About the Center for Digital Education

The Center for Digital Education is a national research and advisory institute specializing in K-12 and higher education technology trends, policy and funding. The Center provides education and industry leaders with decision support and actionable insight to help effectively incorporate new technologies.  

The Center is a division of e.Republic, the nation’s only media and research company focused exclusively on state and local government and education.

Mission and Vision

Our mission is to nurture a community of thought leaders who are rethinking education with technology as the catalyst. Our vision is to make education relevant and accessible for students worldwide.

What We Do for Education Leaders  

Our events help education leaders connect and collaborate as they seek to move learning forward. Our research gives technology companies and educators the information they need to solve problems so they can improve the K-20 education experience.

Our editorial coverage keeps education leaders up to speed on the latest trends, policies and issues. Our publications help education administrators understand how to increase student learning through effective technology use. Our awards recognize schools and community colleges that are making exceptional gains in transforming education and improving learning with effective technology use.  

Where to Find Us 

You'll find us at national education technology conferences, on social media and in our office in Folsom, Calif.   

Center for Digital Education 

100 Blue Ravine Rd. 

Folsom, CA 95630 


Twitter: @centerdigitaled

Facebook: @centerdigitaled

The CDE Team


Kecia Ray, EdD, Executive Director

Email: kray@centerdigitaled.com

Twitter: @keciaray  

LinkedIn: @drkray

Kecia leads the center's efforts to bring together thought leaders in education. She is also an adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins University and lives in the Greater Nashville area with her husband Dr. Clark Ray and their son Wes. Read Kecia's full bio.

Susan Gentz, Deputy Executive Director


Twitter: @shoing

LinkedIn: @sgentz

Susan is passionate about transforming education for every student and works on content for the center. She loves policy, running and biking, and is a proud Iowa native.

Marisol Valles, National Events Director

Email: mvalles@centerdigitaled.com

Twitter: @cdeevents

LinkedIn: @marisolvalles


Rhiannon Gainor, Director of Research

Email: rgainor@centerdigitaled.com

LinkedIn: @rhiannongainor

Rhiannon, who loves libraries, oversees our team of researchers and analysts.

Janet Grenslitt, Director of Surveys and Awards

Email: jgrenslitt@centerdigitaled.com

LinkedIn: @janetgrenslitt

Janet manages our national surveys and competitions. In her free time, she helps guide her husband's slight obsession with cooking shows toward nutritious eating, and looks for "healthy" restaurants while traveling. 

Jeana Bruce Bigham, Managing Editor, Custom Media Department

Email: jbigham@centerdigitaled.com 

LinkedIn: @jeanabrucebigham

Jeana has written, edited and conceptualized content focused on technology in education for the last eight years and is particularly passionate about simple, innovative technologies that help transform education. When she’s not working, Jeana’s favorite thing to do is spend time outside with her son, husband and their two rambunctious dogs. She also enjoys cooking and is slightly obsessed with 24-hour cable news.