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Daniel Zaharopol

The Art of Problem Solving Initiative, Inc.
Executive Director
New York, NY
Daniel Zaharopol is the executive director of the Art of Problem Solving Initiative, Inc., where he founded and runs Bridge to Enter Advanced Mathematics (BEAM). BEAM creates pathways for students from low-income and historically marginalized communities to become mathematicians, scientists, engineers, and computer scientists. Its work provides a comprehensive pathway beginning in sixth grade and continuing through college graduation, including intensive academic summer programs, mentoring and advising, and membership in a community of people who love math. The goal is for BEAM's students to have the same opportunities for advanced study as their more privileged peers.

Beginning with a small summer program held at Bard College for seventeen students, BEAM now runs annual summer programs for 420 students between New York City and Los Angeles and provides year-round support and mentoring to hundreds of summer program completers. Its students have gone on to STEM majors at top universities and also continue to come back and work at the program.

Dan's work at BEAM has been featured in the New York Times, Forbes, and the Atlantic Monthly, among other publications. In 2017, Dan was the recipient of the Manhattan Institute's Cornuelle Award for Social Entrepreneurship. He has also been listed by the Chronicle of Philanthropy as one of 15 people changing the nonprofit world and received the Outstanding Recent Alumni award from the University of Illinois Department of Mathematics. Prior to BEAM, he co-founded and served as the first CEO of Learning Unlimited, a national organization that mentors college students who want to start educational outreach programs on their campuses. Dan is himself a product of STEM pathways — he received his undergraduate degree in math from MIT and master's degrees in both mathematics and teaching mathematics from the University of Illinois.