Stride, Inc.—a leading provider of innovative, high-quality, and tech-enabled education solutions—named Donna Blackman as its new Chief Financial Officer. Ms. Blackman has served as Stride’s Chief Accounting Officer and Treasurer for the past two years. She will replace outgoing CFO Timothy Medina, who is retiring. Mr. Medina will remain as a consultant to Stride while Ms. Blackman transitions into her new role.
With more than two decades of experience in finance and operations, Ms. Blackman brings a wide breadth of expertise in accounting and strategic planning to the CFO role. Prior to joining Stride in 2020, Ms. Blackman served as the Senior Vice President of Business Operations at BET Networks, a subsidiary of Viacom. In this position, she oversaw an organization responsible for finance, strategy, research, live events, security, facilities, and operations. During her tenure at BET, Ms. Blackman also held roles as Senior Vice President and Head of Finance, Senior Vice President Financial Planning and Analysis, and Senior Vice President Finance and Controller.
“As we continue to provide the best digital learning products and services for learners of all ages, I am honored to begin this new journey and help lead Stride into the next stage of growth,” Ms. Blackman said.
“Having worked closely with Donna over the past two years, I am confident that no one is more prepared for this opportunity,” said James Rhyu, Stride’s Chief Executive Officer. “Under her leadership, we will continue to expand our core business and drive growth in our career learning programs and services—now and in the future.”
Among many accomplishments during his tenure, Mr. Medina has been integral in Stride’s efforts to lead the future of innovation in education—particularly in the career learning space, including the acquisitions of MedCerts and Tech Elevator, as well as leading the implementation of Stride’s environmental, social, and governance reporting.