Gabriel Fotsing is the Founder and CEO of The College Initiative. He is responsible for the overall strategic direction of the organization and plays a lead role in its development and partnership relationship management activities. Gabriel acts as the primary representative of The College Initiative to the external community, including funders, partners, and peer organizations. In 2010, Gabriel received a B.A. from Harvard University where he studied Economics and French.
During his time at Harvard, Gabriel worked as a research assistant for Professor Josh Lerner, and analyzed the open source market place for the book The Comingled Code: Open Source and Economic Development. He also worked as a manager and board of director at Harvard Student Agencies, the largest student-run business in the world, where he directed operations and strategy for 200 employees leading to more than $450,000 in gross revenues. Upon graduation, Gabriel joined Teach for America and was placed in the Mississippi Delta where he taught French, Physical Science, and AP Biology at Lee Senior High School.
While at Lee Senior High School, Gabriel mentored students on college and scholarships applications leading to students earning over $900,000 in scholarships. He also raised $46,000 in donations and took 10 students on an eight-day educational field trip to Paris, France.
Gabriel is originally from Cameroon. He came to the United States in 2000. When he was in high school, he knew that he wanted to go to college, but he also knew that his parents could not afford to pay for his college education. So, while in high school, he read all the books he could find pertaining to college admissions, scholarships, and standardized test preparation. His senior year, he applied to 10 different colleges and was accepted to all 10. With The College Initiative, his vision is to ensure that all students, regardless of zip code, have the opportunity to attend and graduate from college.