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. 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 Fisher, Advisory Board President
Robyn Fisher is the President of the Advisory Board for Choose College Educational Foundation, Inc. and of RTFisher Educational Enterprises, Inc, the founding and management organization of the Choose College Educational Foundation, the QUAD, and the Education Institute.
In 1999, Robyn founded R.T. Fisher Educational Enterprises (RTF), an educational and public outreach consulting firm with a mission to design and implement programs that enhance student learning and success from preschool through college. She has consulted statewide and nationally with the College Board, Upward Bound, the Ronald McNair Scholars Program, the College Board, 21st Century Learning Centers, as well as with the California Community Colleges, University of California and California State University systems.
With more than 20 years of public service beginning with the California State Senate and then with the City of San Jose, Robyn’s career in education began at San Jose State University where she developed and managed programs designed to increase the college-going culture in local high schools, including the California Student Opportunity and Access Program (Cal-SOAP), the California Academic Learning Excellence Program (CAL-E), the Parent Education Program (PEP) and the Collaborative Training Institute (CTI). Her ties to Sacramento enhanced these programs as she worked closely with the California Student Aid Commission and the California Postsecondary Education Commission.