San Francisco, Calif.—December 1, 2016—CollegeSpring, a nonprofit organization committed to closing the college opportunity gap for low-income students, today announced that Ralph Sutton and Avi Dorfman have joined its national board of directors. Sutton and Dorfman bring considerable experience scaling companies, and will provide strategic guidance to the organization. CollegeSpring is experiencing significant growth, and will serve over 4,000 students in 35 schools this academic year alone. This brings the total number of students served to over 15,000 in eight years of operations.
Ralph Sutton is the chief investment officer at Bentham IMF, the US subsidiary of the Australian litigation funding pioneer. Sutton led Bentham’s expansion to New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. At Bentham, he has also been a strong advocate for increased access to civil justice. Bentham has pledged significant support to UC Irvine School of Law’s Civil Justice Research Institute, which will study factors that limit access to America’s court system. He graduated with honors from Columbia College and received his J.D. from the NYU School of Law.
Sutton commented: “My dad was an immigrant who became an academic, and my mother was a public high school English teacher. Their life experiences impressed on me the urgency of fixing inequality in our education system. Especially for students from low-income backgrounds. CollegeSpring’s brilliant programs give thousands of low income students the chance to get to a far better college. I feel privileged to assist with their innovative and necessary work.”
Avi Dorfman is co-founder of Compass, a national real estate technology platform valued at over $1 billion. He most recently served as vice president at Accretive, a venture capital firm dedicated to incubating disruptive technology companies from the ground up, including Fandango, Accretive Health, Accolade, and Insureon. He has served as a trusted advisor to a number of venture-backed CEOs and previously worked in the corporate finance and strategy practice at McKinsey & Company, in the investment banking division at Lehman Brothers, and on the private investments team at Access Industries. Prior to his national board appointment, Dorfman served as the founding chair of CollegeSpring’s New York regional board for two years, through which he has been integral to the organization’s rapid growth on the east coast. He graduated with first class honors from McGill University and earned his master’s degree in international finance and economics from Columbia University.
“Taking the SAT and preparing for college is one of the most daunting undertakings of any young adult’s life, let alone those from low income, at-risk backgrounds,” Dorfman said. “CollegeSpring has developed a unique peer-to-peer movement to level the playing field for students with limited means, but unlimited possibilities. I am honored to be playing a role in catalyzing this amazing organization through its next phase of growth.”
“Avi and Ralph bring significant expertise in driving sustainable growth and a deep commitment to serving our students on their journey to a college degree,” said Garrett Neiman, CollegeSpring’s co-founder and CEO. “Their support will help us expand our reach and broaden our scope of work, ultimately helping us provide more students with more robust support. We are thrilled to have them on the team.”
CollegeSpring is a national non-profit organization that equips low-income students with the academic skills and mentoring they need to close the SAT, ACT, and college opportunity gaps. Since 2008, we have served more than 15,000 students in the San Francisco Bay Area, Southern California, and New York, helping them achieve increased test scores, acceptances into better-matched, more-selective colleges, higher persistence rates and greater opportunities for future success.
For more information, visit www.collegespring.org.