Herbert R. Tillery



Herbert R. Tillery is the Executive Director of the College Success Foundation - District of Columbia, a non-profit that annually provides approximately 1,500 low-income, underserved students, the academic, social, emotional, and financial supports they need to graduate from high school on-time, complete college and thrive in life. The Foundation provides a consistent and long-term presence in student’s lives, beginning in middle school and continuing through college graduation. Additionally, he co-chairs the city-wide Raise DC Partnership.

Herb served his country with distinction for over 26 years and retired with the rank of Colonel, U.S. Army. He has held various senior executive leadership positions, most notable, Deputy Mayor for Operations, Government of the District of Columbia; Chief of Staff, District of Columbia Schools; Chief of Staff, Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Personnel Support, Families and Education; and an Inspector General for the Army.

A 2017 winner of the Center for Nonprofit Advancement Gelman Rosenberg and Freedman, Excellence in Chief Executive Leadership (EXCEL) Award, Mr. Tillery's community service includes terms on the Board of Directors, National College Access Network; the Board of Directors, Greater Washington Urban League; the Board of Directors, Washington DC Police Foundation; the Board of Advisors, The George Washington University School of Public Policy & Public Administration; member, Leadership Greater Washington and, an inductee to the North Carolina A&T State University ROTC Hall of Fame. He is also a Life Member of the ROCKS, Inc. and Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.

Born in North Carolina and raised in Washington, D.C., Mr. Tillery graduated from Theodore Roosevelt High School. He received his bachelor's degree in sociology from North Carolina A&T State University and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army in 1970. While on active duty, he earned a Master's of Public Administration degree from Jacksonville State University.


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