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Froimson, J.D.

Chief Operating Officer

In her role as chief operating officer, Emily Froimson oversees ATD’s operations, finance, information technology as well as the K–12 partnerships and research and assessment teams. She brings more than 25 years of nonprofit leadership experience to ATD.

Prior to ATD, Emily served as president of Gateway to College National Network. She came to Gateway after ten years with the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, where she oversaw the foundation’s $30 million portfolio of scholarships and grants aimed at increasing college access and success for low-income, high achieving students. Much of her focus was on improving transfer pathways for community college students to selective four-year colleges.

Prior to her work with the foundation, Emily served as executive director of Greater Phoenix Youth at Risk (now New Pathways for Youth), an organization providing intensive intervention, mentoring, after-school, and summer programs for middle and high school aged youth. She also taught undergraduate courses at Arizona State University in justice studies, youth and society, and research methods. She has served as on the Board of Directors of the National Scholarship Providers Association and the Board of Trustees of Phi Theta Kappa Foundation.


J.D. | Boston University

B.A. (History) | Swarthmore College

Past Experience

President | Gateway to College National Network

Vice President, Programs | Jack Kent Cooke Foundation

Executive Director | Greater Phoenix Youth at Risk

Faculty Associate | Arizona State University

Associate | Steptoe & Johnson and O’Melveny & Myers

How has education changed your life/your family?

Higher education has opened doors for me, giving me the flexibility and opportunity to chart my own path.

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