Brittney Cleveland

Senior Manager of Partner Engagement | College Greenlight

"The Chicago that I envision shifts the power back to the community -- residents, advocates, and leaders. It employs the firsthand challenges, perspectives, and insights of the people to inform the work that is necessary to resolve systemic barriers that plague our city's most under-resourced communities. Throughout my efforts in edtech and college access advocacy, I intend to develop accessible resources that reflect the voices of those who are doing the work on the ground that uplift our families and communities everyday.”

Undergraduate Degree: University of Chicago, '11

Fun fact: As a community and at-home gardener, I've helped maintain over 50 raised garden beds and grown over 75 unique varieties of fruits and veggies.

Brittney G. Cleveland is a proud first-generation college graduate from Chicago’s Westside. She attended Providence St. Mel High School and received a Bachelor's degree in Public Policy from The University of Chicago.

She has over a decade of experience leveling the access and equity playing field. Selected as the first-hire to launch CollegeGreenlight.com -- a free online college and scholarship resource for first-gen, low-income, and students of color -- Brittney leads the community outreach and partnership development efforts. In her seven-year tenure at College Greenlight, she has had the honor to grow and support a national community of 13,000 registered advisors and 1,450 college access organizations who collectively serve 1.2 million students in their pursuit to higher education.

She is continuously humbled by the incredible work of the access community and captures the weight of counselors’ impact and their needs. Brittney implements counselor insights to inform the tools and resources that counselors need to best support their students and streamline their advising efforts to match students to colleges and scholarships.

Through her work, counselors from marginalized neighborhoods across the country are able to gain visibility and connect with the nation’s most generous colleges to ultimately increase diversity pipelines and organizational partnerships to better support student success.

Outside of work, Brittney is an active member in her community. She is a fourth year Chicago Scholars mentor. She worked part-time as a Garden Educator at Gardeneers – a school garden programs that provides equitable access to healthy food and food education to nearly 2,300 students in Chicago's food deserts. She is honored to join the Chicago Scholar’s 35 under 35 family.