Achieving the Dream Vice President for Community College Relations and Applied Research Assumes a New Position with Achieving the Dream, Inc.

Silver Spring, MD (April 2, 2013) – President & CEO of Achieving the Dream William E. Trueheart and Vice President Rachel Singer announced today that effective June 1, 2013, Rachel  will step down  from her position as Vice President for Community College Relations and Applied Research to become an Achieving the Dream Senior Fellow.

“Rachel Singer has been an extraordinary leader at Achieving the Dream with deep knowledge of the community college field,” said Dr. Trueheart. “We have been fortunate to have her as a member of the Achieving the Dream team and we are pleased that she will continue to guide and advise the senior leadership in her new role as Senior Fellow, although on a part-time basis.” 

Rachel came to Achieving the Dream with extensive experience in community college programs and with rich expertise in developmental education and learning communities. During her time at Achieving the Dream, Rachel provided exemplary leadership to the programs and policy team. She helped design Achieving the Dream’s national grant program and played a vital role in the design and direction of Achieving the Dream’s knowledge development and workforce development portfolios.

This transition was necessitated by Rachel's need to spend more time with her husband, who is ill, and to return to New York City to be near family and friends.  Her new role will allow her to reduce her hours, giving her the time and flexibility she requires at this point in her life.

Because Rachel’s Vice President role was and will continue to be central to the work of Achieving the Dream, a search for a new VP for Community College Relations and Applied Research will be launched shortly.

“We are deeply grateful to Rachel for her excellent leadership and contributions to Achieving the Dream and wish her and her husband the very best,” said Dr. Trueheart.


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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