Leadership Team

Rich Preece

Rich Preece

Chief Executive Officer

As GoGuardian’s CEO, Rich brings a wealth of experience driving a balance of innovation and scale with a focus on operational structure. With prior success driving both consumer and B2B platforms across private and public companies, he joined GoGuardian to drive the next chapter of growth and because of his belief in the mission. Prior to joining GoGuardian, Rich served for 4+ years as the Chief Operating Officer at LegalZoom, taking the company public in 2022. Prior to that, Rich served in a variety of leadership positions at Intuit, most recently leading the US QuickBooks franchise in the role of US General manager. Rich holds a B.S. in Marketing from Bournemouth University in the United Kingdom.

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Advait Shinde

Co-Founder & Executive Chairman of the Board

Advait co-founded GoGuardian to provide K-12 schools with new technologies that enable students to engage in a better learning experience. His dedication to helping unlock student potential in education is made clear through his mission of using the internet in an open but safe way.

Based on his accomplishments in education and technology, Advait was selected for the Forbes 30 Under 30 list for Education in 2016, a finalist for Los Angeles Business Journal's CTO of the Year in 2017, a finalist for Ernst & Young's prestigious Entrepreneur of the Year Award for Greater Los Angeles in 2018, and a finalist for Los Angeles Business Journal’s 20 in Their 20s in 2019.

Before co-founding GoGuardian, Advait worked as an engineer at Google, combining innovation with the power of scale and helping to launch key products, such as Google Pay (formerly Google Wallet). Advait holds a B.S. in Computer Science from UCLA.

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Tyler Shaddix

Chief Innovation Officer

Tyler led GoGuardian’s product strategy from 2015-2021, overseeing the conception and development of GoGuardian Teacher and AI-powered Smart Alerts, along with envisioning and leading the development of the breakthrough suicide prevention tool, Beacon. His contributions have fueled GoGuardian’s growth and affirmed the company’s products as the industry’s gold standard, earning multiple industry awards and endorsements.

With a decade of software development experience, Tyler founded two SaaS analytics companies prior to joining GoGuardian. He is an acclaimed thought leader, open-source contributor, and public speaker on topics such as UX, high-growth product development, education technology, and design thinking.

Tyler holds a B.S. in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of California, Merced.

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Elizabeth Dadanian

Chief People Officer

Liz leads GoGuardian’s PeopleOps in support of the philosophy that people are why the business succeeds. GoGuardian is just at the beginning of writing its amazing story, and Liz is cultivating an intentional culture as the bedrock of even further growth, scale, and innovation. Through more than 25 years of experience leading teams in Fortune 50, start-up, and consulting environments, she has developed the understanding that it isn’t just what people do, but why and how they do it that matters. Liz also oversees talent management, development, recruiting, diversity and inclusion, HR service delivery, and facilities.

A CPA with a B.S. in Accounting from the University of Southern California, Liz founded a leadership consulting company and has held numerous leadership roles at PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Toyota Motors Sales, and ZestFinance.

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Ichiro Osumi

Chief Financial Officer

Ichiro brings over 20 years of finance and strategic leadership experience with roles across the software and private equity industries. As Chief Financial Officer, he leads GoGuardian’s finance, accounting, legal, and corporate strategy teams and is responsible for driving profitable growth for the company.

Prior to joining GoGuardian, Osumi held senior roles at Autodesk, Littlejohn & Co., Aurora Capital Group, and Bear Stearns & Co. Most recently, he served as Vice President of Finance at Wind River Systems, Inc. He received a BA in Economics and Political Science from Stanford University and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

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Dionna Smith

Chief Diversity and Public Affairs Officer

Dionna is GoGuardian’s first Chief Diversity and Public Affairs Officer, bringing more than 15 years of experience in diversity, equity, and inclusion leadership, inclusive product design, and multicultural marketing. She creates and executes strategies to build inclusive and diverse teams that will guide the creation of inclusive products, and work towards a future where all learners are ready and inspired to solve the world’s greatest challenges.

Among her career honors and accolades, Smith was selected for Atlanta Business Chronicle’s 2015 40 Under 40 Awards, and she received the National Diversity Council’s Diversity Champion award and the Mogul’s 2021 Top DEI Leaders Award. She is on the advisory board at Power To Fly, an organization which upskills and connects underrepresented talent to roles in highly visible sectors.

Dionna attended Howard University and has a BA in Media Arts from Tulane University. Prior to joining GoGuardian she led DEI at Thumbtack and held DEI, multicultural marketing & HR leadership roles at Delta Airlines, LexisNexis, Fiserv, and Cisco.

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Sharad Gupta

Chief Product Officer

Sharad heads GoGuardian’s product management, engineering, design, user experience, and business insights teams to drive growth and innovation. His organization works to advance GoGuardian’s mission-driven work of building innovative, accessible, and safe technologies that help all learners to be ready and inspired to solve the world’s greatest challenges.

Before joining GoGuardian, Sharad served in various leadership roles over 10 years at Amazon, including head of worldwide deals & promotions and global private label pricing. Most recently, he led a global team of product managers, engineers, and machine learning (ML) scientists to enable e-commerce marketplace growth through innovation. He has built multi-billion dollar businesses through customer-centric teams that operate at scale.

Sharad holds his B.A. and Master’s from Delhi University in addition to an MBA focused on Corporate Strategy from the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business.

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Luke Harris

Chief Revenue Officer

Luke joined GoGuardian in 2016 and most recently served as Vice President and General Manager of TutorMe (now Pear Deck Tutor). As Chief Revenue Officer, he is responsible for the company’s Sales, Customer Success, and Customer Support teams, in addition to helping shape long-term strategies for scale.

Among Harris’s previous roles at GoGuardian, he led Strategy Operations, Customer Support, and Strategic Revenue Initiatives, and he built the implementation and business development teams. In a previous sales leadership role, he achieved the largest year-over-year revenue growth in the company’s history.

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Jamie Ehrhart

Vice President, Head of Marketing

As the Head of Marketing at GoGuardian, Jamie leads all functions of the department, including: revenue, customer, product, content, creative, web, and marketing operations teams. She joined GoGuardian in 2022 with a commitment to our mission to combine the best in learning science and technology to drive positive learning outcomes for all students.

Jamie leverages over 2 decades of marketing experience translating customer insights into creative solutions from innovative global brands like Intel, Slack, and MGM Studios. She earned a B.A. in Print Journalism from Penn State University, where she also competed on the swim team, and continued graduate studies in Strategic Communications at the University of Minnesota.

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Bruce Fan

Vice President, Technology

Bruce Fan leads GoGuardian’s Technology organization for infrastructure, security, DevOps/SRE, Data & AI, QA, PMO, and IT. Under his leadership, his teams work to drive sustainable growth and innovation through the adoption of state-of-the-art technologies and consistent engineering practices across the company. The Technology organization collaborates closely with all departments to solve technology challenges, improve productivity, and enhance the technology and security maturity level to support GoGuardian’s mission to deliver solutions that support all learners.

Prior to joining GoGuardian, Bruce served in various tech leadership positions over 15 years, including roles at Motorola and Google focused on building and delivering customer-facing products, as well as building and scaling technology infrastructures and processes across diverse domains such as mobile, payments, search, and ads.

Bruce holds a PhD in Computer Science from Arizona State University and brings a wealth of technical expertise and leadership experience to GoGuardian. He is passionate about building innovative and scalable technology solutions that empower teams and drive business growth.

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