Reach for College! Staff

Jonathan B. Williams, Executive Director

Jonathan has over 25 years of professional experience blending the education, government and non-profit sectors. Throughout his career, Jonathan has specialized in creating access to mainstream opportunities for under-resourced youth and adult populations. His work in higher education and college access includes serving as the Director of Programs at Heads Up of Washington, DC, a college admission professional at Oberlin College, the University of Pennsylvania and Dartmouth College and a high school college counselor, teacher and coach.

Prior to joining Reach for College!, Jonathan was the President of JWA Strategies, a management consulting firm specializing in the design and development of diversity initiatives for community-based and non-profit organizations. Some of his work includes the University of Missouri Diversity Education Program, “Getting Together,” and the inaugural NASCAR Diversity Internship Program.

He served as Director of Corporate Relations for The Corporation for National and Community Service, a federal agency that promotes volunteering and service. Under his strategic leadership, the Corporation experienced record-breaking gains in volunteer and donor participation in high profile programs such as the Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service, AmeriCorps Week, the AmeriCorps Diversity Recruitment Program and the Corporate Pro Bono Summit.

Jonathan is a graduate of Dartmouth College and holds a graduate degree from The University of Maryland at College Park.

 

Kendrick Pullen, Manager of Development and Communications

Prior to joining Reach for College!, Kendrick served as an Organizational Analyst for the Dallas County Community College District in Dallas, Texas.  As a key contributor to that team, he worked with the districts seven (7) colleges to create, re-engineer, and redesign internal organizational processes, to provide streamline, efficient services to the more than 80,000 students the district serves.  

Kendrick brings over seven years of professional and volunteer non-profit development experience having served as Development Director for the Acadiana Outreach Center, as a member of the Board of Directors of the Boys and Girls Club of Mesquite, Texas, and in 2007 co-founded a non-profit organization that was instrumental in recruiting nearly 3000 young professionals and students to assist with the rebuilding efforts in the city of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.

A native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Kendrick earned his bachelor’s degree in History from the University of New Orleans and currently serves as a Board member for the Reverend John H. Scott Memorial Scholarship Fund which provides scholarships to college bound seniors and supports organizations that serve youth around the country.

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