DC Executive Director named in Washingtonian’s 40 Under 40

Published by Washingtonian Staff on 4.5.17 | Washingtonian

Katherine Roboff

36, Executive director, Higher Achievement

“Nobody likes middle school,” says Roboff. But, she says, it’s second only to early childhood in terms of brain development. Roboff’s group provides academic enrichment, mentorship, and homework help for more than 550 fifth-through-eighth-graders each year in its afterschool and summer programs. Some 90 percent of them get into a top DC high school, and 95 percent graduate, compared with 69 percent overall for District public students.

Best advice: “The best career advice I’ve ever received came from my mother. She said I’d be happiest doing work that’s ‘equal parts head and heart.’ That’s exactly what I have.”

Read more of Washingtonian’s 2017 40 Under 40 here: bit.ly/2paTSd5