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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 an initiative of Say Yes that helps communities expand their capacity to support…

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.

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 a Weiss Institute Fellow. Del Valle previously served as Senior Director of Operations and Programs for Say Yes’ chapter in Buffalo, NY. Her responsibilities in that…

Donnie Turlington is the National Communications Director for Say Yes to Education and its Weiss Institute initiative. Say Yes is a nonprofit that partners with communities around the goal of…

Marty Bishop Marty Bishop is Director of Business Systems and Applications for the Weiss Institute. The Institute was founded in 2017 by the pioneering nonprofit organization Say Yes to Education…

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 that helps expand the capacity of communities to support young people…

Denise Nelson is a Weiss Institute Fellow. The Institute is an initiative of Say Yes to Education that helps expand the capacity of communities to support young people along the developmental…

Sam Radford is a Weiss Institute Fellow. The Institute is an initiative of Say Yes to Education that helps expand the capacity of communities to support young people along the…

Aisha Miller Weiss Institute Fellow Aisha Miller is a Weiss Institute Fellow. The Institute was founded in 2017 by the pioneering nonprofit organization Say Yes to Education to help communities…

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.