Throughout his career, Fitz has championed the power of technology to expand and advance learning opportunities in various educational settings and institutions. He joined DaVinci Education in 2016 because he was inspired by the company’s capacity to help healthcare education institutions manage their programs with a robust one-stop-shop solution.
As Chief Product Officer, Fitz is tasked with delivering a product that’s everything it should be for our client partners. From features and functionality, to user-friendliness and aesthetics, to the actual structural design, Fitz continually circles the product to ensure that Leo keeps offering the most valuable all-around solution.
Of course he isn’t doing any of this alone. By speaking with clients one-on-one, Fitz learns first-hand exactly what they’ve come to value in the Leo product, what they still wish they could have, and where they might like to see enhancements. He brings that input back to the developers, designers and decision-makers at DaVinci Education and uses it to advise the team on strategic priorities for the next phase of product growth. This level of engagement has earned Fitz the loyalty and trust of our client partners around the world.
Back when he was teaching high school history in Virginia, Fitz knew he wanted to contribute to educational improvement on a broader scale. He was soon hired by the U.S. Department of Education as a policy & program analyst. While at USED, Fitz managed the department’s largest grant program for secondary school reforms, the Smaller Learning Communities Program, overseeing the awarding and monitoring of several hundred millions of dollars in grants.
After four years as a government employee, Fitz became Director of Professional Development at Renzulli Learning Systems, a University of Connecticut company that develops online learning programs for the gifted and talented. Fitz moved on to become National Implementation Director for CompassLearning and then joined C8 Sciences, a Yale Medical School company. As Vice President of Product Management for C8, he brought to market an online program developed for educators and healthcare professionals who work with children with cognitive disorders.
Fitz and his wife live in Durham and have four children. In addition to chasing after his kids, Fitz stays in shape with a mix of CrossFit workouts and yoga sessions. Years ago, he took up birdwatching with his kids, and it remains a favorite family pastime today.