Achieving the Dream Hires Economic Mobility Advocate and Non-Profit Leader Angela Dorn

SILVER SPRING, MD (June 26, 2017) - Dr. Karen A. Stout, president and CEO of Achieving the Dream, today announced that national non-profit leader Angela Dorn, J.D., will join the organization as Chief Operating Officer at the end of August. Ms. Dorn has been serving as Interim Executive Director of Public Allies New York, which prepares underserved youth for jobs in non-profits, and provides them with pathways for opportunity.

For almost a decade before that, she served as Chief Legal and Operating Officer of Single Stop, USA, a non-profit that has helped over one million low-income households avoid or move out of poverty. The organization operates at locations such as food pantries, charter schools, and community colleges, raising awareness of the availability of public benefits such as Pell grants, the earned income tax credit, health care assistance and nutrition assistance that individuals and families may not know they are eligible for. Single Stop also helps those who are eligible to apply for those benefits.

“ATD counsels its Network colleges to build institutional capacity, and by hiring Angela, we’re taking a big step forward in building our own,” said Dr. Stout. “Her passion for creating economic mobility for students and families and her expertise leading a national non-profit make her a perfect fit for the COO position at Achieving the Dream.”

In her position at Single Stop, she managed a budget of approximately $27 million. She directed long-range planning and developed “big picture” goals. She also built the human resources department and created relationships with national philanthropic organizations such as the Ford Foundation, Robin Hood Foundation, and Kresge Foundation as well as the White House Office of Social Innovation. Ms. Dorn advised on legal matters and assisted in recruiting Single Stop’s Board.

Ms. Dorn said, “What’s so exciting for me is that Achieving the Dream covers so many of areas to help students move forward —financial sustainability, student support, curricula, etc.—ATD helps community colleges provide students with the resources they need to succeed. I’m pleased to be part of ATD’s important work.”

Ms. Dorn moved from a legal career to one motivated by a desire to help those who were struggling economically to honor the memory of her older brother, who had wanted to be an artist and lived with very little financial security. According to a 2016 interview in Time magazine, Ms. Dorn said she felt she had missed a critical opportunity to help him take advantage of benefits the government offered. She works now to help those in need access assistance and opportunity - easily and without shame.

Ms. Dorn said, “I have been privileged in my career to work on behalf of people in need, which has led me to be attuned to the needs of low-income students, students of color, and non-traditional students. My hope is that these students will get the help they need to stay in school, graduate, and ultimately use their education to achieve economic rewards and self-sufficiency.”

Recognized by Essence magazine in August 2015 as a “Woman to Watch,” she contributes to national publications and serves on a number of boards, including the National Board of Public Allies, and serves as a Special Contributions Fund Trustee of the NAACP.

In addition to earning a Doctor of Law from Harvard Law School, she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard College.


Achieving the Dream, Inc. is a national nonprofit that is dedicated to helping more community college students, particularly low-income students and students of color, stay in school and earn a college certificate or degree. Evidence-based, student-centered, and built on the values of equity and excellence, Achieving the Dream is closing achievement gaps and accelerating student success nationwide by: 1) guiding evidence-based institutional improvement, 2) leading policy change, 3) generating knowledge, and 4) engaging the public. Conceived as an initiative in 2004 by Lumina Foundation and seven founding partner organizations, today, Achieving the Dream is leading the most comprehensive non-governmental reform network for student success in higher education history. With over 200 institutions, more than 100 coaches and advisors, and 15 state policy teams - working throughout 35 states and the District of Columbia – the Achieving the Dream National Reform Network helps more than 4 million community college students have a better chance of realizing greater economic opportunity and achieving their dreams.

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