The GSV Advisors team has been involved in over 75 equity and 43 M&A/financial advisory transactions in education and business services, representing in excess of $14.2 billion of transaction activity. And over the past 20 years, our principals have collectively completed 283 transactions totaling over $41.2 billion.

A testament to the types of partnerships we form with our clients, we're most proud of the ongoing relationships with those who rely on us for broad strategic guidance and representation. In fact, we've earned the opportunity to participate in multiple transactions and return engagements with the likes of Franklin Covey, ABS Capital Partners, and Scientific Learning, to name a few

Deborah Quazzo

Founder + Managing Partner

Deborah Quazzo

Deborah is an advisor and small business owner. She is the Founder and Managing Partner of GSV Advisors, which she started in April 2009. GSV Advisors is a broker dealer providing advisory services to the education and business services sectors. Additionally, GSV Advisors co-hosts an annual Education Innovation Summit in Scottsdale, AZ with Arizona State University, the nation's largest public university. This event, now in its fifth year, and attended by over 1,400 people, celebrates innovations and innovators across the education landscape from early childhood to lifelong learning.

Prior to GSV Advisors, Deborah co-founded ThinkEquity Partners an investment bank with offices across the U.S. While at ThinkEquity, Deborah was President and Head of Investment Banking. The firm was acquired in March 2007 and Deborah was a board member of the London-based Panmure Gordon (AIM: PMR) through December 2008. Previously, Deborah was a Managing Director in Investment Banking and head of the Global Growth Group at Merrill Lynch & Co.

Deborah currently serves on the public company board of (NASDAQ: WWWW), a leading provider of internet services and online marketing solutions to small and medium-sized businesses. She is also a member of the boards of Marwen, a visual arts education provider for underserved youth in Chicago and Steppenwolf Theater Company. She is an ex officio board member of The Chicago Public Education Fund. She is also a member of the Lumina Foundation Advisory Network. She was formerly on the Chicago boards of KIPP (Knowledge Is Power Program), New Schools for Chicago, Teach for America, and the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE). From March 2008 to March 2011 she served on the national board of America's Promise Alliance, an organization founded by General Colin Powell and dedicated to ending the U.S. high school dropout crisis. Deborah graduated cum laude with a BA in history from Princeton University in 1982 and an MBA from Harvard University in 1987. She is originally from Jacksonville, FL.

Michael Moe


Michael Moe

Michael is an advisor to GSV Advisors and founder of its sister companies GSV Asset Management and GSV Capital. He also publishes a suite of newsletters on the growth economy, including Edu Weekly which focuses on the education market.

Michael has been a leader in championing innovation in education for over twenty years. In 1996, he wrote The Dawn of the Age of Knowledge which accurately foresaw many of the key developments in the industry including online education, charter schools, and global learning. He then published two subsequent influential white papers, The Book of Knowledge and The Knowledge Web. In addition to serving as co-Chairman of the Arizona State Education Innovation Council with ASU President Michael Crow, Michael is on the Board of Directors for ePals, StormWind, and the Center for Education Reform. He is also on the National Advisory Board for Communities in School as well as Board Observer for Grockit, RSmart, and Kno.

Michael is well known and regarded as one of the world's preeminent authorities on growth investing. His insights are routinely solicited by everyone from CNBC to Barron's to Congress. Recognized as one of the best and brightest investors on Wall Street, his honors include Institutional Investor's "All American" research team, The Wall Street Journal's "Best on the Street" award, and being named by Business Week as "one of the best stock pickers in the country."

He has also written extensively about investing in the emerging growth equity markets. His acclaimed 2006 book Finding the Next Starbucks: How to Identify and Invest in the Hot Stocks of Tomorrow (Penguin Group) details Michael's investment process and philosophy which he's refined over more than two decades in the investment community. A business best-seller, Finding the Next Starbucks has gone through three printings in five languages and been lauded for its insights into investing in premier emerging growth companies.

Prior to starting GSV, Michael co-founded and served as chairman and CEO of ThinkEquity Partners, an asset management and investment banking firm focusing on venture capital, entrepreneurial and emerging growth companies. Before ThinkEquity, he held positions as Head of Global Growth Research at Merrill Lynch and Head of Growth Research and Strategy at Montgomery Securities.

Michael Cohn

Vice President

Michael joined GSV Advisors as Vice President in May 2011 and brings over seven years of investment banking expertise. Over the past three years, Michael has been involved in a wide range of strategic and capital markets transactions, advising a broad cross-section of clients across K-12, Higher Education, and Lifelong/Corporate Training. Michael also oversees the annual ASU+GSV Education Innovation Summit, which brings together over 2,000 of the most impactful education-focused entrepreneurs, investors, business leaders, policymakers and philanthropists. He began his career as an Associate at Deloitte Corporate Finance, advising consumer products clients on both domestic and cross-border financing and strategic alternatives, mergers and acquisitions, and leveraged buyouts. Michael holds an MBA from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management and received a BBA with Honors from the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business.

Courtney Reilly

Vice President

Courtney joined GSV Advisors in March 2014. Prior to joining GSV, Courtney worked as an Associate in the Investment Banking Division of Credit Suisse in Chicago where she focused on a wide range of strategic and capital markets transactions in the Business and Education Services practice. Courtney began her career in the Dallas office of Bain & Company, advising companies on strategic and operational issues across a diverse range of industries, including consumer goods, aerospace and defense, insurance, airlines and chemicals. Subsequently, she worked with economic development advisory firm OTF Group on industrial development policy in Kigali, Rwanda. Courtney holds an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and graduated summa cum laude with honors from Southern Methodist University with a BA in Anthropology and a BBA in Financial Consulting.

Patrick Shelton


Patrick joined GSV Advisors in July 2012. Prior to joining GSV Advisors, Patrick worked as an Analyst in the Investment Banking Division of Credit Suisse in Chicago. While at Credit Suisse, Patrick focused on a variety of transactions across the Education, Industrial, and Service industries. Patrick received a B.S. in Finance and Biology from Indiana University.