JOE OLWIG

Joe’s professional passion: Joe’s passion as an educator is driven from a belief that arbitrary circumstances – like the zip code in which a child is raised – must not define his or her educational opportunities. “What is often called an ‘achievement gap’ between the students of low and high income families must be recognized as an ‘opportunity gap’ because the latter calls attention to the inequity within our education system.”

What drew Joe to MMG: Joe joined the team at MMG because he saw an opportunity to continue a mission of making our world a better, more equitable place for all people but in a different capacity.

Favorite part of his role: 

“At MMG, our passion is to help people. It’s about improving the quality of life for all people. By partnering with passionate nonprofit organizations, we scale access to better solutions for more people.”

Education and career highlights: Joe attended the University of Dayton where he majored in Entrepreneurship, Economics, and Finance.  Prior to working with Mission Matters Group, Joe spent the previous decade as an educator in Charlotte, NC and St. Louis, MO. Joe’s time in education began as a Teach For America corps member where he taught math at Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School in the Hidden Valley neighborhood just north of uptown Charlotte. After moving back to St. Louis in 2011, Joe helped found the 7th grade at KIPP Inspire Academy as a teacher. In 2014, Joe became the Principal at KIPP where he lead the school’s mission of “to and through college” by bringing a world class education to children growing up in St. Louis.

Family: Joe is a husband, brother, son, grandson, and father.

Outside MMG: Outside of work, Joe enjoys spending time with his wife Laura, family, and friends. As for activities, he’ll never turn down an opportunity to play a round of golf, a game of Scrabble, or dive into a good book.

 

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