Nadine Duplessy Kearns

Nadine Duplessy Kearns has a unique blend of professional experiences in management consulting, economic development in Africa, and engagement with leading education organizations. She uses her passion for transforming life outcomes for low-income children to create effective solutions that address the achievement gap and education inequalities. She is Founder and President of AccessED which creates customized strategic solutions for schools, community-based organizations, and foundations committed to increasing college access and success for low-income students.

She has direct experiences managing federally funded initiatives including 21st Century Community Learning Center program in Washington, DC. She has extensive knowledge of education policy combined with place-based experience serving Title I schools and communities impacted by generational cycle of poverty. She is skilled in fundraising, program management, strategic planning, board development, and leading effective partnerships. Currently, Nadine serves as the Area Co-Chair of the Harvard Club of Washington, DC Schools Committee. Working closely with her co-chair she leads recruitment of local alumni volunteers and outreach efforts to reach high achieving students with the potential to become first generation college graduates.

Originally from Haiti, Nadine moved to Boston at the age of 11. A proud graduate of Boston Latin School, where she worked closely with her uAspire Advisor, Nadine went on to earn an AB from Harvard College and a Masters in International Trade and Development Economics from the Fletcher School at Tufts University as a Paul and Daisy Soros Fellow. Nadine has been honored as a 2010 American Express Foundation – Aspen Institute Fellowship for Emerging Nonprofit Leaders and a 2011 Women of Color Policy Network Lead the Way Fellow. A dynamic public speaker, she enjoys leading workshops and talks on Getting Ready for College and Careers, Creating Effective Partnerships, and Building Work-Life Balance.