We Believe
Students Are the Answer

From a Single Workshop to Serving Students Nationwide

PeerForward, formerly known as College Summit, began as a single workshop in the basement of a Washington, D.C. community center. The goal was to help students capture their stories in personal essays that could be used for college applications. From that single workshop, more than two decades ago, founders J.B. Schramm, Keith Frome, and Derek Canty built a national organization that has guided 350,000 students across the nation to higher education.

Unleashing the Power of Peers

Our name has changed from College Summit to PeerForward; our mission and values remain the same. We believe in the power of positive peer influence to drive more students to and through college. Our founders saw the spark between peers at that very first workshop. For more than two decades, we have honed a method for capturing, structuring, and leveraging the power of peer influence to motivate students to plan for, apply to, and succeed in higher education.  No other college access program so powerfully taps this resource found in every high school in America.

Our Student-Driven PeerForward Model

“Back when I co-founded PeerForward, we understood that there was a great untapped resource in American education – the students themselves. We knew that if we provided the right training to a small corps of influential students, they could unleash their power and knowledge to steer their classmates to and through college.”

Keith Frome
CEO and Co-founder

Guiding Students to Higher Education
350,000 Nationwide and We’re Just Getting Started

“What we do has significant impact that matters on the lives of young people who can and should attend and graduate from college, and the commitment we have to make this a reality is continuous and relentless.”

Barry Salzberg
Former Board Member

Board of Directors

Owen Ryan, Chair
Former Deloitte Advisory CEO
Deloitte & Touche LLP

Boris Bershteyn
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

Billy Butcher
Co-Head of Real Estate Acquisitions
Kohlberg, Kravis, Roberts & Co.

John Deasy
The Reset Foundation

Anthony Ekmekjian
BASE Equity Partners

Janiece Evans-Page
Vice President, Fossil Global Giving
and Fossil Foundation
Fossil Group

Nicholas M. Florio
Deloitte Financial Advisory Services LLP

Keith Frome
Chief Executive Officer & Co-founder

Dean Furbush
COO and General Manager

Alan Ghelberg
General Atlantic

Julie Mork
ECA Foundation

Ashlee Neal
2003 PeerForward Alumna
Employment and Infrastructure Specialist
City of New Orleans

Dionne Rogers
Vice President & General Manager, Global Merchant Services
American Express

Laura Samberg
Executive Director
The Samberg Family Foundation

J.B. Schramm
Founder, PeerForward
Chair, Learn to Earn Fund
New Profit, Inc.

Irvin Scott
Senior Lecturer on Education
Harvard Graduate School of Education

Ramsey Walker
Senior Vice President, Client Advisory
Jordan Park

National Advisory Board

Chuck Harris
Managing Director, Blue Meridian Partners
The Edna McConnell Clark Foundation

Barry Salzberg
Former Global CEO, Deloitte
James P. Gorman Professor of Professional Practice in Business Strategy
Columbia Business School

Art Samberg
Hawkes Financial LLC

Awards and Recognition

President Barack Obama:
One of ten organizations selected by President
Barack Obama for a portion of his Nobel Peace
Prize award

Social Innovation Fund:
Two-time awardee for demonstration of
innovation and proven impact

U.S. Chamber of Commerce:
Recognized along with Deloitte as the nation’s
top corporate-nonprofit partnership

National Association for College
Admission Counseling:

Received their highest award for improving
college access

World Economic Forum:
Awarded the U.S. Social Entrepreneur of the
Year at the World Economic Forum

Ashoka, Manhattan Institute, and
the Skoll Foundation:

Honored our founders with awards
for social enterprise


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College Summit is now PeerForward!

We’ve changed our name, but our mission and values are the same. After two decades of leveraging peer influence to guide more students to higher education, we’ve adopted a name that reflects the power of youth activation. Read more