About America Succeeds

America Succeeds is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit committed to improving equity, access, and opportunity in education.

America Succeeds was founded in 2014 with a vision of building public education systems to prepare every student to succeed in the competitive global economy and contribute to their local community. For us, that means ensuring business leaders are engaged as education champions. It is our belief that businesses have the obligation, opportunity, and capacity to foster greater student achievement, build an educated workforce pipeline, and protect our future economic vitality.

America Succeeds is uniquely positioned between business and the education policy sector. Our portfolio of work bridges and connects these two distinct constituencies, with advocacy efforts aimed at larger culture change and policy efforts to help move the education system towards our vision.


Elevating promising policies and practices aligned to America Succeeds’ five core principles


Leading persuasive national advocacy to improve education systems through a business lens


Increasing our impact by continually expanding our network of business and education partners

Mission, Vision, & Theory of Change

Mission: To engage business leaders in modernizing education systems to drive equity and opportunity.

Vision: Every student is prepared to succeed in the competitive global economy and contribute to their local community.

Theory of Change: Education is guided by state policy and change is most impactful at the state level. Systems change requires the active engagement of multiple stakeholders. Business leaders have the opportunity, obligation, and capacity to fight for kids and strengthen our education system.

America Succeeds Core Principles

America Succeeds’ policy and advocacy work is rooted in five core principles. These principles, which are critical to the success of any business, are equally as important in transforming the education system.


Putting students first in all policies and practices


Assigning direct responsibility for excellence in outcomes throughout the system


Enabling public access to clear, detailed financial and performance data

Return on Investment

Effectively investing limited resources to achieve desired student outcomes

Choice & Innovation

Empowering parents and students to choose – and educators to create – the best learning environments