Brett Kimmel is Chief Program Officer, College Access and Success, at America Achieves. In this role he helps lead CollegePoint, a national initiative designed to significantly move the needle on the number of high performing low- and moderate-income students attending the best colleges in the country. From 2006-2015 Brett was founding principal of Washington Heights Expeditionary Learning School (WHEELS), a high performing New York City public school. In 2014 President Barack Obama highlighted the success of WHEELS in two speeches, including the State of the Union Address. From 2002-2006, Brett was Assistant Principal at Intermediate School 143 in the Washington Heights section of Manhattan. Prior to becoming Assistant Principal in 2002, he was Project Director for Extended Learning Opportunities at New York University’s Metropolitan Center for Urban Education. Brett is a Teach for America alumnus and taught 5th grade in Houston, Texas. He holds a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Political Science from University of Michigan and a Master’s Degree in Education Administration from New York University. Brett was a 2010 Cahn Fellow for Distinguished New York City Principals at Teachers College, Columbia University and from 2012 to 2015 he completed an America Achieves Principal Fellowship. Since 2012 he has served on the Board of Directors of Blue Engine, Inc. Brett was featured in Wendy Kopp’s book A Chance to Make History and he and WHEELS have been profiled on NBC’s Today Show and in The New York Times.