Nellie Mae Education Foundation

Nellie Mae Education Foundation


The Nellie Mae Education Foundation (“Nellie Mae”) works to ensure all youth in New England – particularly those underserved by our education system – have access to excellent and equitable public education that prepares them to succeed. We have been Nellie Mae’s strategic communications partner since 2012, generating visibility for its student-centered public education strategy, philanthropy and impact.

Our Strategy

Our work has showcased the impact of learning that is personalized, engaging and competency-based, and positioned Nellie Mae President & CEO Nicholas Donohue as a leading expert on education transformation through an equity lens, and on college and career readiness for all students.

To amplify Nellie Mae’s message, in 2015 we led the development, implementation and management of the Nellie Mae Speakers Bureau on Education Innovation, which annually deploys experts to speak at conferences across the country such as TEDxBeaconStreet, SXSWedu, the iNACOL Symposium and the Education Writers Association National Seminar.

Our Results

As a result of our efforts, Nick Donohue’s commentary has been published by The Huffington Post, U.S. News & World Report, Education Week, The Hechinger Report, The Boston Globe Magazine, WBUR Edify, CommonWealth Magazine, New England Public Radio and Boston Business Journal. His thought leadership has centered on issues affecting education, with a focus on success for all students. He has written on a wide range of topics including school funding, the importance of student voices, innovation for 21st century learners, and equity and achievement gaps. We have also secured media coverage for Nellie Mae’s ambitious plans to reinvent K-12 education, results of education trend surveys the Foundation commissioned, the Foundation’s grantmaking, and other Nellie Mae news to raise visibility for the Foundation and its mission.

Through more than 80 speaking engagements to date, the Speakers Bureau has raised awareness for Nellie Mae and its grantees, and for the Foundation’s mission to advance excellent, student-centered public education by transforming teaching and learning.


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