Raymond JohnCEO & Co-Founder 12+
Raymond John is the Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of 12+, an education non-profit dedicated to increasing educational equity by building school cultures that inspire academic achievement and empower students to pursue education beyond the 12th grade.
Prior to starting 12+, Raymond graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2008, pre-med, with a B.A. in Psychology. He then moved to New York to conduct clinical research at the Hospital for Special Surgery as a precursor to pursuing a career in medicine. During this time, Raymond also worked at the Bowery Residents Committee, a non-profit dedicated to ending homelessness in the city. It was through this experience that he developed the conviction to redirect his career path and focus his efforts to addressing poverty within the inner city. His steadfast belief in education as a means to break the ongoing cycle of poverty and his heart for Philadelphia brought him back to the city of his alma mater to partner with his close friends and start 12+.
In 2012, Raymond was bestowed the City Council Citation of Honor and Recognition for his work in Education. In 2013, he was awarded the Philadelphia Supporting Entrepreneurship in Education Grant, and was recently selected as a Fellow for the 2014 Philadelphia Social Innovations Lab.