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Bob Giannino

Chief Executive Officer, uAspire

Bob is Chief Executive Officer of uAspire, a national leader in providing college affordability services to young people, families and college access and success practitioners. Through local operations in Massachusetts (Boston, Lawrence, Fall River, Somerville, Malden and Cambridge) and the San Francisco Bay Area (San Francisco, Oakland and Hayward), training partnerships reaching 25+ states, and a national virtual advising effort, this year, uAspire will impact the lives of more than 300,000 young people.

Under Bob’s leadership, uAspire has been recognized for the important role it plays on issues of college access, success and affordability. Since 2010, uAspire has received the Organization of Excellence Award by the National College Access Network, was named a Social Innovator by the Social Innovation Forum, was recognized by Opportunity Knocks as one of nation’s “Best Non-Profits to Work For” and the Boston Foundation for “exceptional non-profit leadership”, and was recipient of Year Up’s Urban Empowerment Award. In 2015, Bob was awarded the prestigious Barr Fellowship for his “outstanding contribution to the Boston community and potential to drive positive change for years to come.” Prior to joining uAspire, Bob served on the Management Team of Jumpstart, most recently serving as Vice President of Business Development and Government Relations.

Bob and uAspire have been featured in numerous media outlets for their expertise on issues of college affordability, including NPR, Time Magazine, the New York Times, Boston Globe, Huffington Post, Chronicle of Higher Education and National Journal. Bob is on the Faculty of the Institute for Nonprofit Practice and serves on numerous Boards including Idealist.org, the world’s largest non-profit internet job site, Root Cause and Harvard’s Phillips Brooks House Association, as well as the Advisory Boards of Excel Academy Charter Schools and Noonan Scholars.

As the first in his family to attend college, a product of the Somerville (MA) Public Schools, and a graduate of Harvard College, Bob knows the vital role that strong financial guidance and minimizing debt plays in ensuring a strong economic future. Bob resides in Dorchester, Massachusetts and his son, Connor, is a City Year Corps Member in Los Angeles.