William Goodloe is President & CEO of Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO), a national nonprofit organization based in New York City, with offices in San Francisco and London, England. Under William’s guidance, SEO has gained widespread recognition for developing high-impact programs that prepare underserved and/or underrepresented young people for college and career success.
SEO serves nearly 2,000 young people each year and achieves exceptional results, with programs that include SEO Scholars and SEO Career. SEO Scholars is an eight-year academic program that guides underserved public high school students to and through college—with a 90% college graduation rate. SEO Career recruits and trains Black and Hispanic college students for corporate summer internships, with over 80% of 2015 and 2016 interns earning full-time offers for coveted entry-level jobs.
Since William joined SEO in 2001, the number of young people served annually has quadrupled and annual revenues have tripled. William also directed the launch of The Campaign for SEO, which allowed SEO to fully fund the purchase of a new headquarters.
From 1996 through 2001, William was Executive Director of Inner-City Scholarship Fund, which raises funds to assist Catholic schools serving children from low-income families. During his tenure, scholarships to students and capital repairs to schools increased dramatically as a result of more than $100 million raised in annual and endowment funds.
Previously, William served as Vice President of the Center for Youth Development after beginning his career in advertising and sales management, including positions with Procter & Gamble and Corning Inc.
William is currently a trustee of the Altman Foundation and serves on the advisory board of Columbia University’s M.S. Program in Fundraising Management. He was appointed by Mayor Bloomberg to serve on the NYC Commission for Economic Opportunity. William is former board President of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Greater New York Chapter.
William received his MBA from Columbia Business School and his undergraduate degree from American University.
Johnson has a special affinity for SEO Scholars. He was architect of the modern version of SEO Scholars—and is working tirelessly to help SEO Scholars close the academic achievement gap. As Executive Vice President, Julian Johnson oversees all program activities for SEO Scholars, SEO Career, and SEO Alternative Investments, in addition to all SEO alumni programming. Julian joined SEO in 2002, bringing over twenty years of experience in development and executive leadership to the organization.
Shortly after joining SEO, Julian led the restructuring of all intern recruitment and training activities for SEO Career, resulting in a 40% increase in the rate of full-time job offers made to summer interns. In the early 2000’s, Julian also led the development of a corporate leadership internship track which provided opportunities for students of color to intern at Fortune companies. He restructured the law internship track and the development of an intensive Corporate Law Institute to enhance the academic performance of SEO Career interns in their first year of law school.
In 2006, Julian assumed oversight of SEO Scholars and led the organization’s effort to re-think how out-of-school time could be used more effectively to close the academic achievement gap for underserved minority students. This led to the creation of the current SEO Scholars model which uses the equivalent of a sixth day of school per week to help underserved public high school students gain the needed academic skills for college readiness and success. The new model also provides comprehensive support for Scholars throughout college, until graduation. Since then, SEO Scholars has tripled the number of students served to more than 1,000 in the 2015-16 academic year. The program has also been replicated in San Francisco.
In 2009, Julian oversaw the development of SEO Alternative Investments, which includes a fellowship program and an annual SEO Alternative Investments Conference.
Previously, Julian was Director of Development and Corporate Partnerships at the Institute of International Education (IIE) where he helped to develop the IIE Scholar Rescue Fund. He has also held senior development and executive positions at Teach for America, Associated Black Charities of New York, A Better Chance and the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund. He holds Master’s Degrees in Developmental Psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University and in Non-Profit Management from the New School. Julian presently serves on the board of trustees of the Institute of International Education and on several scholarship and fellowship review committees.
Hau sweats the details—everything from operations, budgeting, teacher recruitment, badgering kids about homework and doling out granola bars. She reflects the culture of the program: simultaneously warm and demanding. She began her career as a middle school English teacher in Japan as part of the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program followed by a Fulbright Teaching Assistantship in Korea. After attending graduate school at Columbia University’s Teachers College, she taught in a NYC public school and then moved into education administration at Berkeley College. Before becoming the head of SEO Scholars, she did teacher training and product development for educational software and textbook companies including Houghton Mifflin and Kaplan K12 Learning Services. Millie holds a BA from Bucknell University and an MA from Columbia University’s Teachers College.
As Vice President, Ays Necioglu oversees the highly-successful college support, retention, and success components of SEO Scholars including all college programming and advising, a model she built from the ground up when she joined SEO Scholars in 2006. Her work has resulted in phenomenal graduation rates for the underrepresented college students served: 95% graduate from college within six years and 80% graduate in four. To achieve these goals, Ays designed a specialized evidence-based advising technique and oversees the implementation of this technique across her team in addition to the conceptualization and development of annual workshops and seminars focused on academic achievement and career development. Ays and her team serve 413 college students attending 147 schools across 22 states, including SEO Scholars San Francisco college students.
Ays also oversees college support for JPMorgan’s The Fellowship Initiative participants in addition to the implementation of UBS NextGen Leaders, a collaborative venture with UBS in response to President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper initiative. This partnership provides college success support to 125 college-bound African American and Latino 12th grade males from New York City, Newark, NJ, Weehawken, NJ and Stamford, CT starting in 2015.
Ays is a New York State Licensed Master Social Worker and a Field Instructor for graduate students from Columbia University School of Social Work and Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service. Prior to joining SEO, she spent a year at the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) headquarters researching post-crisis development indicators, held a one-year graduate internship at Planned Parenthood, and worked as a program development consultant at LearnServeEthiopia. Ays holds an MS in Social Enterprise Administration from Columbia University, an Advanced Certificate in Clinical Practice with Adolescents from New York University Silver School of Social Work, and a BA from Vassar College. She is a member of National Association of Social Workers, National Network for Social Work Managers, and the International Association for Youth Mental Health.