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Marie Bigham

ACCEPT: Admissions Community Cultivating Equity & Peace Today
Founder and Co-Leader
Marie Bigham is the founder and co-leader of ACCEPT: Admissions Community Cultivating Equity & Peace Today, a nonprofit organization that empowers college admissions professionals who center justice, equity, and antiracism in our work and communities. With almost 6000 members since its founding in 2016, ACCEPT was honored by Facebook at the 2017 Facebook Community Summit, a gathering of 100 Facebook groups that exemplify strong community engagement. In 2018, ACCEPT received the Excellence in Education Award from the National Association for College Admissions Counseling (NACAC), awarded to “those who use their prominence to advance equity and access in education.” In 2019, Marie was honored with the Association of College Counselors in Independent Schools (ACCIS) Marty Elkins Award for Excellence in Education. With over 20 years in the profession, Marie has served on the Board of Directors for NACAC, as Vice Chair and Director of Communication for Association of College Counselors in Independent Schools, and on the Board of Directors of Texas Association of College Admissions Counseling. Marie entered admissions at her alma mater, Washington University in St. Louis (Class of 1995), where she earned a BA in political science and women’s studies and a minor in glassblowing. She served as associate director of undergraduate admissions at Washington U., as associate director of college counseling at Riverdale Country School (NY), and as director of college counseling at the Bishop’s School (CA), Greenhill School (TX), and Isidore Newman School (LA). Whenever possible, Marie enjoys the culture, food, and sounds of New Orleans with her husband, Colin Pettus, and their two Boston terriers, Chelsea and Peeperton.