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Peter's Personal Statement

I spent the early part of my career working with kids in classrooms, temporary group homes and at camps for people with disabilities. The spectrum of kids went from the most affluent in the Northeast to those who had no parents, no support and no fighting chance. It was amazing and crushing at the same time. When I decided to move careers the CEO of a local social service NGO told me “you’ll never love anything like you love doing this.” 

Years later, after working in some of the most fun offices in the world, and on some of the most innovative technology ideas that millions of people still use every day, I knew that I wasn’t driven the way I wanted to be. There just wasn’t the same inner passion as I remembered having before. So I packed up my apartment, bought a car, and moved to Colorado to spend the next three months talking with social impact companies all over the state. Hearing about their stories, work and impact was incredible, and it was amazing to have my own drive back! 

I believe that education is the key to opportunity for everyone. Sure, there are lots of other inputs, but educational equity creates the foundation by which all types of people are able to achieve the things we all hold most important: equality, opportunity, upward mobility, and more. That goes for groups of people and individuals. 

Our educational system is built on an archaic structure, but the focus of innovation is slowly realizing the opportunity there. There couldn’t be a more exciting and impactful time to be working in education, and I couldn’t be more excited to help make an impact like the one Indigo is having. 

We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.
— Martin Luther King, Jr.