Greens Farms Academy is pleased to announce that Wes Moore will deliver the Commencement address to the GFA Class of 2021 on June 10, and Mike Greenberg P '19, '21 will deliver the keynote address to the senior class at the inaugural Baccalaureate on June 9, 2021.
Wes Moore is the Chief Executive Officer of the poverty-fighting foundation Robin Hood, a bestselling author, a combat veteran, and a social entrepreneur. His first book, The Other Wes Moore, a perennial New York Times bestseller, captured the nation's attention on the fine line between success and failure in our communities and in ourselves. That story has been optioned by executive producer Oprah Winfrey and HBO to be made into a movie. He is also the author of the bestselling books The Work, Discovering Wes Moore, This Way Home and the recently released, Five Days.
After four years at the helm of the Robin Hood foundation, Moore will step down this May. During his tenure, he has helped the organization raise more than $650 million, executed critical relief efforts in response to COVID-19, expanded the role of the organization through policymaking, and launched several key anti-poverty initiatives.
Moore grew up in Baltimore and the Bronx, where he was raised by a single mom. Despite childhood challenges, he graduated Phi Theta Kappa from Valley Forge Military College in 1998 and Phi Beta Kappa from Johns Hopkins University in 2001. He earned an MLitt in International Relations from Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar in 2004. Moore then served as a captain and paratrooper with the U.S. Army's 82nd Airborne Division, including a combat deployment to Afghanistan. He later served as a White House Fellow to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.
Before becoming CEO at Robin Hood, Moore was the founder and CEO at BridgeEdU, an education platform based in Baltimore addressing the college completion and job placement crisis by reinventing freshman year for underserved students. BridgeEdU was acquired by Edquity, a Brooklyn-based student financial success and emergency aid firm, in June 2019.
He has also worked in finance as an investment banker with Deutsche Bank in London and with Citigroup in New York. Moore lives in Baltimore with his wife and two children.
Mike Greenberg is the host of ESPN's morning show Get Up!, Greens Farms Academy Trustee, and, most importantly, father of your Stephen '21 and alumna Nikki '19.
For 18 years, Greenberg co-hosted ESPN Radio's Mike & Mike with Mike Golic. Together, Greenberg and Golic have been inducted into the National Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame and the National Radio Hall of Fame. Greenberg is also a member of the Medill Hall of Achievement at Northwestern University. In addition, he has authored five books, all of which have made the New York Times Best Seller list. Greenberg and his wife, Stacy, donate all of the proceeds from his novel All You Could Ask For and their children's book, MVP, to the V Foundation for Cancer Research.
Greenberg is an inspiring speaker and storyteller who has had a front-row seat for some of the biggest moments in sports over the last three decades. In 2019, he delivered the GFA commencement address to the Class of 2019, and last spring he delivered a poignant message to the Class of 2020. He too is "graduating" from GFA, in a way, after almost two decades as a parent. We are so grateful for Mike's extraordinary volunteer leadership and commitment to our school community and delighted to have him serve as our keynote speaker for GFA's inaugural Baccalaureate.