Founder and President

Judith Berry Griffin


Ms. Griffin founded Pathways to College in 1991 while serving as national president of A Better Chance. Her vision was to create an after-school initiative to help high-potential students of color develop critical thinking skills and habits of mind to make achieving a college education an attainable goal. In 2003, she launched Pathways as an independent non-profit organization that continues to grow under her leadership.

Ms. Griffin was executive assistant to the assistant secretary for elementary and secondary education at the U.S. Department of Education. She has been an elementary school principal and a visiting lecturer/faculty member at three colleges. She is the author of three acclaimed children’s books.

Ms. Griffin earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Chicago and her graduate degrees from the University of Chicago and Columbia University. She was awarded an honorary doctorate by Gettysburg College. In 2008, she was a recipient of the Harold W. McGraw Prize in Education, which celebrates innovation, inspiration, and impact on students.