It’s Time to
Level the Playing Field

From a Single Workshop to Serving Students Nationwide

PeerForward’s mission is to unleash the power of positive peer influence to transform the lives of youth living in low-income communities by connecting them to college and careers. Formerly known as College Summit, we began as a single workshop in the basement of a Washington, D.C. community center. The goal was to help students capture their stories in personal essays that could be used for college applications. From that single workshop, more than two decades ago, founders J.B. Schramm, Keith Frome, and Derek Canty built a national organization that has guided more than 350,000 students across the nation to higher education.

Unleashing the Power of Peers

Our name has changed from College Summit to PeerForward; our mission and values remain the same. We believe in the power of positive peer influence to drive more students to and through college. Our founders saw the spark between peers at that very first workshop. For more than two decades, we have honed a method for capturing, structuring, and leveraging the power of peer influence to motivate students to plan for, apply to, and succeed in higher education.  No other college access program so powerfully taps this resource found in every high school in America.

Our Student-Driven PeerForward Model

“More than 12 years ago I joined PeerForward to be part of a team of trendsetters who fostered a movement to change the course of college persistence and career aspirations for our youth in America. These youth, past and present, are powerful people who deserve all of the great benefits life has to offer, regardless of their zip code.”

Gary Z. Linnen
Chief Executive Officer

Guiding Students to Higher Education
350,000 Nationwide and We’re Just Getting Started

“What we do has significant impact that matters on the lives of young people who can and should attend and graduate from college, and the commitment we have to make this a reality is continuous and relentless.”

Barry Salzberg
Former Board Member

Board of Directors

Nicholas M. Florio, Chair
Retired Senior Principal
Deloitte Financial Advisory Services LLP

Aadon Penny
2006 PeerForward Alum
Business Development Specialist at Latham & Watkins, LLP

Amanda Hale
Managing Director, Tax
Deloitte LLP

Billy Butcher
Co-Head of Real Estate Acquisitions
Kohlberg, Kravis, Roberts & Co.

Boris Bershteyn
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

Dean Furbush
CEO and Co-Founder
Kitchen to Kitchen

Dionne Rogers
Vice President & General Manager, Global Merchant Services
American Express

Gary Z. Linnen
Chief Executive Officer

J.B. Schramm
Founder, PeerForward
Chair, Learn to Earn Fund
New Profit, Inc.

Joshua Greenwald
Owner and Principal
High Line Real Estate

Ramsey Walker, Treasurer
Senior Vice President, Client Advisory
Jordan Park

Renee Tribbett, Secretary
Director of Operations

Timothy Hoeffner
McDermott Will & Emery LLP

National Advisory Board

Chuck Harris
Managing Director, Blue Meridian Partners
The Edna McConnell Clark Foundation

Barry Salzberg
Former Global CEO, Deloitte
James P. Gorman Professor of Professional Practice in Business Strategy
Columbia Business School

Laura Samberg
Executive Director
The Samberg Family Foundation

Leadership Council

The Leadership Council, PeerForward’s junior board, engages a diverse team of professionals who share a passion for changing lives through education. They leverage their skills, expertise, and networks to support PeerForward with fundraising, thought partnership, and volunteer activities. The Leadership Council empowers our future leaders to make an impact today.

Alison Borek
Senior Advisory Consultant, Deloitte Advisory
Deloitte LLP

Amrita Narine
Duane Morris, LLP

Cherelle Glimp
Senior Associate
DLA Piper LLP (US)

Gordon Deans
Vice President
BNP Paribas

Jason Gerstein
McDermott Will & Emery

Michael Moritz
NYU School of Law (pursuing tax law specialty)

Omezie Omeokwe
2007 PeerForward Alum
College Counselor, Thomas A. Edison High School

Siraj Bah
2007 PeerForward Alum
Assistant Director of Admissions and Financial Aid at Manhattan College

Yamicha Stephenson
Manager, Deloitte Advisory
Deloitte LLP

Awards and Recognition

President Barack Obama:
One of ten organizations selected by President
Barack Obama for a portion of his Nobel Peace
Prize award

Social Innovation Fund:
Two-time awardee for demonstration of
innovation and proven impact

U.S. Chamber of Commerce:
Recognized along with Deloitte as the nation’s
top corporate-nonprofit partnership

National Association for College
Admission Counseling:

Received their highest award for improving
college access

World Economic Forum:
Awarded the U.S. Social Entrepreneur of the
Year at the World Economic Forum

Ashoka, Manhattan Institute, and
the Skoll Foundation:

Honored our founders with awards
for social enterprise


In keeping with nonprofit standards for transparency, here is our our 2016 990, our 2017 990, and our 2018 990; here is our 2016 audit, 2017 audit, and our 2018 audit. PeerForward is honored to have a gold rating from GuideStar.

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