Kyle Thornton

Portfolio Manager, Education

Cisco Foundation

Kyle Thornton is a leader within Cisco’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program and the Cisco Foundation responsible for social impact investments with education nonprofit organizations who improve science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and literacy outcomes for students globally. Kyle started his career at Accenture working within financial services while working from the United States and the United Kingdom. Before joining Cisco, Kyle pivoted his career toward education to lead engagements delivering ‘cloud scale’ Internet applications for Publishers, Learning Management providers, and University campus experiences. At Cisco, Kyle led the Technology Strategy and Implementation organization responsible for platform product management and DevOps for the Cisco Networking Academy Program and led CSR Field Operations regionally engaging hundreds of educational partners and thousands of Cisco Networking Academies operating in over 100 countries.


picoCTF: How gamified cybersecurity piques curiosity in STEM

Created by Carnegie Mellon University’s Cylab, picoCTF encourages interest in cybersecurity with a capture the flag game.

How CareerVillage is democratizing access to career information for underrepresented youth

CareerVillage is on a mission to democratize access to career information. Over 6 million people have used the platform so far.

New Teacher Center: A more authentic approach to teacher appreciation

New Teacher Center's Interim Co-CEO & Chief Operating Officer, Arthur Mills IV, shares how education helps create an inclusive future.

onebillion: Using technology to ensure all children reach their full potential in reading and math

onebillion is a Cisco nonprofit grantee that is using technology to ensure marginalized children have access to reading and math resources.

How access to technology in the classroom changed my life

Kyle Thornton, manager of the education investment portfolio for Cisco and the Cisco Foundation, shares how access to technology changed his life and how it continues to influence the work he does today, helping to create an inclusive future for all.

How CommonLit’s Free & Effective Literacy Program powers remote learning throughout America

With over 70 million students in the U.S., from kindergarten to grad school, transitioning to remote learning this year, innovative solutions are essential to keep children from falling behind. One solution is CommonLit.

Non-profit spotlight: How TalkingPoints breaks barriers between teachers and parents

TalkingPoints has been a Cisco Foundation grantee since 2011, thanks to their success using technology to improve student learning outcomes. To learn more about them read on.