Co-Founder & CEO, ClassMonkeys
With over 15 years of experience spanning the education and digital media space, Kiernan has a passion for start-up and early stage environments. While working for The Washington Post Company, he helped launch the Kaplan-Simon & Schuster publishing business and served as the Managing Editor for the Newsweek-Kaplan imprint. He later led Kaplan’s launch of the first nation-wide in-home tutoring company, spearheading its growth from 4 to 26 major US markets. Putting his for-profit background to work for mission-based organizations, Kiernan would go on to lead business development and product at GreatSchools.net, the leading provider of consumer-friendly K-12 school data. His efforts would create multi-million dollar earned income streams from licensing and advertising businesses. Most recently, he served as Chief Development Officer at Common Sense Media, where parents turn to make good decisions for their kids about media and technology. During his tenure there, he built the organization’s first online product team, managed all revenue operations and oversaw the development and implementation of a distribution network reaching into over 100 million households via licensing partnerships with leading companies including Comcast, DIRECTV, Time Warner Cable, Verizon, AOL, Yahoo!, Netflix and others. He is Co-Founder and CEO of ClassMonkeys, a free online guide that connects local class providers and potential students of all ages.
Kiernan holds a BA from the College of the Holy Cross and an MA in history from Boston University.