Kerry Nagle

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Location: Baltimore, MD
Founded: 2008
Industry: Technology

Kerry Nagle


Kerry Nagle joined the StraighterLine team as COO to run the company’s daily operations. Her task was taking the company from startup to high growth and building a strong team to execute StraighterLine’s vision within higher education. During Nagle’s tenure, the company has doubled its year-over-year growth rate and built a strong team.

Fun Fact: Before joining StraighterLine, Nagle worked for Millennial Media, overseeing international corporate expansion after the firm went public.

Nagle oversees almost all teams in the company, including technology, strategic partnerships, product, data and analytics, creative, marketing, recruiting, enrollment and student support. Her role is critical for the teams’ culture and camaraderie. “Without a team, without team alignment and without team efficiency, you cannot execute … company goals,” says Nagle.

Burck Smith, CEO and founder of StraighterLine, says Nagle has streamlined internal operations, injected new energy into the company’s culture and strongly influenced its business strategy.  “By bringing Kerry aboard, I was able to turn my attention from day-to-day operations to business development and external branding. Like Baltimore’s best entrepreneurs, not only is she terrific at her job, she’s also committed to the city,” he says.