Mary Anne Schmitt-Carey

P-12, Higher Ed

  • Access
  • Community involvement
  • Federal policy
  • State policy

Mary Anne Schmitt-Carey is president of Say Yes to Education, a national nonprofit that galvanizes communities by helping make a scholarship available for every public high school graduate. Say Yes also helps communities set milestones along the pathway to post-secondary readiness, and to organize and deliver supports intended to eliminate barriers to achievement, particularly for students from low-income backgrounds. For six years Schmitt-Carey was president and CEO of New American Schools, which merged with American Institutes for Research, helping that nonprofit grow from a pilot to the model for Comprehensive School Reform, a national school improvement program. During 11 years at NAS, Schmitt-Carey also served as chief operating officer, vice president and director of communications and public policy. She was previously director of the Goals 2000 Community Project at the U.S. Department of Education, where she created and managed a support network for communities seeking to improve education. She earned her master’s degree from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and graduated magna cum laude from SUNY Albany with a bachelor’s in political science and English.