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DONALD KAMENTZ

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DONALD KAMENTZ

TITLE 

Founder & CEO

ORGANIZATION

Contigo Ed

BIOGRAPHY

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.

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