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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 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 85, and counting) that offer full tuition scholarships to eligible Say Yes Scholars. He also oversees Say Yes’ strategic communications.

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

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 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.

 

Our Team

Michelle Cooper is the Database Specialist at Say Yes to Education.

Sonja is the Higher Education and Communications Specialist at Say Yes to Education National.

Koray Gurz is the Controller of Say Yes to Education, Inc. Prior to coming to Say Yes to Education, Koray worked as a senior auditor at Blum Shapiro in West Hartford, CT for over 7 years.

Dr. Grant is the Senior Vice President for Chapter Programming at Say Yes to Education’s National organization.

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Ahmeed Turner, Executive Director

Dana Lyons, Manager, Post-Secondary Scholarship Access and Completion