Ms. Lynsey Wood Jeffries

National CEO
Washington, District of Columbia
United States


Lynsey Wood Jeffries is the National CEO of Higher Achievement, which serves more than 1100 middle school scholars in four states with year-round expanded learning and mentoring. After five years as a Higher Achievement volunteer mentor, Ms. Jeffries joined the professional staff in 2005 as Director of Grants. From 2008-2012, she served executive director for Higher Achievement - DC Metro, growing the annual revenues from $1.7 million to $2.8 million. Prior to joining Higher Achievement, Ms. Jeffries served as a program officer for the Fannie Mae Foundation, and a congressional liaison and special assistant to the CEO at NeighborWorks. Ms. Jeffries holds a B.A. in English and sociology from Wake Forest University. She earned a master's degree in public administration from the University of Pittsburgh, with a concentration in nonprofit management. She was named one of the top 12 nonprofit leaders in the U.S. under age 40 by the Independent Sector and American Express, is a member of Leadership Greater Washington Class of 2011, is a Presidio Institute Fellow, W.K. Kellog Foundation Fellow, and is a founding board member of Mundo Verde Public Charter School.