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 110 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 Sunday Breakfast Club and Haverford's Alumni Association Executive Committee. He is also 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.
Judy Ni brings over a decade of experience in the hospitality industry—most notably having worked at the acclaimed Blue Hill at Stone Barns. She served as General Manager of The Farm and Fisherman in Philadelphia alongside her husband Andy Tessier, who was 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 Philly College Team
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. 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.
Director of Programming
Dustin Rodgers has been a leader within and advocate of higher education for over a decade. He manages all direct service programming, assists with development, oversees all program staff, helps develop overall strategy, is in charge of admissions and onboarding, and oversees our multiple college partnerships.
He is a proud graduate of the University of Florida with a B.A. in History and a M.A. in Education. He began his educational career as a high school teacher in Alachua County, Florida. He moved to Philadelphia in 2011, transitioning into higher ed recruitment at a career and technical school, eventually becoming a Regional High School Director. In 2014, he joined the admissions team at the Community College of Philadelphia as a Senior Admissions Recruiter and currently is also an adjunct faculty member.
As a community college graduate himself, Dustin knows firsthand the value and impact of a robust public education sector. Every student, he believes, deserves access to a higher ed pathway beyond high school: a pathway that provides them with marketable skills, the opportunity to pursue their professional goals, and a chance to better their lives.
He lives in Point Breeze with his wife Holly, their two-year old daughter Grace Joy, and their basset hound Rosalind.
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