Doug Pieterzak


Doug Pietrzak is an educator at heart — a former CPS English teacher focused on equity who combines his passion of tech and education to drive impactful learning experiences and products at scale. He is one of the original members of and EdX and was a major contributor to education at Google. He is the CEO of Freshcognate (, with a robust background in product management, instructional design, and educational leadership, Doug is a recognized thought leader in the field. Through Freshcognate, Doug continues to lead initiatives that redefine educational paradigms, making learning more accessible and impactful globally. For more details on his professional journey, visit his LinkedIn profile: In his free time, Doug is a musician, brewer, bicyclist, climber, poet, and traveler fascinated in other cultures.