Mindy Popp, the managing director and principal consultant, has worked in various positions with college and secondary school students, including college counseling, college admissions and financial aid, residential life, teaching and advising. Her school-based counseling roles include serving as a long-term substitute school counselor at the Advanced Math and Science Academy Charter School and as the Associate Director of College Counseling at The Cambridge School of Weston. Prior to working as a school college counselor, she served as the college counselor for Chyten Educational Services. Before joining the staff at Chyten, Mindy worked as a Senior Assistant Director of Admission at Wellesley College. During her tenure there, she developed a comprehensive understanding of critical factors considered and emphasized in the college application process. Mindy reviewed applications for admission, conducted student interviews, facilitated information sessions for students and families, advised Board of Admission student volunteers, and coordinated open house events.
In addition to her counseling work, Mindy supports various college access initiatives. She worked as a college counselor in a College Summit workshop in Amherst, MA advising students from under-resourced communities. In addition, she served as a Fellow in the Boston Cares Leadership Institute. During the Fellowship, Mindy led a team of educators in a consulting project that benefited QuestBridge, a nonprofit organization dedicated to access to higher education. Mindy also volunteers at College Goal Sunday, an annual event that offers information and support to families applying for college financial aid.
Mindy is a member of professional organizations including the New England Association for College Admission Counseling (NEACAC), the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) and the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA). She also was a participant in the IECA Practices and Principles Institute, the Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority (MEFA) Guidance Counselor Financial Aid Training events, and the AAA Student Lending: Guidance Counselors Training sessions. Mindy is a graduate of Tufts University and the Harvard Graduate School of Education.