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ANDREW FERGUSON

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ANDREW FERGUSON

TITLE 

Co-Chief Executive Officer

ORGANIZATION

Dalio Education

BIOGRAPHY

Andrew is the Co-CEO at Dalio Education, where he leads the team, overall strategy and grant-making alongside Barbara Dalio. Dalio Education collaborates with public schools, non-profit organizations, and communities in Connecticut to support educators and help young people succeed.

Andrew serves as Co-Founder and Senior Advisor to the Connecticut RISE Network, which he co-created in 2015 as an independent non-profit organization. RISE facilitates improvement networks where educators work together across schools and districts to support high school students in graduating with a plan, skills and confidence to achieve college and career success. RISE has advanced Grade 9 on-track rates by 19 percentage points over the past eight years. During that period, RISE has helped to increase high school graduation rates by 12 percentage points across its network of schools.

Andrew is a Co-Founder of the Connecticut Opportunity Project, a social investment fund and capacity-building initiative that supports youth-serving organizations benefiting young people ages 14 to 26 who are severely off-track or disconnected from education and employment. CTOP has helped its grantee partners serve 925 young people who are severely off-track or disconnected, ensuring they are enrolled in good programs and receiving the appropriate levels of services and support needed to deliver positive long-term outcomes.

Prior to joining Dalio Education in 2014, Andrew served as Turnaround Policy Analyst and Director of Strategic Initiatives at the Connecticut State Department of Education, where he led several efforts to increase student achievement in Connecticut’s highest-need schools and districts. Earlier in his career, he worked as an elementary school teacher at Beecher School in New Haven.

Andrew has a B.A. in Political Science from Dickinson College and a J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.

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