Courtney Robinson


What does your organization do?
Excellence and Advancement Foundation is dedicated to transforming how communities combat the school to prison pipeline and mass incarceration.

How did you become interested in this work?
While working at a community college in California as the Dean of Students, I served students that were impacted by the criminal justice system.

What drives your passion?
My personal experience with parental incarceration and my research with four generations of men who shared their stories of schooling and incarceration.

Did you have a mentor or a role model?
Yes, many different mentors and role models.

What's the biggest challenge in your work?
Like many non-profit organizations, funding the work is our biggest challenge.

What's the best advice that you have ever received?
“Be patient with yourself but aggressive with your opportunities.”