Financial and Business Operations Leader Joins Achieving the Dream

New Vice President Brings Finance and Business Planning Expertise to ATD



SILVER SPRING, MD (May 25, 2016) – Dr. Karen A. Stout, President & CEO of Achieving the Dream, Inc., today announced that Mr. F. Andrew Pepito will join Achieving the Dream (ATD) as Vice President for Finance and Operations. 

“Andrew’s extensive experience and success over 20 years in leading financial and business operations for nonprofit organizations makes him a strong addition to our leadership team,” said Dr. Stout. “His leadership will help us build our internal capacity around finance, human resources, information technology, and operations to better support the capacity building work of our colleges.”

“I am excited to be a part of ATD’s leadership team and in its continuing efforts of transforming and realigning its business operations with best-in-class practices,” said Mr. Pepito.

The position is a result of strategic restructuring to provide support for ATD’s new customized solutions for more than 200 colleges in its Network and serve as a strong intermediary for innovation to support new initiatives, such as the Open Educational Resources (OER) Degree Initiative which will lay the groundwork for nationwide adoption of OER Degrees.

His professional experience includes serving as Senior Director of Finance and Information Services for The Bainum Family Foundation, a $500+-million private operating foundation that assists underserved and underprivileged youth achieve quality education and graduate from high school. He has also held leadership positions at the Drug Information Association in Horsham, PA and Washington, D.C., The U.S. Grains Council in Washington, D.C., and Health Net, Inc., in Woodland Hills, CA. Most recently, Mr. Pepito was President and Principal of JMJ Quest Inc., where he led strategic consulting services for start-up businesses and national franchisees in the areas of accounting, finance, marketing, and general operations.

Achieving the Dream (ATD) leads a growing network of more than 277 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 equity 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 44 states and the District of Columbia to reach more than 4 million community college students. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

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