Financial and Business Operations Leader Joins Achieving the Dream

New Vice President Brings Finance and Business Planning Expertise to ATD



SILVER SPRING, MD (May 25, 2016) – Dr. Karen A. Stout, President & CEO of Achieving the Dream, Inc., today announced that Mr. F. Andrew Pepito will join Achieving the Dream (ATD) as Vice President for Finance and Operations. 

“Andrew’s extensive experience and success over 20 years in leading financial and business operations for nonprofit organizations makes him a strong addition to our leadership team,” said Dr. Stout. “His leadership will help us build our internal capacity around finance, human resources, information technology, and operations to better support the capacity building work of our colleges.”

“I am excited to be a part of ATD’s leadership team and in its continuing efforts of transforming and realigning its business operations with best-in-class practices,” said Mr. Pepito.

The position is a result of strategic restructuring to provide support for ATD’s new customized solutions for more than 200 colleges in its Network and serve as a strong intermediary for innovation to support new initiatives, such as the Open Educational Resources (OER) Degree Initiative which will lay the groundwork for nationwide adoption of OER Degrees.

His professional experience includes serving as Senior Director of Finance and Information Services for The Bainum Family Foundation, a $500+-million private operating foundation that assists underserved and underprivileged youth achieve quality education and graduate from high school. He has also held leadership positions at the Drug Information Association in Horsham, PA and Washington, D.C., The U.S. Grains Council in Washington, D.C., and Health Net, Inc., in Woodland Hills, CA. Most recently, Mr. Pepito was President and Principal of JMJ Quest Inc., where he led strategic consulting services for start-up businesses and national franchisees in the areas of accounting, finance, marketing, and general operations.

Achieving the Dream, Inc. is a national nonprofit that is dedicated to helping more community college students, particularly low-income students and students of color, stay in school and earn a college certificate or degree. Evidence-based, student-centered, and built on the values of equity and excellence, Achieving the Dream is closing achievement gaps and accelerating student success nationwide by: 1) guiding evidence-based institutional improvement, 2) leading policy change, 3) generating knowledge, and 4) engaging the public. Conceived as an initiative in 2004 by Lumina Foundation and seven founding partner organizations, today, Achieving the Dream is leading the most comprehensive non-governmental reform network for student success in higher education history. With over 200 institutions, more than 100 coaches and advisors, and 15 state policy teams - working throughout 35 states and the District of Columbia – the Achieving the Dream National Reform Network helps more than 4 million community college students have a better chance of realizing greater economic opportunity and achieving their dreams.

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