The Hope Center


Angela Baggetta

Angela Baggetta has worked in public relations for two decades, after beginning her career as a print journalist in Washington, DC, and New England. She has worked with authors to launch their books, literary organizations to announce festivals and awards, and nonprofits to promote reports and research. Among the notable individuals with whom she has worked are Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz, Holberg Prize-winning legal scholar Cass Sunstein, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, Sen. Olympia Snowe, Joe Nocera, Bethany McLean, Arlie Russell Hochschild, Yascha Mounk, Diane Ravitch, and the Hope Center’s Sara Goldrick-Rab on the launch of Paying the Price. Click here to learn more.

Frank Chi

Frank Chi is a media adviser to the Hope Center. He is an award-winning filmmaker, creative director, and digital media strategist. Since 2016, his videos on behalf of clients and partners across the progressive coalition have garnered almost 40 million views and more than 1.5 million engagements on social media, and have been recognized by The Washington Post, NBC News, and ABC Newsamong others as films “sure to give you chills.” Frank was also part of the team that created the “Notorious RBG” meme honoring Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and was featured in the movie RBG. He’s been profiled in Communications Arts and has written for The Washington Post. A native of New Haven, Connecticut, Frank holds a degree in Government and African-American Studies from Bowdoin College. He lives in Washington, DC. Click here to learn more.

Monique Curry-Mims

As Principal of Civic Capital Consulting, Monique oversees all business development and client implementation. She​ has over 15 years of development and leadership experience in both the nonprofit and for-profit sectors providing development, marketing, and strategic planning professionals with experience in graphic design, branding, and public relations. As a Penn State MBA graduate who holds a BS in Digital Design from Philadelphia University and an MSEd from Walden University, Monique has an ​innovative approach to developing education and nonprofit organizations.  

Eileen Horng

Eileen Horng is an independent education research consultant and founder of Evaluation, Research and Assessment Solutions. She provides project management for the full project cycle including: planning, grant writing, executing (data collection and analysis), monitoring progress, reporting to stakeholders, and disseminating results. She also provides third-party data de-identification services. Eileen received a BA in Human Biology (with a concentration on education and child development) from Stanford University and a PhD in Education (in the Urban Schooling Division) from the University of California, Los Angeles. She has previously been a Project Director at the Institute for Research on Education Policy and Practice at Stanford University, the Director of Research, Assessment and Accountability for the Redwood City School District, and an elementary school teacher. Click here to learn more.

Max Lubin

Max Lubin

Max Lubin is the CEO of Rise, Inc. a graduate student at the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley, and a former Obama Administration appointee at the U.S. Department of Education. At the U.S. Department of Education, Max helped shape more than $1 billion in annual investments in innovative schools, nonprofit organizations, and institutions of higher education nationwide. Previously, Max worked on local, state, and national electoral and advocacy campaigns focused on advancing equity and opportunity.

The Hope Center/RISE partnership is an effort to grow and lead college affordability advocacy campaigns nationwide. It pairs the Hope Center’s scholars, advocates, and education experts with student and youth advocates who can build powerful campaigns to address concerning findings identified by researchers. 

Natalie Robb

Natalie Robb is the owner and designer at Robb Design Co. a small branding and design studio based in rusty Pittsburgh, Pa. With a friendly and forward thinking approach, they work with startups, non-profits, and large businesses. Natalie assists with website and report design for the Hope Center, most recently creating the spring 2019 #RealCollege reports and the new website for the College and University Food Bank Alliance.

Samantha Swaim

Samantha Swaim has worked in nonprofit fundraising and event production for over 20 years and has passion for working for a purpose. She comes from theatre + TV production roots with a focus on details and a vision for the big picture. She believes that great events are made better when they share a story and have impact. Sam and her team at Swaim Strategies are leading event planning for our #RealCollege 2019 convening.


Rise is a student-led nonprofit organization advocating for free public higher education with more than 25,000 students and supporters nationwide. Since its founding, Rise has led successful campaign to enact two years of free community college in California, to stop public university tuition hikes, and win hundreds of millions of dollars in new state funding for students. 

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