Director, Office of the CEO

Abbey Johnson

Abbey Johnson

Director, Office of the CEO, Say Yes to Education

Johnson serves as Director, Office of the CEO, for Say Yes to Education.  Johnson began her career with Say Yes during the organization’s exploratory work in Guilford County, NC,  where she assisted in facilitating meetings, serving as a liaison for various task forces and supporting communications with the local community. Upon the announcement of the Say Yes Guilford communitywide chapter, Johnson became office manager of Say Yes Guilford, where she organized information sessions and assisted the executive director in the day-to-day operations of the organization.

In February 2016, Johnson joined the Say Yes to Education national office, where she supports the chief executive officer and president. She also collaborates with the organization’s communications and development teams, and helps facilitate the office’s relationships with the Board of Directors and Advisory Board. Recently, her role has expanded to include work around the development and launch of the Weiss Institute, a new nationwide initiative by Say  Yes, in partnership with America’s Promise Alliance, that seeks to expand the capacity of communities to support young people on the path to adult success.

Johnson  is a graduate of High Point University, where she earned a BA in Nonprofit Administration and Management. She is currently a candidate for a Master’s degree in Nonprofit Administration at the University of Notre Dame.

Leadership Team

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.

Gene Chasin is the President and Chief Operating Officer of Say Yes to Education. He joined the national nonprofit organization in 2008.

Our Team

Eliana Kohrman-Glaser is the Research Director at Say Yes to Education, Inc. During her time at Say Yes, she has held the roles of Research and Programming Associate and Interim…

Sierra is the Scholarship Manager at Say Yes to Education. In addition to overseeing the processing of Say Yes scholarships, Sierra coordinates with local chapter staff on the implementation of…

Marty Bishop Marty Bishop is Director of Business Systems and Applications for Say Yes to Education’s Consulting Services initiative. Say Yes to Education founded its consulting services division in 2017…

Donnie Turlington is the National Communications Director for Say Yes to Education and New Business Director for Say Yes to Education’s Consulting Services initiative. Say Yes is a nonprofit that…

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