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.


January 24, 2024


International Day of Education 2024: Spotlight on Cisco’s Education Non-Profit Partnerships

5 min read

On International Day of Education, Cisco is proud to spotlight its non-profit partnerships with Code.org, Darsel, Raspberry Pi Foundation, and Science Buddies, in honor of the incredible work these organizations are doing to advance education opportunities globally.

picoCTF: How gamified cybersecurity piques curiosity in STEM

5 min read

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

How access to technology in the classroom changed my life

4 min read

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

4 min read

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.

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