creativity, technology, and the future of work. He worked on the digital staff for Andrew Yang’s presidential campaign.

Tinsley Maier

Co-founder & CPO

As a director at eChalk, Tinsley built accessible websites for NYC public schools. She graduated from NYU Gallatin with a focus on education & the future of work.

Dohee Kim

Program Manager

Dohee graduated from NYU Steinhardt with a BA in Education Studies. She specialized in Education Policy and Social Entrepreneurship.

Why we started edgi

Both of us struggled to find our place in high school - Tinsley dropped out of traditional school and earned her degree online and Josh got kicked out of boarding school. We know from personal experience that high school students struggle with feeling like they don’t belong and are frustrated that they aren’t learning anything useful in school.

We have access to the world’s information at our fingertips. The old model of memorization and regurgitation of common core curriculum does not fit this reality. We recognize the limitations of more traditional models of education and understand that students need agency in their learning.

Students are entering a world defined by exponential technological progress and accelerating socio-political change. Our mission is to empower students to grapple with these transformations and to prepare them for an uncertain future.

Josh & Tinsley, edgi co-founders