Board Bio - Herb Tillery

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Herb Tillery, Board Member

Executive Director, College Success Foundation – District of Columbia

Herbert R. Tillery is the Executive Director of the College Success Foundation – District of Columbia, a nonprofit that provides college scholarships, mentoring, academic enrichment and support services to low-income, underserved students, 7th grade through college completion. 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 Public 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.

Mr. Tillery’s community service includes membership 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.