Founder & CEO
Donald Kamentz is the Founder and CEO of Contigo Ed which champions and drives equitable postsecondary expectations and opportunities for all students. Our entire staff, both full-time and contracted, consists of practitioners who have been both highly successful counselors and organizational leaders and managers. Having both the direct and high-level managerial experiences makes us both well-respected and highly sought out experts in this postsecondary access and success space.
Prior to this role, he served as Executive Director of Character Lab, a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing the science and practice of character development. Comprised of a team of researchers, educators, and designers, Character Lab believes character skills are malleable and measurable, character development can enhance academic performance, and finally, character strengths are as important to long-term life outcomes as are IQ and socioeconomic status.
Before Character Lab, Donald spent 16 years, lastly as Managing Director of College and Career Initiatives, at YES Prep Public Schools, a public charter school system in Houston, Texas. Under his leadership, he created a college access program recognized nationally as a model for supporting first-generation, low-income students to and through college. Prior to joining YES Prep, Donald spent five years with Teach For America in a variety of roles, most recently as the executive director for institute operations.
Donald earned a Bachelor of Arts in political science, with a minor in international affairs-Latin American Studies, from The George Washington University.