Ned grew up in Salt Lake City and attended college at The American University of Paris, where he majored in comparative literature and creative writing. In France, he became a wine aficionado, particularly of those vintages priced below four euros per bottle. As a 2005 Teach For America corps member in New York City, he taught English to a fantastic group of eighth-graders in the South Bronx, and subsequently joined the TFA staff as a manager of teacher leadership development in New York. He went on to serve as a managing director for Teach For America - Chicago, where he led the elementary and humanities team. Now in San Francisco, Ned worked for several years on Teach For America's national team evolving "Teaching As Leadership," the organization's central pedagogical and teacher evaluation framework, before joining Derrell Bradford at NYCAN. Ned currently serves as deputy director on the Corps Knowledge project.