Our Mission

We’re closing the opportunity gap during
the critical middle school years.

By leveraging the power of communities, Higher Achievement’s proven model provides a rigorous year-round learning environment, caring role models, and a culture of high expectations, resulting in college-bound scholars with the character, confidence, and skills to succeed.

By 2030, all students in Higher Achievement cities will graduate from high school, ready for college.

Our History

 

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There is no doubt that Higher Achievement is the most effective after school and summer program in the country.

Dr. Leigh Linden

Leadership

 

Lynsey Wood Jeffries
CEO

Traci Callender
BALTIMORE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Tyren Frazier
RICHMOND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Raj Kapur
CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

Mike Di Marco
CHIEF OF PROGRAMS

Wendy Etheridge Smith, Ph.D
PITTSBURGH EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Jennifer Niyangoda
CHIEF DEVELOPMENT OFFICER

Jackie Ross
DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS

Allison Schafer
DIRECTOR OF HUMAN CAPITAL

Jessica Walbridge Richardson
COO & INTERIM DC METRO EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

National Team             Baltimore Team             DC Metro Team           Pittsburgh Team            Richmond Team

Board of Directors

John Boochever – Secretary
Oliver Wyman

Mark DeBord

Douglas Donatelli

Rick England
Madison Wealth Management

Swata Gandhi
DAP Products, Inc.

Lamont Gordon
The Posse Foundation

Julie Herwig
New York Life

Chris Leech – Vice Chair & Treasurer
McKinsey & Company

Willie McKinney
Altria

Shane Santo Mulhern
Education Consultant

Sherry Rhodes

Mitchell Schear – Chair
JBG SMITH

Raj Sharma
Censeo

Tariq West

Supporters

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Our Supporters