We are college students, high school counselors, and lifelong educators. We believe that every student deserves access to information on how to apply to college and afford it. Learn more about why we started Fair Opportunity Project here.
Carole grew up in the Washington, DC area and now lives in Madison, Wisconsin. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Wesleyan University and a master’s and PhD in Educational Policy Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Carole has led a statewide educational nonprofit, taught undergraduate students, and worked with high school counselors and college admissions directors over the past twenty years. Carole is passionate about the need to increase college access and is excited about the promise that Fair Opportunity Project brings in achieving this goal.
Spencer grew up in Moultrie, GA and wished he had the kind of mentor that is now offered through the Mentor Network. He earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering from MIT, an MA in Engineering from the University of Cambridge, and an MSc in Applied Mathematics from Imperial College London. Spencer is a theoretical neuroscientist at the Sainsbury Wellcome Centre, University College London.
Cole grew up in Miami, Florida and attended a large urban public high school with approximately one counselor for every 900 students. He earned a B.A. in applied mathematics from Harvard College and is a current graduate student at Oxford University. Cole's professional experiences range from analyst roles at Goldman Sachs, the World Bank, and Google. As the son of a high school teacher and grandson of a high school counselor, he was instilled with the importance of education at a young age. Cole wants to extend education opportunities to others through Fair Opp.
Sam grew up in rural western Massachusetts, where he learned about the vast variance in opportunities for public school students in the U.S., and the importance of a few key mentors in opening up worlds of life-luck. He earned a BA in History and Literature from Harvard College and an MA in Political Thought and Intellectual History from the University of Cambridge. Sam is a doctoral candidate in philosophy at the University of Cambridge, and a believer in the power of cycles of mentorship in countering wealth inequality in higher education.
Luke grew up in rural northern Minnesota (Cloquet, represent!). He studied sociology and computer science while at Harvard and now also runs a YC-backed software company. He started Fair Opportunity Project while sick with mono in his parents basement and also created summerplaybook.com, couch surfing for college students, used by students from 400 uni’s in 126 countries. Luke started Fair Opp as he found out about financial aid while in a takeout line and believes affording college shouldn’t come down to circumstance.
Atakan grew up in Konya, Turkey. He moved to the US to study and play American Football at age 13. He earned a BS in Economics, IB, and completed his minor in Politics while studying abroad at the University of Oxford (Christ Church). His professional experiences include international diplomacy and lobbying. He is currently a graduate student at University of Oxford (St. Antony’s) where he contributes to World Bank funded researches in Sudan, Sierra Leone and Nigeria by applying scientific methods to increase student outcomes & economic growth. Atakan is ambitious to provide the best educational opportunities to Turkish students.
Richard Barth (CEO, KIPP Foundation)
Michael Brown (CEO, City Year)
Marquitta Speller (Executive Director for Secondary and Collegiate Programs, The Harlem Children's Zone)
Stephanie Khurana (Managing Director, Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation)
Katherine K. Merseth (Founder, Harvard Teacher Fellows)
Ruth Rathblott (CEO, Harlem Education Activities Fund)
Elissa Salas (CEO, College Track)
Thomas Willis (CEO, Cornerstone Charter Schools)
Sugeni Perez-Sadler (Senior Director, College and Career Planning at NYC Department of Education)