Meet Our Leadership Team
Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Oscar Wang founded CollegeTogether in 2013 much to the chagrin of his parents, who assumed that "non-profit" meant that he would never take a salary. After calming their fears, he then neglected to tell them that he did not have office space and proceeded to start the organization by stealing WiFi at a mix of boba tea and coffee shops across Philadelphia. Today, CollegeTogether's Philly College Team program has served over 150 students at Philadelphia's largest college at an 81% retention rate. August 2018 saw the launch of HospitalityTogether, an entirely new conception of higher education that fuses digital college courses, new forms of credentialing, in-person tutoring and social support, and workforce development.
Oscar was the founder of E.M. Stanton Elementary School’s Civics and Rhetoric Program and the 2012 Samuel S. Fels Fellow for the School Reform Commission. His public education experience includes time at the Philadelphia Public School Notebook, the office of the Chief Financial Officer of the School District of Philadelphia, and Superintendent William Hite's Strategy Delivery Unit. Oscar is a proud graduate of Haverford College with a B.A. in Political Science and a minor in Education Studies. He is a member of Haverford's Alumni Association Executive Committee and is an alumnus of New Leaders Council.
A native of San Marino, California (where the Eagleton scenes in Parks and Recreation were filmed), Oscar has fallen in love with Philadelphia. He has a controversial pick for best cheesesteak in town and, in his free time, enjoys eating lots of food, reading, meeting new people, seeking out happy hours, and doing impressions of random famous people. And yes, he still frequents those boba shops.
Chief Operating Officer
Judy Ni brings over a decade of experience in the hospitality industry—most notably having worked at the acclaimed Blue Hill at Stone Barns as well as serving as General Manager of The Farm and Fisherman in Philadelphia alongside her husband Andy Tessier who served as the restaurant’s Chef de Cuisine. In 2017, she realized a lifelong dream of opening up bao•logy, a modern Taiwanese eatery honoring the culture’s tradition of combining well-sourced, local ingredients with loving preparation.
Judy has played a leading role in the creation and launch of HospitalityTogether. Specifically, she chairs the Credentialing Committee, is responsible for workforce-side curriculum and program design, and manages all placement partners. She oversees organizational operations and finances on a day to day basis.
She lives in Philadelphia with Andy, their dogs Spock and Bleu, Barry the Cat, and five Chinchillas (Pepper, Ava, Madison, Piggles, and Millie).
Director of Academic Advancement
Emily Stokes is a dedicated educator who has made writing, teaching, and mentoring her life passions. She is the mastermind behind Philly College Team's Study Lounge space and concept (this role has involved multiple trips to Dollar Stores and IKEAs). She has been a professor of English at Community College of Philadelphia and a Reading/English Specialist in the college's Learning Lab since 2013. Emily has a wealth of experience working with students at all academic levels and of multiple learning styles.
Emily is in charge of Philly College Team's Checkpoints student support curriculum and is spearheading academic-side program design for HospitalityTogether, with a focus on reading and writing courses. She also leads our assessment team and all Learning Advisors.
She received her MFA in poetry from Sarah Lawrence College (2013). She also tutors students individually in writing, the ACT, and the Kaplan Nursing examination.
Our Board of Directors
Director of Financial Operations | Anne Arundel County Public Schools
Former Chief Financial Officer | School District of Philadelphia
Former Chief Financial Officer | Prince George's County Public Schools
Senior Manager, Strategy and Development | American Express
Frontend Web Developer | Simons Foundation
Former Special Education Teacher | School District of Philadelphia
Vice President, MLPs & Energy Infrastructure | Janney Montgomery Scott LLC.
Managing Partner | Tuan Olona LLP