Cynthia Rivera Weissblum is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Edwin Gould Foundation, which invests in organizations that help motivated low-income students get to and through college. Under her leadership, EGF, has also become an incubator for nonprofits focused on that mission. It is Ms. Rivera Weissblum’s fundamental belief that intelligence, hard work and grit, not family income, should determine who succeeds in the American education system. To that end, she often speaks to policy makers, journalists, thought leaders and program specialists to inform legislation and craft programs designed to address the financial, academic and social obstacles that prevent low-income students from succeeding in college. Ms. Rivera Weissblum has served as Director of the New York State Mentoring Program, then later, as CEO of Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO), which developed SEO Scholars, one of the premier college preparatory programs in the country. She currently sits on the board of Philanthropy New York, Year Up, Fund for Modern Courts and is a member of Hispanics in Philanthropy, New America Alliance and the Donor’s Forum, to name a few. She is a frequent television commentator and has lectured at Columbia University, the Philanthropy Roundtable Annual Conference, the National Council for Community and Education Partnership and the New America Alliance Wall Street Summit. Ms. Rivera Weissblum is married and has two children. Click here to hear her remarks to first-generation college graduates when she received an honorary degree from Mercy College.