Garrett Neiman to Transition to Board Role, Step Down as CEO

OAKLAND, Calif.—January 24, 2017—CollegeSpring, a nonprofit organization committed to closing the college opportunity gap for low-income students, today announced that Garrett Neiman will step down as CEO later this year to attend Harvard Business School’s MBA Program in August 2017.

CollegeSpring is experiencing significant growth, and will serve over 4,000 students from nearly 50 high schools this academic year alone. This brings the total number of students served to 19,000 since 2008. Under Neiman’s leadership, CollegeSpring has raised over $13 million and now has a team of 30 full-time employees and hundreds of part-time near peer mentors. “CollegeSpring has never been stronger and by using the next six months wisely, we will effectively transition to a new CEO. I am excited to enter the Harvard MBA program and expand my leadership and management capabilities,” said Neiman.

While a sophomore at Stanford University, Neiman and his co-founder Jessica Perez tested their concept of a summer tutoring and mentoring program aimed at low-income high school students to enable them to achieve their dream of entering college. The program, which developed into the non-profit now known as CollegeSpring, combines SAT test preparation using a proprietary curriculum and near-peer mentoring to allow students to raise their scores and successfully navigate the college application process. CollegeSpring has lasting impact on the students it serves, many of whom have graduated college and are in graduate school. In particular, the bond between mentor and CollegeSpring student can last well into college and beyond. Daniela Gomez, a CollegeSpring alumna and graduate of UC Berkeley, recently wrote, “To this day, I keep in contact with my CollegeSpring mentor and so I eagerly decided to become a mentor while I attended UC Berkeley. I wanted to instill in the next generation of students the same guidance and confidence to succeed on the SAT that I was provided. I admire that CollegeSpring truly cares for and equips students with opportunities to succeed on standardized tests and beyond. Thank you, CollegeSpring!”

 Tom Friel, Chairman of the Board stated, “Garrett is a leader of tremendous talent and dedication. He has worked tirelessly to lead CollegeSpring’s strategic growth and geographic expansion while sustaining programmatic excellence. We applaud Garrett’s decision to invest in his long term career and are delighted that he will remain on CollegeSpring’s Board of Directors after the CEO transition so he can continue to serve as a resource for the organization and the new leader.”

A transition team has been formed and a formal search for a new CEO will launch next month. Neiman will continue in his role as CEO while the search is conducted and will remain engaged with CollegeSpring as a Director on its national governing board.

About CollegeSpring

CollegeSpring is a national nonprofit organization that is closing the college readiness and graduation gap in high-poverty American schools. 19,000 students have completed CollegeSpring’s programs since 2008, and the organization currently serves 4,000 students annually from nearly 50 high schools in the Bay Area, Los Angeles, and New York City. CollegeSpring closes two-thirds of the college readiness gap as measured by SAT scores for the entire junior class at partner high schools, and participants are much more likely to matriculate and persist in college than their peers. For more information, visit


Matt Aguiar, COO, [email protected], 415-230-0640 x 1001