Great businesses have great people. That’s why we focus on building a world-class team at Beacon.

The Beacon Fellowship is operated by Riverbed Education LLC, an organization with the sole mission of expanding international education through study abroad programs. Our team is comprised of former consultants, partners and academics from the world's leading firms and institutions.

London School of Economics

Antonio Gonzalez

Operations Director - Washington, D.C.

Antonio has extensive international and operations experience. Born and raised in Spain, Antonio attended university at the London School of Economics before working for multiple years in management at companies in Asia and India. After working for several years in study-abroad operations at Atlantis Global, he now leads operations for The Beacon Fellowship.


Kristen Yealy

Admissions Director - Washington, D.C.

Kristen received a Masters in Counseling from Penn and has worked as a Director of Admissions for multiple organizations and two MBA programs, which included time consulting on best ways to help a student smoothly transition from admissions to post-enrollment. During undergrad, she traveled abroad to France, Italy, and Vietnam.

McKinsey, BCG, Stanford

J.P. Toste

Senior Chairman

J.P. attended UNC-Chapel Hill before joining McKinsey and BCG. He holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Originally from the Azores Islands in Portugal, J.P. co-founded The Beacon Fellowship and has been involved in different capacities with study abroad programs for almost a decade.

Bain, Accenture, LEK

Paul Matthews

Senior Advisor

Paul is a Retired Operations Executive and Chief Supply Chain Officer. Over the course of his 40 year career, he has held roles at Bain, Accenture, Limited Brands and LEK. Most recently, he served as Executive Vice President and Chief Supply Chain Officer for Topco Associates LLC, a $15 billion, privately held food cooperative. Paul has primarily focused on developing, executing and leading operations, manufacturing, and supply chain strategies around the world for Fortune 100 companies.