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MIND Research Institute Announces New Chief Financial Officer

Irvine, Calif., April 5, 2018 Education nonprofit MIND Research Institute has announced the addition of Josephine (Jo) Garrett as Chief Financial Officer. Garrett will oversee the organization’s finance, accounting, human resources and legal activities. She will lead all financial operations as MIND expands its award-winning programs and services to more students and educators.

“I am extremely pleased to welcome Jo to our team where she will certainly make an immediate impact as we continue to grow and scale ST Math,” said Brett Woudenberg, MIND Research Institute Chief Executive Officer. “Her varied industry experience and impressive financial acumen will be a tremendous asset. I am confident her contributions are going to play a major role in shaping a bright future for MIND.”

Garrett most recently held contract CFO/Chief Operating Officer roles as an independent consultant in the media and entertainment industry. She was also CEO, COO and CFO for various businesses including, an e-commerce merchandise company specializing in online video, and Bandmerch, a licensing and merchandising company for musical artists. Garrett spent eight years in London working in the media services industry throughout Europe.  In addition to co-owning an established Orange County franchise, Garrett has extensive experience in the digital media, entertainment, licensing and merchandising, wholesale distribution, and e-commerce industries.

“I am thrilled to be joining the team at MIND, an organization that I believe is changing education across the nation. Building on the proven efficacy of ST Math, MIND is uniquely positioned as a leader in the edtech space from both the neuroscience and social impact perspective,” stated Garrett. “As the mother of two young daughters, I can see first-hand how MIND is changing the way children learn. The organization's mission resonates with me on a deeply personal level and I am honored to have the opportunity to contribute in my own way."

Garrett holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a Bachelors in Government from Harvard University. She has also devoted much of her personal time to tutoring and mentoring elementary school students, and has served on Los Angeles Works’ “Let’s Read” program within the Mar Vista housing project.

About MIND Research Institute

MIND Research Institute is a neuroscience and education social impact organization, dedicated to ensuring that all students are mathematically equipped to solve the world’s most challenging problems. MIND is the creator of ST Math®, a visual instructional program that builds deep conceptual understanding of math through rigorous and creative problem solving to engage, motivate, and challenge Pre-K-8 students toward higher achievement. ST Math incorporates the latest in learning and the brain, promoting mastery-based learning and mathematical understanding. Longitudinal and broad-based studies across diverse population groups continue to demonstrate ST Math’s efficacy in building life-long learners prepared for success in STEM fields. ST Math currently reaches more than 1.2 million students and 53,000 teachers at 3,900 schools in 47 states. For more information, visit

For more information contact:
Kelsey Skaggs
MIND Research Institute 

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