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Nick Ehrmann

Nick Ehrmann is the Founder and past President of Blue Engine, a pioneering nonprofit that harnesses the power of teamwork to improve educational outcomes for young people. Founded in 2009, Blue Engine recruits, trains, and supports diverse teams of college graduates to reduce student-instructor ratios and help students prepare for success in higher education. Blue Engine has deployed $20M+ in public and private funding to serve over 8,000 students and 250 teachers in New York City public schools, building a results-driven model backed by leading impact funders including the Robin Hood Foundation, the Carnegie Foundation, the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation, and New Schools Venture Fund. Blue Engine’s approach has been covered by The New York Times, Forbes, Time, the Today Show, Chalkbeat, Education Week, and CNN.

The recipient of many honors, Ehrmann was recognized by President Clinton at the 5th Annual Clinton Global Initiative in the fall of 2009. He was named an Echoing Green Fellow in 2010, a Draper Richards Kaplan Fellow in 2011, and received the Manhattan Institute’s Richard Cornuelle Award for Social Entrepreneurship in 2014. During the 2017-18 academic year, Ehrmann joined Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government as a joint Visiting Social Innovator (VSI) at the Social Innovation and Change Initiative and Visiting Hauser Leader at the Center for Public Leadership. He continues to serve as a Beck VSI at SICI.

Born and raised in Indianapolis, IN, Ehrmann attended North Central High School, where he was inducted into the NCHS Alumni Hall of Fame in 2016. He lives in New York City with his wife, Annie, their three sons, and two (1 year-old) twins.