Chief Executive Officer
Since 2005, Bob Giannino has served as the Chief Executive Officer of uAspire. uAspire is a national leader in providing college affordability services to young people, families and college access and success practitioners. Through local operations in Massachusetts (Boston, Lawrence, Fall River, Somerville, Malden and Cambridge) and the San Francisco Bay Area, training partnerships in 27 states, and a national virtual advising effort that has trained more than 2,000 practitioners, this year, uAspire will impact the lives of more than 350,000 young people. In his time, Bob has overseen the growth of uAspire from a small, local organization serving 1,000 young people in Boston to a national, award-winning, organization reaching 27 states and 350,000 students nationwide each year.
Prior to joining uAspire, Bob served in numerous roles at Jumpstart for Young Children, including serving on the National Management Team, most recently in the role as Vice President of Business Development and Government Relations. Bob is on the Faculty of the Institute for Nonprofit Practice and serves on numerous Boards including Idealist.org, the world’s largest non-profit internet job site, Root Cause and Harvard’s Phillips Brooks House Association, as well as the Advisory Boards of Excel Academy Charter Schools and Noonan Scholars. In 2015, Bob was awarded the prestigious Barr Fellowship for his “outstanding contribution to the Boston community and potential to drive positive change for years to come.” Over the years, Bob has also been recognized by New Profit, Freedom House, Social Capital Inc, the Boston Business Journal, the Harvard Club of Boston, and the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities. As the first in his family to attend college, a product of the Somerville (MA) Public Schools, and a graduate of Harvard College, Bob knows the vital role that strong financial guidance and minimizing debt plays in ensuring a strong economic future. Bob resides in Dorchester, Massachusetts and his son, Connor, is a Second Year City Year Corps Member.