Gigi Georges is a research fellow at the Ash Center. She was previously a managing director and co-founder of the New York office of The Glover Park Group, a leading strategic communications consulting firm. Georges has also served as the communications director for the New York City Department of Education under Mayor Michael Bloomberg; as a special assistant to the President in the Clinton White House, where she coordinated domestic policy issues for the National Economic Council; and as Senator Hillary Clintonâ€™s state director. In 2008-09, Georges was a Kennedy School Research Fellow and a contributing author to Stephen Goldsmithâ€™s The Power of Social Innovation: How Civic Entrepreneurs Ignite Community Networks for Good (Jossey-Bass, 2010). She is also co-author and editor of two books: 100 Successful College Application Essays and The Harvard Independentâ€™s Insiderâ€™s Guide to Prep Schools, both published by Penguin Books. She holds a B.A. (Phi Beta Kappa) from Wellesley College, a masterâ€™s degree in public affairs from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University, and a Ph.D. in public administration from NYUâ€™s Wagner School of Public Service.