Lynsey Wood Jeffries is the National CEO of Higher Achievement, which serves more than 1100 middle school scholars in four states with year-round expanded learning and mentoring. After five years as a Higher Achievement volunteer mentor, Ms. Jeffries joined the professional staff in 2005 as Director of Grants. From 2008-2012, she served as executive director for Higher Achievement – DC Metro. Prior to joining Higher Achievement, Ms. Jeffries served as a program officer for the Fannie Mae Foundation, and a congressional liaison and special assistant to the CEO at NeighborWorks.
Ms. Jeffries holds a B.A. in English and sociology from Wake Forest University. She earned a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Pittsburgh, with a concentration in nonprofit management. She is a Kellogg Foundation Fellow, a Cross-Sector Leadership Fellow with the Presidio Institute, was selected as an NGen Fellow by the Independent Sector and American Express, and is a founding board member of Mundo Verde Public Charter School.
Higher Achievement closes the opportunity gap during the pivotal middle school years. By leveraging the power of communities, Higher Achievement’s proven model provides a rigorous year-round learning environment, caring role models, and a culture of high expectations, resulting in college-bound scholars with the character, confidence, and skills to succeed.