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PeerForward Looks to the Future with Two New Board Members

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PeerForward expands with the addition of Karin Goldmark and Frank S. Williams to the board, continuing their work in creating opportunities for students to succeed.


Karin Goldmark, previously Deputy Chancellor of School Planning and Development for the New York City Department of Education, is focused on innovation and on scaling proven models for positive social and environmental impact. From 2006 to 2009, Karin served as the founding Executive Director of PeerFoward’s New York region, growing the site from (4) to (40) partnerships in three years. Karin served as Senior Education Advisor in the New York City Mayor’s office from 2014 to 2018. During the peak of the global pandemic in 2020, Karin led NYC’s emergency childcare services, later recognized as a national model for safety, attention to well-being, and learning support. Karin is the founder of GreenLink Education, a startup scaling climate solutions in the education sector.


“I am so honored to serve on the board at PeerForward. PeerForward knows how to activate potential: of young people to lead their peers; of schools to serve young people better; and of communities to mobilize together in support of a great future. I look forward to working with CEO Gary Linnen to help the organization, and the young people it serves, reach their goals.”

Frank S. Williams is the Vice President for Strategic Enrollment Management at PeerForward partner school, Nazareth College. Throughout his 22+ year career, Frank has taken on roles in the admissions and enrollment departments of SUNY Buffalo and SUNY Fredonia, both of which are his alma maters. Additionally, he was the Vice President for Enrollment Management at Daemen College where he oversaw the institution’s admissions operations and provided leadership in achieving student enrollment goals.

“I’m very excited to join this amazing group of leaders in an effort to continue to move the needle on college access for underserved students.  I have worked hard to earn a “seat at the table,” however please understand the seat is not just for me.  My goal is to use my position/influence in higher education, and on the Board of PeerForward, to give back and create access.  When I’m afforded the opportunity to walk through the proverbial door, my job is to leave it open for the next person to earn.”