Founder and CEO
Donald Kamentz is the Founder and CEO of Contigo Ed which exists to equip and empower stakeholders (educators, schools, districts, organizations, community supporters, funders, etc.) via high level organizational analysis, strategic planning, and customized training and support. Leading this consulting firm allows him and his team to utilize their diverse experiences in both non-profit management and K-12 education organizations to best serve all student populations. 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.