J.B. founded College Summit in 1993 while directing a teen center in the basement of a low-income housing project in Washington, D.C. This year, the organization will work with 160 high schools with 17,000 seniors and 80,000 total students, in 12 states. In recognition of the organization’s impact, College Summit was honored at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland in 2008 as the United States Social Entrepreneur of the Year by the Schwab Foundation.
For its impact in helping communities raise college enrollment rates for low-income students, College Summit has twice been featured in an annual report on initiatives to diversify higher education by the U.S. Department of Education, received the National Association for College Admission Counseling’s highest award for improving college access, and was profiled in David Bornstein’s 2004 book How to Change the World. The organization has also received awards from Ashoka, Fast Company Magazine, The Manhattan Institute, New Profit Inc. and The Skoll Foundation.
J.B. is a recipient of an Honorary Doctorate of Public Service from Regis University, is a fellow of the Aspen Institute-New Schools Entrepreneurial Leaders for Public Education, and the Kennedy School of Government’s Executive Session on Transforming Cities Through Civic Entrepreneurship. He is a graduate of Denver Public Schools, Yale University and Harvard Divinity School. He lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife, Lauren, and three children.