Achieving the Dream Hires Non-Profit Fundraiser Passionate about Supporting Economic Opportunity

Jocelyn Harmon Brings Expertise in Foundation, Corporate, and Online Fundraising and Marketing

SILVER SPRING, MD (August 8, 2017) - Dr. Karen A. Stout, president and CEO of Achieving the Dream, today announced that Jocelyn Harmon, a senior non-profit fundraiser, will join Achieving the Dream as Vice President for Development, Marketing and Communications. Ms. Harmon has been serving as Chief Philanthropy Officer for Prosperity Now, a Washington DC- based non-profit that works to ensure all people have a clear path to financial stability, wealth and prosperity.

Under Ms. Harmon’s leadership, Prosperity Now (formerly CFED) raised $13 million in 2015 and $13.9 million in 2016 respectively, including securing grants from key national foundations and corporations such as Kresge Foundation, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Ford Foundation, JP Morgan Chase, H&R Block and others. The organization also launched and successfully completed the first-ever Family Economic Opportunity Fund, a $2M campaign to raise critical unrestricted funds. 

Dr. Stout said, "Jocelyn brings to ATD a unique skill set and numerous accomplishments in marketing and fundraising in the non-profit sector as well as a genuine passion and energy for advancing ATD's mission and goals.  I am thrilled to have her join our team as ATD works to amplify our reach and influence in support of our Network colleges and their students."  

Prior to joining Prosperity Now, Ms. Harmon was Vice President for Development at the Global Fund for Children where she directed the Financial Times Seasonal Appeal a $5M, multi-channel global fundraising campaign.  She also served in sales, marketing and business development roles at Network for Good and Care2, both provide critical fundraising and advocacy services for non-profits.

Ms. Harmon said, “Community colleges have a critical role to play in ensuring that more low-income and students of color can achieve their economic dreams.  I’m thrilled to join the team to engage more foundations, corporations, partners and community colleges in ATD’s transformational Network.”

Ms. Harmon holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from New York University and a Master of Arts in Sociology from the University of Washington, which she attended as a Ford Foundation Pre-Doctoral Minority Fellow.

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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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