At College Next Door, we aim to create and develop long-term student-to-student mentorships that provide high school underclassmen with continuous and adaptive support and guidance from university underclassmen that have the recent experiences and developed passions to provide a tangible and sustainable route to curating a high schooler’s talent and success. Learn more >

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Rachael Han, Executive Director

Rachael founded College Next Door with the vision to support and improve public education. She is focused on creating sustainable mentorships through College Next Door with her past experiences in working with DC public and charter schools and mentoring students through other organizations. Originally from Georgia, she is a management consultant for a DC-based consulting firm and an alumni of Vanderbilt University, where she received a B.A. in Health Policies and Economies with minors in Corporate Strategy and French.

Giancarlo Geniso, Finance Director

Giancarlo has several years of accounting and finance experience working in non-profits and government. He additionally served as a Community Relations Director for a DC nonprofit focused on student mentorships. Originally from New York, he is the finance director for a Latin America media firm and holds multiple degrees from the George Washington University, where he received a Masters of Accountancy and a dual-B.B.A. in Accounting and International Business.

Allie Weiss, Communications Director

Allie develops and sustains our partnerships with schools, primarily focusing on community outreach in the DC area. She has years of experience working on new initiatives and marketing/PR strategies with different nonprofits. Originally from New York, she is a client management associate for a healthcare consulting firm and an alumni of Vanderbilt University, where she received a B.A. in Health Behaviors and Science with a minor in Communication Studies.

Alexander Orlov, Strategy Director

Alexander develops our strategy into action. He connects our directors and student chapters' efforts and guides effective execution. He holds a background in identifying the intersection between quantitative and qualitative processes through machine learning and robotic process automation (RPA). Originally from Massachusetts, he is an analytics consultant for a DC-based consulting firm and an alumni of Harvard University, where he received a B.S. in Math and Computer Science.

Sebastian Little, Organization Advisor

Sebastian advises our program development for both mentorship and recruitment. He brings in years of experience as a mental performance coach for a variety of schools and athletic teams across the country, specializing in the cross-section of sports psychology, culture, leadership, and emotional intelligence and how they drive performance. Originally from Connecticut, he is a management consultant for a DC-based consulting firm and an alumni of Yale University, where he received a B.A. in Psychology and played Tight-End on Yale's Varsity Football team.

Lauren Olosky, President of the Georgetown University Chapter

Lauren is passionate about developing long-term, sustainable social impact, and earnestly believes in the power and potential of student-to-student mentorships. She is excited to be working with the College Next Door team and carrying through that vision. Originally from Michigan but grew up abroad in Düsseldorf, Germany, she is currently pursuing a B.A. in Culture and Politics at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.

Margaret Nelson, President of The George Washington University Chapter

Margaret helps to facilitate mentor-mentee relationships and develop curriculum for College Next Door's GWU's chapter. Having just gone through the college application process, she hopes to use her own experiences and passion for education equality to aid D.C. high schoolers in their own journeys. Originally from Pennsylvania, she is currently pursuing a B.S. in Economics and Public Health at The George Washington University.

Brianna Gist, Georgetown University Chapter Leadership Team

Brianna grew up on the South Side of Chicago, Illinois, volunteering at Ronald McDonald's House Charities, children's' hospitals, and after-school programs. Brianna is devoted to empowering the next generation of leaders, and is especially excited to work with the CND team to create beneficial, insightful, long-lasting mentorships. Originally from Illinois, she is currently pursuing a dual-degree in Linguistics and Government at the College at Georgetown University.

Charlotte Norris, The George Washington University Leadership Team

Charlotte is the Vice President of the GWU Chapter of College Next Door. She makes sure the program operates efficiently and successfully by helping with the volunteers and logistics. She has experience as a mentor working with elementary and middle school children at multiple after school education programs. She hopes to apply her experiences with past mentees to now aid D.C. high schoolers on their journeys into college or the workforce. Originally from Virginia, she is currently pursuing a B.A. in Political Science with a focus in Public Policy and a minor in Business Administration at The George Washington University.

Stephanie Erksine, The George Washington University Leadership Team

Stephanie helps make sure that the GWU Chapter of College Next Door runs and operates smoothly. As the oldest of three, Stephanie is attuned to the core values of mentorship, and hopes to apply these understandings to work towards education equality in the D.C. high schools. Originally from Pennsylvania, she is currently pursuing a degree in International Affairs with a focus in International Economics and a minor in Business Administration at The George Washington University.

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