Khori Whittaker - Excelsior College
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President and CEO of Lighthouse Academies
Khori Whittaker is the president and CEO of Lighthouse Academies, a network of K–12 charter academies serving students in under-resourced communities in several states. Lighthouse schools prepare scholars for college and career through a rigorous arts-infused program with high school graduation rates and college acceptance rates regularly exceeding 90 percent.
Whittaker began his career as a fifth-grade teacher in Long Beach, California, through the Teach for America program, and continued his commitment to education as an early employee of InsideTrack Inc., working to improve college access and completion for students across the country. He headed its recruiting department during a critical growth phase and led InsideTrack's Community College Impact Initiative team, pioneering customized student coaching programs on community college campuses.
Whittaker also served as an assistant director for undergraduate admission at Stanford University. He launched and led the statewide grassroots and community engagement team at the Foundation for Florida's Future education organization. He has served on the board of directors of Global Glimpse Inc., and currently serves on the board of directors of the Greater Tampa Bay Chamber of Commerce. He also serves on the advisory boards of the Drug Free America Foundation and the Arkansas Public School Resource Center.