CEO of Say Yes to Education, President of The Weiss Institute

Mary Anne Schmitt-Carey

Mary Anne Schmitt-Carey

Chief Executive Officer, Say Yes to Education & President, The Weiss Institute

Mary Anne Schmitt-Carey is Chief Executive Officer of Say Yes to Education, the national nonprofit that partners with communities around the goal of all public school students not only graduating high school — but doing so prepared to succeed in earning a college degree or other postsecondary credential, and with the wherewithal to afford that education.

In 2017, Schmitt-Carey was also named President of the Weiss Institute, a new nationwide partnership that draws on the lessons learned by Say Yes in the 30 years since its founding – as well as the experiences of an array of other partners – to help communities expand their capacity to support students on the pathway to adult success. The Institute is a unit of Say Yes, and a partnership with America’s Promise Alliance, the nation’s largest network dedicated to improving the lives of children and youth, as well as its research arm, the Center for Promise at Boston University.

Schmitt-Carey joined Say Yes in 2006 as its President.

Schmitt-Carey was previously President and Chief Executive Officer of New American Schools, which merged with American Institutes for Research, helping that nonprofit grow from a pilot to the model for Comprehensive School Reform, a national school improvement program.

During 11 years at New American Schools, Schmitt-Carey also served as Chief Operating Officer, Vice President, and Director of Communications and Public Policy. She was previously Director of the Goals 2000 Community Project at the U.S. Department of Education, where she created and managed a support network for communities seeking to improve education.

In 2012, Schmitt-Carey was appointed to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Education Reform Commission, which was charged with making recommendations for boosting student achievement and for making education spending more efficient in New York State.

She earned her master’s from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and graduated magna cum laude from SUNY Albany with a bachelor’s in political science and English.


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