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Meet Our Team

The Say Yes management team and staff bring deep and diverse experience to an organization whose work extends across communities. Our leaders have previously held senior positions at the U.S. Department of Education, in school districts and in universities; in city and county government; in the school reform movement; at the Brookings Institution and other research centers, and at The New York Times.

George A. Weiss is the chairman of Say Yes To Education, Inc., a national non-profit foundation committed to opening access to post-secondary education for high poverty youth.

Mary Anne Schmitt-Carey is the CEO of Say Yes to Education and President of The Weiss Institute.

Gene Chasin is the Chief Operating Officer of Say Yes to Education. In this role he leads the foundation’s academic efforts in Hartford, Philadelphia, Harlem, Syracuse, and Buffalo.

Felice Nudelman is Executive Vice President of the Weiss Institute. Launched in April 2017, the Weiss Institute is a partnership between two nonprofit organizations with a combined half century of experience…

Jacques Steinberg is Senior Vice President for Higher Education and Communications at Say Yes to Education, and a former National Education Correspondent at The New York Times.

Noël Harmon is Senior Vice President, Strategic Partnerships, for Say Yes To Education. In this capacity, she plays a central role in the organization’s efforts to forge partnerships and to raise start-up capital.

Angela Romans is Senior Vice President of Programming for Say Yes to Education & the Weiss Institute. Founded in 1987, Say Yes to Education is a nonprofit that partners with…

Koray Gurz is the Controller of Say Yes to Education, Inc. Prior to coming to Say Yes to Education, Koray worked as a senior auditor at Blum Shapiro in West Hartford, CT for over 7 years.

Nadia Del Valle is National Program Director for Say Yes to Education. She also serves as Interim Executive Director of Say Yes Guilford, the chapter of the national nonprofit organization…

Sonja is the Higher Education and Communications Manager at Say Yes to Education National.

Michelle Cooper is the Strategic Partnerships and Development Manager at Say Yes to Education.

Abbey Johnson is the Director of the Office of the CEO for Say Yes to Education.

Fred Frelow is a Weiss Institute Fellow. The Institute is an initiative of Say Yes to Education, in partnership with America’s Promise Alliance, that expands the capacity of communities to…

Dr. Ellen E. Grant is a Weiss Institute Fellow. The Institute is an initiative of Say Yes to Education, in partnership with America’s Promise Alliance, that expands the capacity of…

Denise Nelson is a Weiss Institute Fellow. The Institute is an initiative of Say Yes to Education, in partnership with America’s Promise Alliance, and in her role Denise works with…

Sam Radford is a Weiss Institute Fellow. The Institute is an initiative of Say Yes to Education, in partnership with America’s Promise Alliance, that expands the capacity of communities to…

Contact Us

Are you inspired by the goals and approach of Say Yes? We invite you to reach out to the Say Yes National office or to a Say Yes chapter, to learn more about how you can get involved.