CPE 2018 Annual Report:

Closing the Mentoring Gap

A Letter from CEO Khari Brown

CEO Khari Brown

It has been an incredible year for Capital Partners for Education as we continue to work to build lasting and meaningful relationships between our mentors and students. CPE’s work is driven by a passion to help prepare these students for college and career, and that commitment is infused in our day-to-day communication and collaboration with them and their mentors, and with our school partners.

Over the course of its 25-year history, CPE has proven its commitment to helping low-income students in the Washington, D.C. area attain a college education. Our mentoring program serves students whose GPA falls squarely within the “academic middle” (between 2.3 – 3.1). These students are likely to graduate from high school but are statistically unlikely to earn a college degree without additional support.

The Pell Institute’s 2018 report on higher education equity in the US notes the national estimated college completion rate for low-income students is 21 percent, yet 65% of jobs in the Washington D.C. region will require a post-secondary degree by 2020. Our programs are designed to pair students with a mentor to help them get to and through college.

Our work focuses on steering students toward three exit outcomes to help place them on a path of upward economic mobility and ensure they are prepared to excel in the workforce. These outcomes include obtaining a bachelor’s degree, achieving a full set of “soft skills”, and demonstrating the knowledge, skills, and networks needed to identify a job, be interviewed, and to ultimately be hired.

CPE’s success this year includes all 35 high school seniors graduating with 33 currently enrolled in college, and 14 college graduates! Additionally, 96% of our students remain on track to graduate from college. We have created more than 125 student matches, received over $3 million in grants to help us further our mission, and have strengthened our relationships with school partners. It is an honor to do this work in our community. We thank you for your continued support and look forward to the milestones and achievements we’ll reach together next year!



Capital Partners for Education (CPE) mentors low-income high school and college students in the academic middle from the Washington, D.C. area to provide the skills and experiences they need to successfully complete college and to excel in the workforce.

Barriers to Success

Income inequality

Healy Hall and John Carroll Statue, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C. by Ken Lund

The District of Columbia has the 5th highest level of income inequality of any city in the United States.

Source: DC Fiscal Policy Institute

College tuition has risen 100% since 2001

Source: Washington Post

1st generation college experience

The median annual household income for first generation students is $37,565.

Source: PNPI


Only 21% of low-income, first-generation college students will have a college degree within six years of enrolling in school.

Source: The Pell Institute

Our Approach

The academic middle

We provide 1:1 mentorship opportunities to students whose GPA falls within the range of 2.3 – 3.1.

The Academic Middle

While other prominent organizations target services at high-achieving students or engage in drop-out prevention, CPE is the only organization focused on the academic middle. Our programs and resources have the greatest impact on this largely underserved population.

Student and mentor
Student and mentor
Student and mentor

Relationship Building

CPE Sstaff

We recruit, interview, and provide mentors with the resources and support needed to build lasting and meaningful relationships with their mentee.

Soft Skill Development

Soft skills are personable attributes that help people succeed in the workplace. CPE drew on research conducted by Booz Allen Hamilton to identify the soft skills CPE seeks to instill in all of its students.


Students learn the essentials of active listening, verbal communication, and written communication.

Positive self-concept

Self-worth, self-efficacy, and self-awareness are fundamental traits CPE wants its students to have.

Our Impact by the Numbers

of CPE high school students graduated in the 2017-2018 academic year
internship stipends provided to CPE college students
job shadowing events offered to high school students
students served
students received career counseling through six Career Exploration events
in emergency funds provided to students for textbooks, school supplies, and meal plans

Our Work This Year

Job shadowing opportunities

Three job shadowing opportunities were offered to students this year to provide them with career exposure by touring offices, shadowing employees, and participating in Q&A sessions.

Internship stipend program

CPE launched a new initiative for college students, providing 8 students with up to $4,500 each to help support them in pursuing their career interests over the summer.

“CPE’s internship stipend allowed me to have an amazing experience at Children’s Hospital. I was able to see things behind the scenes and provide hands-on assistance. I like the fast-paced environment and everything that comes with being a nurse. This opportunity made me more than certain that the healthcare field is for me.”

Diamond Moore

Fostering a mentorship community

CPE re-launched its Mentor Leadership Council, led by mentors who spearhead initiatives for recruitment, events, and corporate and community building.

“Since mentoring Chelsea, her grades have improved and she's developed an excitement for wanting to attend college, especially after our visit to Trinity that CPE organized. She not only takes advantages of opportunities that CPE provides but seeks them out. She's more engaged at school from playing on the soccer team to participating in the first ever Hispanic Heritage Assembly. I see her taking risks and pushing herself to be the BEST version of herself. I feel fortunate that she is allowing me to be part of her journey!”

Beth Flahtery, CPE Mentor

Plans for Growth

Growth bar chart

CPE has grown tremendously, tripling its student body between 2013 and 2017 and supporting its largest class ever this year of 424 students. This year, CPE completed a strategic plan in partnership with Booz Allen Hamilton designed to grow its student body from 376 students to 650 students by 2021.


Financial pie chart

Board of Directors

Theodore A. Schwab Co-Founder & Chairman Emeritus Founding Partner & Managing Director, Steward Partners Global Advisory
The Honorable Mary K. Bush Board Chair President and Founder, Bush International, LLC
Carol Adelman, Ph.D. Director, The Hudson Institute Center for Global Prosperity
John A. Bates Partner, Potomac Equity Partners
Gina Coburn Senior Advisor, Global Philanthropy Group
Ernest E. Cordova Managing Director, Accenture
Renee Y. DeVigne Associate Dean, The George Washington University Law School
Bill Dodge Retired Partner, Deloitte Tax
J. Warren Gorrell, Jr. CEO Emeritus and Partner, Hogan Lovells
Dorothy Helfenstein Senior Vice President, Booz Allen Hamilton
Sarah Iddrissu Targeted Assistance Manager, Administrator VI, Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
Sandy Meredith President, The Meredith Group
James E. Nevels Chairman, The Swarthmore Group
Charles Rossotti Senior Advisor, The Carlyle Group
Macani Toungara Director for Program Development, TechnoServe
Ambassador Michael M. Wood Chairman, Redwood Investments, LLC

Partner Schools

Academy of the Holy Cross
Benjamin Banneker Academic High School
Bishop McNamara High School
Bishop O’Connell High School
Capital City Public Charter School
Columbia Heights Educational Campus
DeMatha Catholic High School
Don Bosco Cristo Rey High School
Eastern Senior High School
Elizabeth Seton High School
Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School
Gonzaga College High School
McKinley Technology High School
Paul Public Charter School
Phelps Architecture, Construction and Engineering High School
Ron Brown College Preparatory High School
Washington Leadership Academy
Woodrow Wilson High School

Corporate Donors

Bank of America
CGI Technologies and Solutions Inc.
Clark Construction
Federal Capital Partners
Hanley Wood
Hilton Hotels Corporation
Marriott International
McKinsey & Company
Sack & Harris PC
Savills Studley
T. Rowe Price
The AES Corporation
Winston Partners

In-Kind Partners

Booz Allen Hamilton
Hogan Lovells
Merryck & Co.
Savills Studley



Anonymous Individual
Charles and Barbara Rossotti
Sunrise Foundation
Michael and Judith Wood
Glenn and Suzanne Youngkin

$50,000 - $99,999

The Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation
The Ceres Foundation
Michael and Kathryn Hanley
The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation
The Volgenau Foundation

$20,000 - $49,999

Anonymous Foundation
Bank of America Charitable Foundation, Inc.
Gina and Brooke Coburn
Crowell & Moring Foundation
William Dodge
Warren and Cathy Gorrell
The Harman Family Foundation
Philip L. Graham Fund
Virginia Cretella Mars Foundation
Meyer Foundation
National College Access Network
Scheidel Foundation

$10,000 - $19,999

Marguerite Benson
Mary K. Bush
Crimsonbridge Foundation
The Herb Block Foundation
Howard and Patsy Norton
Share Fund

$5,000 - $9,999

Carol and Ken Adelman
Cathy and Brian Bernasek
Mary Ellen Callahan and Tony Lynn
Philip Dolan
The Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation
Corina Higginson Trust
Marijke Jurgens-Dupree and David Dupree
Burks Lapham
David and Barbara Lipman
Mary and Daniel Loughran Foundation
James and Tracey Millar
Jeremy Presser
Brian and Stephanie Spector
Meredith and Martin Sumner
Paul and Chandler Tagliabue
Ann and James Zielinski

$1,000 - $4,999

The Ansary Foundation
John and Karen Bates
Amy and Warren Belasco
Marvin Bush and Margaret Conway Molster
Maureen Chelius
Zia Chishti
Ernest Cordova and David Zyck
Renny and Pat DiPentima
Prentiss and Gail Feagles
Elliott Ferguson and Telesa Via
Marilyn and Michael Glosserman
Patrick and Sheila Gross
Mona Hanford
Nicholas and Kimberly Hayman
Daniel Kaplan and Kay Richman
David and Jan Kaufman
Kent Killelea
Andrew and Julie Klingenstein
Robert and Arlene Kogod
Margot Machol and Mark Bisnow
David and Susan Malcolm
Pitney Bowes Foundation
Laurence Platt and Clare Herington
General Colin and Alma Powell
Thomas Pyle and Bijal Parikh
Hertha Owen
Macani Toungara
Dennis Tracey III and Marcia Hamelin
United Methodist Women of National United Methodist Church
Bruce and Christine Wardinski

$500 - $999

Anonymous Individual
Sameer Bhargava
Robert and Nancy Bloch
Carrie Boyle
Elvis Campbell
Emily Field
Kelly Hafner
Wanda Hill
Stephen and Susan Immelt
Michaela and Michael Keeling
Ned and Betsy Mandel
Janet and Gary McDavid
Steven Museles
Dora Richardson
Daniel Stein
Anatol Surak and Mary Wu

$250 - $499

Fred Ansell
Frank and Georgine Anton
Matthew Bando
Dave Colford
Nina and Andrew Eisenberg
Jim Ervin
Anne Evans and Bill Wallace
Allison and Akinyale Harrison
Des Hogan and Mindy Holmes
Arthur Horne
Leslie Kingslow
Alan Lau
The Ruth H. Kemp Memorial Foundation
Kimberly McMillan
Jimmy and Candice Sanders
Mary Beth Schultz
Mark and Elizabeth Spoto
Susan and Charles Strittmatter
Jacquelyn and General Richard Trefry
Thomas White and Elizabeth Ehinger
Jennifer Wood and Mike Wood Jr.

$15 - $250

William Alexander
Linda and Waldemar Antoniewicz
Christina Antoniewicz
Greg Bertelsen
Shilpa Bhojwani
Maria Bishirjian
Jill Bixler
Fran Bloksberg
Robert Britt
Dorry and Julian Brown
Suzanne Burrows
Hallie Busta
Sheldon and Jamie Caplis
Matthew Carollo
Jennifer Castenson
Brian Croce
William Doll
Karen Dresden
Rhonda Dyer
Martin Espinoza
Janis Evans
Matthew Flynn
Bridget Forbes
Leslie Friedman
Antoine and Carol Garibaldi
Laurie and Carl Gershman
Allie Gluck
Peter and Ann Goldstone
Dan Goodman
Joseph Hanna
Dennis Harrington
Sandra Herndon and Alexandra Woodruff
Henry Howard and Jessica Hirschhorn
Maura Jacob
Bradley Jensema
Judy Josephs
Teresa Kauffman and Tracy Dorsey
Curtis Kemp
Edwin Kraft
Wanda Lau
Jennifer Lewis
Howard Lubinger
Peter Maiwald
Peter and Celeste McCall
Kevin and Mary McDonald
Mike McGinley
John Mcmanus
Sandy Meredith
D.A. Miller
Holly Miller
Edward Moffatt
Myra Morgan
Robb Ogle
Dana Pace
Tricia Petersen
Candace Ridgway
Mary Salmonsen
Mathew Samuel
Walter Samuels
Thomas Scala
Theodore and Claire Schwab
Cheryl Schwartz
Heather Secrest
Rosalyn and Rosie Seibert
Ryan Seth
Darin Simmons
Mikko Simon
Ron Spink
Sharon Stearns
Richard Strachan
Tina-Lynn Tabibi
Claudia Taubman
Janet Taylor
Erika Taylor
Alan Thomas, Jr.
Jacqueline Tonic
Tracey Twyman
Catherine Underwood
Joel Walters
Craig Webb
Jim Welch
Lisa Whelan
Ken Wilson
Charissa Zehr
Heide and David Zufall