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Strive for College is a new approach to correcting the inequalities of college access. Strive recruits undergraduate student mentors from local universities to guide low-income high school students through the process of applying to, enrolling in and paying for four-year colleges and universities. We are a national organization with chapters across the country.

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National Advisory Board


Business/Non-profit Management

John Bare Vice President for Sports Philanthropy and Affiliated Funds, Arthur M. Blank Foundation

Tim Brady Former Chief Product Officer, Yahoo!, Former CEO, QuestBridge

W. Hodding Carter III Professor of Leadership and Public Policy, University of North Carolina—Chapel Hill; Former President & CEO, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation; Former Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs, Carter Administration; Print and Television Journalist; Four-time Emmy Award-winner

Bruce Chizen Former CEO of Adobe

Stacey Childress Senior Lecturer, Harvard Business School 

Arnold Donald Chairman, Merisant; Former President and CEO, National Diabetes Foundation

John Embree Director of Student Recruiting, QuestBridge

Nelson González Chief Strategy Officer, Stupski Foundation

Susan Hyatt Community Leader

Paul Jansen Director of the Global Non-Profit Practice, McKinsey & Co.

John Katzman CEO, 2Tor; Founder and former CEO, The Princeton Review

Alex Mendez Managing Director, Storm Ventures

Adam Park Former President, Embark Corp; Former Vice President, The Princeton Review; CIO, Beyond 12

Jerry Porras Professor, Stanford University Graduate School of Business

Young Shin CEO and President, Higher Edge Marketing Services; Former Executive Vice President and General Manager, The Princeton Review

Hank Webber Executive Vice Chancellor, Washington University in St. Louis


Education Experts

Daniel Bennett Administrative Director of the Center for College Affordability

Fritz Edelstein Principal at Public Private Action

Rhonda E. Farber Superintendent, Campbell Union High School District

Ron Haskins Former Senior Advisor to President Bush for Welfare Reform

Robert Hughes CEO, New Visions for Public Schools

Steven Syverud Program Associate, QuestBridge

Russ Whitehurst Former U.S. Assistant Secretary for Educational Research and Improvement

John Williams President, Eastern Division at Jet Flite International

Ben Yurman-Glaser Policy Analyst & Education Advisor, San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed

College Admissions and Guidance

Michael Armijo Senior Assistant Director of Admissions, Washington University in St. Louis

Ivan Hauck College Counselor, St. John's School, Houston, TX

Paige Johnson College Counselor, Henry M. Gunn High School, Palo Alto, CA

Demisha W. Lee Associate Dean of Admission, Amherst College

Santa Ono Sr. Vice President for Academic Affairs & University Provost at University of Cincinnati

Monisha Parakesh Co-founder & CEO,

Linda Wheeler College Counselor, Annandale High School, Annandale, VA

Paul Wrubel, PhD  Co-founder, TuitionCoach; Founder, Paul Wrubel and Associates Admissions Consulting

Karen Zalta President, The Zalta Group, a college counseling firm

Political Experts

Assemblyman Jim Beall California Assemblyman, District 24

Richard Benedetto Former White House Correspondent, USA Today

Tom Downey Chairman of the Downey McGrath Group, Inc.

Vin Weber Managing Partner, Clark & Weinstock , Washington DC