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Achieve Hartford! Receives Grant from the Travelers Foundation for Accountability

Community Engagement, and Research Programming (August 14, 2015) –

Hartford, Connecticut (August 14, 2015) – Achieve Hartford! announced today that the Travelers Foundation has awarded the organization $150,000 for its strategy: Accountability, Community Engagement, and Research.

“Partnering with Achieve Hartford! is a natural fit for us,” said Erin Haberman, Program Officer, Travelers Foundation. “Travelers is committed to improving academic success and educational equity for Hartford Public School students, and Achieve Hartford!’s values and mission align well with what we aim to accomplish.”

Activities of the strategy include the execution of Achieve Hartford!’s publications, student centered blended learning, degree completion, research, and school choice and data initiatives ( the first online tool of its kind in the nation.

“We thank the Travelers Foundation, a founding partner of Achieve Hartford!, for their dedicated support. Their commitment to our organization has helped position us to lead both local and state-wide agencies in collaborative capacity-building efforts to accelerate school improvement,” said Paul Diego Holzer, Achieve Hartford!’s executive director.

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Achieve Hartford! Appoints Katharine Chaney-Jones to Board

Katharine Chaney-Jones, a Financial Services Representative with the Barnum Financial Group, an office of MetLife and part of the MetLife Premier Client Group, has been named to the Achieve Hartford! Board of Directors, the non-profit education advocacy organization announced today.
“Katharine has had a highly successful business career marked by a strong commitment to improving the lives of others, and we are very pleased to have her join the board,” said Paul Diego Holzer, Executive Director, Achieve Hartford!  “Her understanding of educational issues, her energy, and her extensive experience working with people from all walks of life will be a valuable resource for the entire organization,” Mr. Holzer added.
“Helping people of all ages become more financially literate is a major value and goal of mine, and that commitment led to my providing workshops in the Hartford Public Schools among other places in the community, “noted Ms. Chaney-Jones.  I am honored to be part of an organization that is working so diligently on positive systemic change in education and is providing such benefit to the community.”
Ms. Chaney-Jones and her team at Barnum provide financial guidance to individuals, families, businesses and non-profits across the state on issues such as retirement and estate planning, among others. Her professional awards include being named a Five Star Wealth Manager for 2012 and 2013 and Five Star Wall Street Journal award as one of the top 10 wealth managers for the east coast area for 2014.  She is a life member and the CT State Chair, Communications Committee, for the Million Dollar Round Table, recognized internationally as the standard of sales excellence in the life insurance and financial services industries.

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