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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 President of Say Yes to Education.

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.

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.

Dr. Grant is the Senior Vice President for Chapter Programming at Say Yes to Education’s National organization.

Erin Corbett is the Director of Internal Data for Say Yes to Education.

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.

Becca Bass is Say Yes to Education’s National Project Manager.

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

Michelle Cooper is the Database Specialist at Say Yes to Education.

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.