Meet the Team
Something that makes the Institute for Education (IFE) so special is our team and the people behind the scenes; we are very much like a family. At IFE, we like to think that we are polishing a finely made tool with each passing year, giving it more sense of worth and watching it achieve wonders.
Kathleen "Coach" Kemper
Kathy "Coach" Kemper
Founder + CEO
Kathy “Coach” Kemper is CEO and Founder of the Institute for Education (IFE), a Washington D.C.-based nonprofit committed to engaging the global community to harness the power of soft diplomacy, data, and innovation. In 2019, Kemper was recognized, alongside Jeff Bezos, as one of Washington Life Magazine’s “Tech 25”, a prestigious honor reserved for top technology innovators and disruptors. Extolled as “D.C.’s Networker-in-Chief” by U.S. News and World Report, Kemper regularly convenes timely salons, forums, intimate discussions, and invitation-only gatherings that draw senior White House and Congressional leaders, distinguished ambassadors and diplomats, business executives, journalists, and technology innovators for debate and discussion. Past speakers have included Supreme Court Justices, a Vice President, Senators, Ambassadors, Nobel laureates, Cabinet secretaries, US Chief Technology Officers, CEOs, and more. A former professional tennis player, Coach Kemper served as head Women’s Tennis Coach at Georgetown University from 1978 to 1990 and coached Georgetown’s No. 1 player to the NCAA National Women’s Division II title in 1983. Coach has spent more than 40 years coaching tennis for Washington’s power brokers — hitting the courts with Supreme Court Justices, kings, queens, and US Secretaries of State through six administrations at the White House court, Senate court, and Embassy courts. Kemper has received awards and recognition from the Swedish, Chinese, and Japanese governments for her commitment to cross-cultural dialogue. In 2017, Three U.S. CTOs awarded the Challenge Coin to Coach Kemper for her bipartisan leadership in technology. A frequent op-ed writer and columnist, her work has been featured in The Hill, Roll Call, The Globalist, Huffington Post, and USA Today. Follow her on Twitter @Coach_Kemper.
Chief Technology Officer
Kelsey Kemper Valentine
Chief Financial Officer
Kelsey Kemper Valentine serves as IFE’s Chief Financial Officer. She is a Senior Manager at Devoted Health, managing healthcare operations on the Devoted Medical team. She started off her career in operations and business development at a bioinformatics startup, Fabric Genomics, based out of Oakland. Kelsey transitioned to the provider side of healthcare as Regional Operations Director at DaVita, managing dialysis clinics in the Northern Virginia region. She graduated from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management in 2020 and the University of Southern California in 2013.
Chair of the Board of Stewards
IFE STEM intern
Director of Interns and Fellows
Christina Kemper Valentine
Jim Valentine TechBio Fellow 2022 and IFE Tech Bio Program Founder
Omair is a second-year MD/Ph.D. Candidate at Stanford University from New Orleans, LA. He is working in the laboratory of Dr. Irving Weissman, where he is interested in exploring the nexus of immunology and cancer biology, specifically glioblastoma. He previously completed his undergraduate degree in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology and Global Health Studies at Yale University, where he worked in the laboratory of Dr. Richard Flavell. Outside of class and lab, Omair serves on the board of community non-profits, mentors prospective medical students, tutors underprivileged students in math and science, volunteers at free clinics and advocacy groups, and enjoys working out, snowboarding, and traveling. In addition to being an ARTIS Fellow, Omair is honored as the first Jim Valentine Fellow in homage to a great friend and longtime mentor of ARTIS who recently passed after his long courageous fight with cancer. Jim is remembered for his brilliance, larger-than-life personality, and razor-sharp wit. He believed in taking risks, grand visions, and an entrepreneurial spirit while maintaining his sense of humor. As a Valentine Fellow, Omair embodies the technical expertise to drive innovation forward and the clinical focus to translate this research to impact human lives.
Senior Innovation Fellow (CS@SC Coding Camp)
Senior Innovation Fellow (CS@SC Coding Camp)
Maria Nikias Kline develops and manages the execution of digital initiatives and programs for CBS Network Specials. Major tentpoles include the GRAMMY Awards, the Academy of Country Music Awards, The Tony Awards, The Kennedy Center Honors, and more.
Civic Tech Service Program Director, West Coast
James Valentine TechBio Fellow 2023
Jeremiah Sims is an MD-PhD student at the University of Washington, where he studies under the mentorship of David Baker in the Institute for Protein Design. His ongoing work focuses on data-driven deep-learning approaches to improve protein interface design and function towards the goal of de novo protein therapeutics for infectious diseases. Jeremiah’s research focus anticipates a career in the protein-based pharmaceutical space, one that he hopes will be aided by recent technological advances in the laboratory and the clinic. Hailing from Richmond, VA, Jeremiah developed a deep passion for science, medicine, soccer, and music. As an undergrad, he studied Chemistry and began protein drug research in Elsa Yan’s Lab before pursuing a postbaccalaureate position at the NIH, where he developed an assay to probe malaria nutrient uptake. In addition to being an ARTIS Fellow, Jeremiah is honored as this year’s Jim Valentine Fellow in homage to a great friend and longtime mentor of ARTIS who passed away after his long courageous fight with cancer. Jim is remembered for his brilliance, larger-than-life personality, and razor-sharp wit. He believed in taking risks, grand visions, and an entrepreneurial spirit while maintaining his sense of humor. As a Valentine Fellow, Jeremiah embodies the technical expertise to drive innovation forward and the clinical focus to translate this research to impact human lives. A graduate of the University of Virginia, Doug was a member of the student-run advertising agency that won the National Student Advertising Competition in 2016.