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Eric Adler

1998 Global Fellow
Founder of SEED Foundation with Rajiv Vinnakota

Eric Adler 1998 Global Fellow

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Use a standards-based, college-preparatory model that provides children with the academic, organizational, and professional life skills and supports that enable each child to attend and succeed in college.


The SEED Foundation, Inc. is an organization devoted to bringing outstanding educational opportunities to under served inner city communities. The Foundation's first project is the SEED School of Washington, D.C., the nation's only public access college prep boarding school for inner city children. Now in its tenth year of operation, the SEED School has already seen impressive academic and social gains in its students, and the School’s first four graduating classes have earned 97% rates of admission to colleges.


Eric Adler is co-founder and Managing Director of The SEED Foundation. Eric taught high school physics for eight years and was dean of students at St. Paul's School in Baltimore, before earning an MBA in finance from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He has worked as a management consultant to Fortune 500 clients, the principal of an investment advisory firm, and an adjunct faculty member of the Johns Hopkins University Graduate Division of Business and Management. He is a graduate of the Sidwell Friends School and of Swarthmore College, where he earned degrees in engineering and economics. Eric was named a Washingtonian of the Year by Washingtonian magazine, is a 2001 recipient of the Manhattan Institute's Outstanding Social Entrepreneurship Award and received both an Oprah Winfrey "Use Your Life" Award and a Fast Company/Monitor Group's Social Capitalist Award.

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