Nicholas C. Donohue

Nicholas C. Donohue

As President and CEO of the Nellie Mae Education Foundation, Nick Donohue is leading efforts to reshape New England’s public education systems to be more equitable and more effective, supporting strong futures for our region’s communities.

Nick is committed to elevating the issues of racism and white privilege in our education system, as he believes that without direct attention to these social realities and their impact, our progress as a nation educationally and socially will be limited. As a sought after thought leader in education transformation, Nick has worked throughout his career to expand access to high quality, innovative learning opportunities for students. His leadership in education reform continues to challenge traditional notions of schooling to respond to our changing world and the systemic inequities inherent in our systems of education, with the goal of preparing learners to contribute to a thriving democracy.

Prior to joining the Foundation, Nick served as the New Hampshire State Commissioner of Education where he shepherded in systemic reform efforts to innovate teaching and learning. He also served as Special Master at Hope High School in Providence, where he oversaw implementation of the Rhode Island Commissioner of Education’s Order to reconstitute the school.

Nick currently serves in a number of leadership roles, including Chair of the Board of Directors for the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL), and participates as a regular member of the Partnership for the Future of Learning and Boston Opportunity Agenda. Nick’s previous board affiliations include serving as chair of the board of Grantmakers for Education, and serving as a trustee for both the University System of New Hampshire and Community Technical College System, among other affiliations.

Nick’s writing on philanthropy, education transformation and systemic racism in education has appeared in The Boston Globe, The Boston Globe Magazine, The Boston Business Journal, The Providence Journal, and the Hartford Courant, among others.

Nick holds a B.A. from Wesleyan University and an Ed.M. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE). In 2016, Nick was presented with an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters Degree from the University of Maine at Presque Isle.