Tony is a private equity investor in education and technology. He was previously Chief Operating Officer and Senior Partner of The Vistria Group, a Chicago-based private equity firm that he co-founded.
Before launching The Vistria Group, Tony was the Deputy Secretary and Chief Operating Officer at the U.S. Department of Education where he managed day-to-day operations, oversaw ~$100 billion in one-time education program funding as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, and led education and workforce development missions to China, Korea, Japan, Singapore, Indonesia, Australia, New Zealand, Ecuador, Brazil and Russia.
Prior to his Presidential Appointment, Tony was a Director with Silver Lake, a global leader in technology investing. Before Silver Lake, Tony was a senior executive at LRN, a leader in governance, risk, ethics and compliance software and eLearning services, and before that, a Partner with McKinsey & Company.
Born in Philadelphia, Tony grew up in Peoria, Illinois. He received his undergraduate degree from Purdue University and M.B.A. from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business where he completed his studies at Stanford’s Japan Center for Technology and Innovation. He serves on the Boards of the ACT, the nonprofit organization that produces the ACT test, the Hope Street Group, a national nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to expanding economic opportunity and prosperity for all Americans, and Chicago’s Academy of Urban School Leadership. Tony and his wife Carole split their time between Chicago and Los Angeles.