Choose College Executive Staff

Staff areas of expertise include educational preparedness, curriculum design, training and public outreach. In addition to education conference and workshop development and implementation, our staff has overseen creation and assessment of standardized test preparation methods, development of evaluative measures that gauge student success and design of innovative methods for reaching diverse student populations.

Headquartered in the San Francisco Bay Area, our staff is made up of experts in the fields of education and outreach, with more than a century of combined experience. Our efforts are tailored to connect with youth, educators, parents, and administrators on common ground, and are often a bit “outside of the box.” The extensive experience of our staff is reflected in the diversity of initiatives and programs put forward by the Choose College Educational Foundation.

  • Monique August
    Monique August Executive Director

    Monique August is the Executive Director of Choose College Educational Foundation, Inc.™

    Monique received her BA in Sociology and a MSW with a concentration in Children, Youth and Families from San Jose State University. She has received Non-Profit Business Management training through CSU East Bay Continuing Education Program and Compasspoint. In addition, Monique has received certification in Domestic Violence Counseling and extensive training in Teen Drug and Alcohol Abuse.

    Her passion for enhancing the quality of life for underserved populations has led her to research, create, and manage academic and life enrichment and intervention programs for over 15 years. Monique has worked intensely with families and communities in Alameda, Santa Clara, San Francisco, San Mateo, and Contra Costa Counties.

    Her experience includes working with foster youth, homeless families, group homes and incarcerated youth. Monique’s management experience includes overseeing THE QUAD® and San Jose Cal-SOAP, with each program employing 30+ employees and operating up to 10 academic centers concurrently.

  • Robyn T. Fisher, Ed.D
    Robyn T. Fisher, Ed.D Advisory Board President

    Robyn Fisher, Ed.D, is President of the Advisory Board for Choose College Educational Foundation, Inc.® and President and C.E.O. of R.T. Fisher Educational Enterprises, Inc. (RTF). Since founding RTF in 1999, Dr. Fisher has subsequently co-founded and chaired an umbrella of initiatives directed towards academic excellence in the Bay Area’s communities of color, including both The African American Regional Educational Alliance, Inc. (AAREA), and The Choose College Educational Foundation, Inc. (CCEF).

    Dr. Fisher’s educational consultancy and curriculum design work have impacted students across the state of California for nearly 20 years. Her ever-evolving curriculum and programming models target students’ college readiness through the lens of cultural responsiveness and relevance, presently culminating in the RTF network’s STEM S.T.E.P.S. (Strategies to Empower and Prepare Students for Success) program, which is currently in its fourth year following years of rigorous field research.

    As an independent consultant, Dr. Fisher has lent her expertise to a number of federal, state, and local educational programs, including but not limited to TRIO programs, ARCHES i3SLOPE and ACCESS Math Initiatives, California GEAR UP, the Ronald McNair Scholars Program, the 21st Century Community Learning Centers, and both the University of California and California State University systems.   She currently is the Governor’s appointee to the California Reading and Literature Advisory Board and served two terms as the Senate’s appointee to the Statewide Pupil Assessment Review Panel.

    Prior to founding RTF, Dr. Fisher began her career as a legislative fellow with the California State Senate; going on to serve as a community legislative aide to San Jose Mayor, Susan Hammer; a budget analyst under the mentorship of City Manager, Regina Williams; an Associate Director of San Jose State University’s Pre-College Programs and the Director of the San Jose California Student Opportunity and Access Program.

    Dr. Fisher holds an M.P.A. from San Jose State University in San Jose, California, and a B.A., M.Ed., and Ed. D. from Mills College in Oakland, California.

“Responsibility + Motivation + Organization = Academic Success.”

– Robyn T. Fisher

Our Partner Organizations

As an organization affiliated with R.T. Fisher Educational Enterprises, Inc., Choose College Educational Foundation is able to draw on the facilities and resources of a powerful group of education, outreach, and community-focused organizations to empower youth.

Driven By Vision and Expertise

Every day the Choose College Educational Foundation works tirelessly to promote a college-going culture, drawing on the extensive experience and diverse qualifications and backgrounds of our staff.  This approach is combined with rich media, celebrity voices, and carefully cultivated community engagement to maximize the exposure of our message.

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