Achieving the Dream Names Julie Englund Executive Vice President

Silver Spring, MD (May 9, 2013) – Achieving the Dream today announced the appointment of Julie Englund as the national nonprofit’s Executive Vice President. This newly-created position will ensure that Achieving the Dream continues to be a strong, sustainable nonprofit leading the nation’s most comprehensive reform network for community college student success.

As Executive Vice President, Englund will be responsible for the strategic, operational, and communications functions of Achieving the Dream, leading the staff with a continued commitment to increase community college student success rates, especially for low-income students and students of color. She will also serve as Secretary to the Board of Directors.

“We are pleased to welcome Julie to the executive team,” said Achieving the Dream President and CEO William Trueheart. “Julie’s extensive leadership background in higher education and nonprofits will be invaluable as she helps lead our increasingly complex national reform network.”

“I am delighted to serve as Achieving the Dream’s Executive Vice President,” said Englund. “It is an honor to be a part of an organization that already has accomplished so much in the national efforts to close achievement gaps and increase community college student success rates. I look forward to bringing my experience to help guide this critical work.”

Prior to joining Achieving the Dream, Englund advised senior leadership and boards of nonprofit and higher education institutions on a broad range of strategic, operational, financial, and governance issues. Previously, she served as Chief Financial Officer of the National Academy of Sciences, Treasurer and Vice President for Finance and Administration at The Catholic University of America, Dean for Administration at Harvard Law School, and Treasurer and Vice President for Finance and Administration at The Brookings Institution.

Englund is a graduate of Briarcliff College, where she earned an Associate’s and Bachelor’s Degree, magna cum laude.  She holds a Masters of City Planning degree (MCP) and a Doctorate in Education (Ed.D.) from Harvard University. She serves on a number of boards, including the Board of Trustees of Wilson College, the Board of the Humane Society University, and the Dean’s Leadership Council of the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Achieving the Dream, Inc.
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 nearly 200 colleges, more than 100 coaches and advisors, and 15 state policy teams - working throughout 32 states and the District of Columbia – the Achieving the Dream National Reform Network helps 3.75 million community college students have a better chance of realizing greater economic opportunity and achieving their dreams.




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Achieving the Dream (ATD) leads a growing network of more than 220 community colleges committed to helping their students, particularly low-income students and students of color, achieve their goals for academic success, personal growth, and economic opportunity. ATD is making progress in closing academic achievement gaps and accelerating student success through a unique change process that builds each college’s institutional capacities in seven essential areas. ATD, along with nearly 75 experienced coaches and advisors, works closely with Network colleges in 41 states and the District of Columbia to reach more than 4 million community college students.

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