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Henry Wilde

Henry Wilde

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Acelero Learning: Madison, WI

Henry Wilde is the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Acelero Learning, a company explicitly dedicated to closing the achievement gap for young children served in the Head Start program.  Founded in 2001, Acelero provides high quality early childhood education to 4,000 low income children and families and offers training and technical assistance to Head Start programs around the country.  In the past three years, Acelero Learning has trained over 300 Head Start leaders, and its tools are utilized by 65 Head Start programs all over the country, reaching more than 20,000 children.  

Wilde previously served as the Deputy Secretary for the Department of Children and Families for the State of Wisconsin.  In this role, he oversaw massive reforms in the state’s child care subsidy program and led the state takeover of Milwaukee County’s child care operations, as well as the creation of the Milwaukee Early Care Administration.  Wilde also coordinated the creation of YoungStar, Wisconsin’s child care Quality Rating and Improvement System, which has rolled out statewide.

He began his career working as a Special Assistant to Marian Wright Edelman at the Children's Defense Fund, after graduating from Harvard University, magna cum laude.  Wilde earned his MBA from the Harvard Business School, where he focused on social entrepreneurship.  Wilde is originally from Beloit, Wisconsin.