Earl Phalen 1993 fellow
Transform the academic acheivements, self-confidence, and life trajectories of children in under-resourced, urban communities.
For more than two decades, Earl Martin Phalen has led entrepreneurial ventures recognized for their innovative, effective, and scalable approaches to increasing access to high-quality out-of-school learning opportunities for all children. He is the founder of Summer Advantage U.S.A., CEO of Reach Out and Read, and co-founder and former CEO of BELL. Earl has been recognized at the BET Awards, is a Mind Trust and Ashoka Fellow, and is a three-time recipient of Fast Company’s Social Capitalist Award. In 1997, President Clinton awarded Earl the President’s Service Award for outstanding community service. He holds a BA in political science from Yale University and a JD from Harvard Law School.