megan smith


Megan Smith

"Because of QuestBridge, I was able to focus my college search on the non-financial aspects of college and eventually find the college that fit me best. Through QuestBridge, I discovered that attending a prestigious university could be financially feasible and even more affordable than an in-state public university. I was able to realistically look at colleges that had previously seemed like only dreams."

Lenexa, KS
2011 National College Match Recipient
University of Pennsylvania, Class of 2016


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Team / Advisors

West Coast Advisory Board


  • Chair: Reid Hoffman, Partner, Greylock; Co-Founder and Executive Chairman, LinkedIn 
  • Tim Ferriss, Author, Entrepreneur, Angel Investor
  • James Joaquin, Co-Founder, Obvious Ventures
  • John Lilly, Partner, Greylock; former CEO, Mozilla
  • Ana Rowena McCullough, Co-Founder, Quest Scholars Program and QuestBridge
  • Barney Pell, CEO, QuickPay
  • James Slavet, Partner, Greylock
  • David Sze, Partner, Greylock
  • Terra Terwilliger, Principal, Brigid Executive Consulting
East Coast Advisory Board


  • Co-Chair: Bill Bradley, Allen & Company
  • Co-Chair: Chele Chiavacci, Mistral Capital 
  • Co-Chair: Juan Enriquez, Managing Director, Excel Medical Ventures
  • Zac Zeitlin, Former Partner and Head of Principal Finance,
    Silver Point Capital
  • Josh Cohen, Managing Partner, Citylight Capital 
  • Joseph S. Fichera, Senior Managing Director and CEO, Saber Partners 
  • John Katzman, Founder and CEO, Noodle Education; Founder, 2U
  • Whitney Tilson, Managing Partner, T2 Partners
Academic Advisors


  • Jeff Brenzel, former Dean of Undergraduate Admissions, Yale University
  • Thomas Parker, former Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid, Amherst College 
  • Bruce Poch, former Vice President and Dean of Admissions, Pomona College 
  • Jeremiah Quinlan, Dean of Undergraduate Admissions, Yale University
  • Morton Schapiro, President, Northwestern University
Business Advisors

  • Bruce Dunlevie, Partner, Benchmark Venture Capital
  • H. Irving Grousbeck, Professor, Stanford Business School 
  • Robert Kagle, Partner, Benchmark Venture Capital 
  • Erica Plambeck, Assistant Professor, Stanford Business School 
Legal Advisors & Pro-Bono Law Firms


  • Todd Rumberger, Foley & Lardner LLP
  • Linda Inscoe, Latham & Watkins LLP
General Advisors

  • Paul Brest, President, Hewlett Foundation¬†
  • Joseph Grundfest, Professor, Stanford Law School; Former Commissioner, Securities and Exchange Commission, 1985-90¬†
Quest Scholar Alumni Advisors & Student Advisors


  • Chitua Alozie, QuestBridge Student Co-Founder
  • Elizabeth Kwo, Harvard Medical School and MBA programs
  • Teresa Sesera Murillo, QuestBridge Student Co-Founder
  • Isabel Cesanto Safie, Partner, Best Best & Krieger, LLP; Member, QuestBridge Board of Directors
  • Nico Slate, Professor, Carnegie Mellon University

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