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Meet Paper’s leadership team

Driven to make our partners successful in giving every student an equal opportunity to excel academically.


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Philip Cutlerlinkedin-logo-square

Co-Founder & CEO

As a former teacher, I saw firsthand the inequity that was present in schools. I became driven by the mission to fix it. I soon realized my gift was that I could get brilliant people excited about that mission too. I’m humbled to grow, nurture, and lead this amazing team dedicated to helping school districts level the playing field for all students and achieve true educational equity.

Why does educational equity matter to you?

I was deeply impacted by seeing how inequity created a learning gap for students that they could never shake. I left the classroom with the mission to democratize education. Today, I am proud of the support we provide—and our journey is just beginning.

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Roberto Ciprianilinkedin-logo-square

Co-Founder & COO/CTO

My passion for technology and ed tech has helped turn Paper’s mission of educational equity into reality, not only by creating a platform that is intuitive to the modern student but also by ensuring exceptional quality of the service. As a leader, I drive our technology, service, and operations functions to come together as an academic support solution that offers every student the opportunity to excel.

Why does educational equity matter to you?

I believe education is the greatest equalizer. And so it has become my mission to help give every student the support they need to learn at their fullest potential.


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Dave Zaragozalinkedin-logo-square

Chief Financial Officer

I lead a team of analytical thinkers tasked with using financial and business data to help us make the right strategic decisions and scale efficiently. Our goal is to build a financially sound partner for our school districts, ensuring our ability to support them for the long term and finding new ways to improve the way we serve them. This mission runs across several functions within finance, including financial planning and analysis, business intelligence, accounting, legal, corporate development, investor relations and procurement.

Why does educational equity matter to you?

Every child deserves access to the support they need to achieve academic success. Enabling a young student to work through obstacles instills in them an important sense of confidence and achievement, building a belief in themselves that unlocks tremendous potential for the rest of their lives.

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Brian Blountlinkedin-logo-square

Sr. VP Technology

My role is to lead a bright and passionate team to identify the best ways to leverage technology and to build a platform that makes education equitable. Having worked in EdTech since 2015 and witnessed the positive impact technology can have on student learning, I am thrilled to be a part of the mission of Paper.

Why does educational equity matter to you?

Education has an enormous impact on an individual's life, and I believe every student, regardless of socioeconomic status, should have access to meaningful, high quality, and personalized educational opportunities.

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Francis Lavazellilinkedin-logo-square

VP Engineering

I lead a group of phenomenal engineers who take pride in delivering reliable, secure software that provides a great experience for every user. My #1 responsibility is ensuring our teams are productive. I do that by stewarding development processes that foster efficiency and collaboration, and by defining & managing a roadmap that delivers overwhelming value to our partners.

Why does educational equity matter to you?

Progress and ingenuity stem from a strong foundation in the ability to learn. Being part of a team which empowers future innovators to succeed in the classroom and beyond gives me confidence that we are playing a critical role in building a better and brighter future for all of us.

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Alyssa Tumanlinkedin-logo-square

VP Customer Experience

Our partners’ success is the driving force behind everything I do—from designing implementation strategies to organizing technical integrations and everything in between. I lead an outstanding team that works hand-in-hand with our partners to understand their needs and help hit their goals.

Why does educational equity matter to you?

Finding untapped potential in students is like discovering magic. When all people have an equal opportunity to succeed, everything is possible. High-quality education lifts up entire communities and empowers people to live the life they want.

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Daniel Tranglinkedin-logo-square

VP Finance

I’m here to ensure Paper efficiently allocates our financial resources, so our entire organization is empowered to deliver maximum value for our partners. I lead my team in developing and executing a financial strategy that supports our business goals, and ultimately our mission to deliver true educational equity.

Why does educational equity matter to you?

Every child should be given the opportunity to build strong foundations and develop skills. It paves the way to the future where they can make decisions and continue to be critical, creative thinkers and doers. Education is the path to building that foundation.

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Jacob Gellerlinkedin-logo-square

VP Sales

I lead a team of passionate, thoughtful, and hardworking individuals on a mission to meaningfully impact school districts and their communities. We welcome new partners by aligning to their unique mission and strategic goals. Our department is “always open” as we strive to earn, maintain, and grow your business—and help set your students up for success.

Why does educational equity matter to you?

There is nothing more valuable than learning how to learn. In its purest form, this experience should be fun, diverse in nature, and available to all. Learning is a renewable resource, not a scarce commodity.

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Joe Humphrieslinkedin-logo-square

VP People

My role is to ensure all candidates and employees have a positive and meaningful experience. I've been in recruitment and people operations at tech companies since 2011, and have witnessed the impact that a group of smart, mission-driven people can have on an entire industry. It's a privilege to be a part of what Paper is doing for education.

Why does educational equity matter to you?

Equity in general matters to me, and that starts at an early age. Everyone learns differently, and the ability to shine shouldn't depend on a family's socioeconomic status. Educational equity truly allows kids to become anything they want to be.

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