Excelsior in DC

Potential Realized: Knowledge as Opportunity

Excelsior College, an accredited, nonprofit institution of higher education, offers innovative educational solutions to adult learners at all stages in their education.

Our new regional center in northwest Washington, DC is uniquely equipped to help you gain the knowledge and skills needed to compete in today's economy, including government and military sectors. Excelsior College serves professionals in high growth and emerging occupations. We've enabled students to realize their full potential for more than 40 years, and we're still growing strong.

Explore your options here. Empower yourself—seize opportunities and seek knowledge. Leverage your past, reach your potential, and move forward.

What path will you choose?


NCI - Cybersecurity

Headquartered in Washington, DC and with a national footprint, the National Cybersecurity Institute (NCI) assists government, industry, military, and academic sectors meet the challenges in cybersecurity policy, technology, and education. NCI professional training programs will help you increase or enhance your current cybersecurity skills or prepare for a new career through training or preparation for certification.

School of Public Service

Our School of Public Service programs include undergraduate and graduate degrees with concentrations related to careers in government, the military, not-for-profit management, public administration, and criminal justice.

Degree Programs

Degrees and certificates in more than 30 disciplines. Excelsior is the perfect place to get the education you need to maximize your potential. High-quality, convenient, affordable academics offered online from our 5 schools:

An investment in knowledge pays the best interest. ~Benjamin Franklin

Professional/vocational development for employees or members should be a prime consideration when evaluating the need for adding skill sets and expertise in your organization. Retaining or promoting experienced, motivated employees/members by supporting or increasing their potential creates a win-win scenario. From both an organizational and individual standpoint, an investment in knowledge pays the best interest.


Excelsior Partners

Invest in your people and your organization through a partnership with Excelsior. Offer them the opportunity to complete a degree by maximizing previously earned credit.

Our academic partners currently include several community colleges in the DC, Maryland, and Virginia region. We offer academic partner students personalized transfer credit evaluations and on-the-spot transfer advising services during our regular campus visits. See if your community college is an academic partner.


A full-service educational resource for military personnel, veterans, and family members. The Center for Military Education supports success with a range of specialized benefits and programs to help make the most of education.


Lt Col Bryant A. Murray Veterans Center is Excelsior's home for your transition information and support resources. We can help you realize the full potential of your military experience and the education benefits you've earned.

Educational innovation at the speed of need.

We exist to enable education for you, the 21st-century working learner. Today's traditional education system struggles to meet the increased need for greater flexibility, speed, and affordability. Excelsior and the DC Center continue to develop and offer programs and delivery strategies tailored to the evolving needs of today's learners and the communities they live and work in.


Educational Measurement & Assessment

Home of UExcel® exams and Excelsior College® Examinations, serving students and others seeking to earn credit by examination. The Center for Educational Measurement also provides resources for academic and non-academic organizations seeking expertise in various forms of assessment of learning and competency.

Professional Development

150 non-credit programs that can lead to professional certification in a variety of portable careers, and nearly two-thirds of courses qualify for veterans' benefits. Within our Center for Professional Development, the Center for Technology Leadership provides professional development for new and aspiring information technology leaders in higher education.

Regional Staff

Washington DC's regional team has experienced staff serving both current and future Excelsior College students and partners.

DC Center

Dr. Jeanne Contardo
Vice President, Regional Operations

Russell Blowe
Business Development Specialist

Telaekah Brooks, JD
Associate Provost for Academic Initiatives

Reuben Dacher-Shapiro
Program Coordinator

Briana Manente
Executive Assistant/Receptionist

Dang Phommasarn
DC Center Office Administrator

Jim Selbe
Special Advisor to the President

Laurie Winakur
Business Operations Specialist

School of Public Service

Dr. Robert Waters
Dean, School of Public Service

Dr. Karen Bryce
Program Director, MPA

Dr. Brenda Roth
Faculty Program Director, Military Studies

Outreach and Access

Ashley Abedin
Academic Partnership Specialist

Hamisi Amani-Dove
Director of Workforce Partnerships

Lisa Romano
Interim Director of Academic Partnerships

Kailey Soundara
Academic Partnership Manager

National Cybersecurity Institute

Dr. Jane LeClair
Chief Operating Officer

Bray Barnes, JD
Director of Cybersecurity Initiatives

Judy Chang
Administrative Assistant

Nadine Alami

Center for Military Education

Diana Campa
Military Education & Outreach Rep

DC Center Events


Admissions Specific Inquiries
(202) 601-1299

General Inquiries:
Monday through Friday
8:30 am to 5 pm ET
(202) 601-1201


Veterans/Military Email:

Excelsior College
2000 M Street, NW
Suite 500
Washington, D.C. 20036

For Appointments

Contact the Center

Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 5 pm ET


Please have your official transcripts sent to:

Excelsior College
Office of Registration and Records
7 Columbia Circle
Albany, NY 12203-5159