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Chairman Message

Dear Friends:

As a dedicated supporter and friend of DC-CAP, I wanted you to be among the first to know that I have stepped down as chairman of the board of DC-CAP and Ted Leonsis, founder, chairman, majority owner and CEO of Monumental Sports & Entertainment, has been elected the new chairman effective this January. I will remain an active member of the board and look forward to supporting DC-CAP for many years to come.

I can’t think of a better person to build on DC-CAP’s accomplishments over the past 15 years and help take the organization to the next level as we continue to support all DC public and public charter high school students in pursuing their college dreams. As someone who grew up in an urban community, namely Brooklyn, NY, Ted experienced some of the same barriers our students face in being first in their family to attend and graduate from college. He knows firsthand what it takes to beat the odds. I’m confident his business acumen, philanthropic spirit and determination will be of tremendous benefit to DC-CAP as an organization and as a key ingredient to the futures of the thousands of students and families we will serve in the years to come. He is and continues to be a pillar of the Washington region’s business and philanthropic communities, providing immeasurable support to dozens of DC area organizations through the Leonsis Foundation.

With your generous support, we have been able to achieve some incredible milestones over the past decade and a half, most notably creating a college-going culture throughout the City and achieving DC-CAP’s initial goals of doubling the number of DC public and public charter high school students enrolling in college and tripling the number who graduate.

As we look to the future under Ted’s chairmanship, and the continued leadership of our President and CEO Argelia Rodriguez who has been with us since day one, we expect that DC-CAP will expand its current critical work of providing college counseling throughout the high school years, providing support and guidance throughout the college years, and awarding scholarships, to perhaps expanding our work to include helping our college graduates secure their first jobs. The possibilities that lie before each and every bright young student we help are endless, and I hope you will be right there with us as DC-CAP continues to make a difference in the lives of students and their families throughout the city.

Thank you for supporting DC-CAP as, together, we support these amazing DC students. On behalf of everyone at DC-CAP, please join me in wishing Ted well in his new role.


Donald Graham, DC-CAP Founding Chairman
Graham Holdings Company


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