Who We Are/Staff Structure

StrivePartnership is a partnership comprised of leaders from the education, business, philanthropic, nonprofit, civic, and faith communities who believe in the importance of education and the impact of working together to change the system of education for every child, from cradle to career. 


In 2006, school administrators, college and university presidents, foundation leaders, corporate executives, and non-profit directors from Cincinnati walked south along the Purple People Bridge that spans the Ohio River. At the highest point of the bridge, they were joined by their counterparts from Northern Kentucky who had walked north to meet them. The purpose of this founding event of StrivePartnership was to demonstrate the participants’ shared commitment to a collective strategy to improve educational outcomes for children on both sides of the river from cradle to career. 

The extraordinary display of institutional collaboration soon became a national model for “collective impact” that continues to drive regional educational strategies nationwide. Over the past 10 years, measurable improvements have been made in all six indicators along StrivePartnership’s cradle-to-career continuum. 

Despite this tremendous progress, it has not been dramatic enough to ensure lifelong success for all children in our region. Most notably, achievement levels for children of color and children from low-income homes and neighborhoods are appreciably less than for affluent, white children. As StrivePartnership enters its second decade, we are committed to advancing the next level of collective impact by fortifying the urban education ecosystem in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky to ensure racial and economic equity.  

Driven by this commitment, StrivePartnership recognizes that despite the unprecedented assemblage of leaders who gathered on the Purple People Bridge a decade ago, there were critical stakeholders who were not there, including parents and caregivers, teachers, grassroots leaders, small business operators, and students themselves. We are, therefore, pursuing a more comprehensive notion of collective impact that draws upon the insights and authority of these community-based stakeholders and actively enlists them in the co-design and co-production of solutions. We believe that the infusion of these community assets with institutional resources and expertise is essential to achieving a truly equitable and transformational change on behalf of all children.

Success Outcomes:

StrivePartnership tracks outcome data related to six critical milestones along the cradle-to-career continuum to determine the success of every child and learner, and to assess the effectiveness of the urban education ecosystem. Those milestones are:

  • Kindergarten readiness
  • Early-grade reading
  • Middle-grade math
  • College/Career readiness
  • College/Career persistence
  • Career/Life pursuit
Each milestone is tracked through the analysis of a primary indicator and two complementary indicators. And each initiative that StrivePartnership manages or supports is aligned to improve at least one of these indicators.


Contact information:

One W. 4th Street, Suite 200
Cincinnati, OH 45202
email: info@strivepartnership.org