The Foundation Welcomes Elizabeth Hilpman and Dr. John H. Jackson to Board of Directors

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Contact: Jackson Murphy
Solomon McCown & Co.

Nellie Mae Education Foundation Welcomes
Elizabeth Hilpman and Dr. John H. Jackson to Board of Directors
QUINCY, Mass. – March 14, 2018 – The Nellie Mae Education Foundation (Nellie Mae), the largest philanthropic organization in New England focused exclusively on education, is pleased to announce the appointments of Elizabeth Hilpman and Dr. John H. Jackson to its Board of Directors. Hilpman is currently President of Barlow Partners, Inc., and Dr. Jackson serves as the President and CEO of the Schott Foundation for Public Education.
Elizabeth “Liz” Hilpman joined Barlow Partners in January 2001 as Chief Investment Officer and a partner of the firm, and became the President and sole stockholder of Barlow Partners in 2016. She has also served in a variety of leadership roles for the financial services industry. Throughout her career, Ms. Hilpman has been at the forefront of allocating to investment managers with a focus in alternative investment strategies. Previously, she served as Vice President of Investments at Commonfund, an asset management firm serving nonprofits. Ms. Hilpman also served as Director of Alternative Manager Research at Dubin & Swieca, as Investment Officer at Dartmouth College, and as a portfolio manager at Global Asset Management.
Ms. Hilpman is a frequent speaker at hedge fund conferences on asset allocation, manager selection, and monitoring, and also serves on the boards of a number of nonprofit organizations. She holds a B.A. from the University of New Hampshire. Ms. Hilpman will serve on the Nellie Mae Board’s Audit and Risk and Investment committees.
As President and CEO of the Schott Foundation, Dr. Jackson leads efforts to ensure a high quality public education for all students regardless of race or gender. He has previously served as the NAACP Chief Policy Officer and, prior to that, as their National Director of Education. Dr. Jackson has also served as an Adjunct Professor of Race, Gender, and Public Policy at the Georgetown Public Policy Institute, and as President Clinton’s Senior Policy Advisor in the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S. Department of Education. He additionally worked on the Obama-Biden transition team as a member of the President’s 13-member Education Policy Transition Work Group.
Dr. Jackson holds a B.A. in Political Science from Xavier University of Louisiana; an M.Ed. in Education Policy from the University of Illinois' College of Education; a J.D. from the University of Illinois' College of Law; and an M.Ed. and Ed.D. in Administration, Planning, and Social Policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Dr. Jackson will serve on the Nellie Mae Board’s Equity and Governance committees.
“Liz and John’s leadership in guiding organizations in both the private and philanthropic sectors will be a wonderful addition to the Foundation as we continue to work with districts and communities to steer 21st century education toward more equitable approaches to learning,” said Nick Donohue, President and CEO of the Nellie Mae Education Foundation. “We are thrilled to have John – a respected leader around educational equity – and Liz – an expert on alternative investment strategies –​ joining our Board. I look forward to working with them in supporting our region’s students in graduating high school prepared for college and career, so that they may contribute to their communities as informed citizens.”
“We are delighted to welcome Liz and John to the Nellie Mae Education Foundation board,” said Jan Phlegar, Chair of the Board of Directors. “I know I speak on behalf of the Nellie Mae Board in saying that we are honored to have such qualified, thoughtful, and dynamic leaders joining us. I know both Liz and John will serve as valuable assets and leaders on our Board and in guiding the Foundation forward to serve our region’s young people.”

About the Nellie Mae Education Foundation:
The Nellie Mae Education Foundation is the largest philanthropic organization in New England that focuses exclusively on education. The Foundation supports the promotion and integration of student-centered approaches to learning at the high school level across New England—where learning is personalized; learning is competency-based; learning takes place anytime, anywhere; and students exert ownership over their own learning. To elevate student-centered approaches, the Foundation utilizes a four-part strategy that focuses on: building educator ownership, understanding and capacity; advancing quality and rigor of SCL practices; developing effective systems designs; and building public understanding and demand. Since 1998, the Foundation has distributed over $250 million in grants. For more information about the Nellie Mae Education Foundation, visit