Michael J. Carter


Founder, President & CEO

Michael founded Strive for College from his dorm room when he was a freshman at Washington University in St. Louis. He also studied at Oxford University and Georgetown University, before graduating cum laude from Washington University in St. Louis in 2010. After graduating, Michael established Strive’s headquarters in Silicon Valley. Michael has attracted substantial funding and partnerships from leading foundations, philanthropists and corporations. Michael is deeply involved in the Silicon Valley tech community, having consulted and advised for multiple startups. Michael was named a 2011 Echoing Green Fellow, a 2012 Bluhm Helfand Social Innovation Fellow, a 2013 CNN Hero, a ’30 Under 30’ honoree in education in Forbes in 2015, and one of Gentry magazine’s Top 50 Bay Area Philanthropists for 2016.

  • Washington University in St. Louis
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