Senior Vice President, Higher Education and Communications

Jacques Steinberg

Jacques Steinberg

Senior Vice President, Higher Education and Communications

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

Among Jacques’ responsibilities at Say Yes are to build and curate a network of private college and university partners (more than 100, and counting) that offer scholarships up to the value of full tuition to eligible Say Yes Scholars. He also leads Say Yes’ strategic communications.

Say Yes is a national nonprofit that partners with communities to help them make a college or other postsecondary scholarship available to every public high school graduate. Say Yes also works with communities to help them create a pathway of milestones toward postsecondary readiness, beginning before kindergarten, as well as to offer families academic, social-emotional and health-and-wellness supports.

In 2017, Say Yes launched its fee-for-service consulting services division to help communities expand their capacity to support young people along the developmental pathway from early childhood to adult success

Jacques is the author of “The Gatekeepers: Inside the Admissions Process of a Premier College,” a New York Times best-seller that was first published by Viking-Penguin in September 2002. The book was reissued by Penguin with a new Afterword in September 2012.

Before joining Say Yes in 2013, Jacques was a journalist at The Times for nearly 25 years, most recently as its Senior Editor for Education Initiatives. At The Times, he edited The Choice, the Times’ college admissions and financial aid blog, which he created for the paper in spring 2009. He also conceived and led the programming for the first-ever New York Times College Life Fair, staged in Chicago in May 2012, which attracted more than 6,000 students.

That same year he led conferences on American college admissions in New Delhi, Shanghai, Taipei, Hong Kong and Singapore for The Times global edition. He continues to speak on college admissions to parent groups and at conferences of college counselors.

Jacques received the Fred M. Hechinger Grand Prize for Education Reporting from the Education Writers Association in 1998 for a year-long series reported from inside a New York City third grade classroom. He received a Bachelor’s Degree from Dartmouth College, where he majored in history.


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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