Gary Hensley

CEO & Pres
LivingTree

Gary Hensley is currently the CEO and President of Livingtree. Livingtree acquired Edbacker in 2018, a company Gary founded in 2014 to address America’s educational funding gap, creating the first online platform designed to bring parents, corporations and districts together. A serial entrepreneur, Hensley sold his previous company, Intagrade - an early-warning dropout prevention algorithm - to Pearson in 2009, where Hensley also served as the Director of Product Management and Strategic Partnerships until 2013. Prior to his work in the technology space, Hensley worked as both a teacher and Assistant Principal for the Newport Mesa Unified School District in Southern California. Hensley was named DC’s Top Entrepreneur 40 under 40, and was on the cover of Washington Life Magazine’s Top 25 Tech Companies Making A Difference issue, where Edbacker was named Best New Product in the Tech and Learning space. A husband and dad of two, Hensley grew up within a military family and currently resides in Austin TX.



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