Peer Power Foundation Welcomes Fundraising Veteran as New CEO

April 27th, 2020

Peer Power Welcomes Tabitha Glenn as CEO

Peer Power Foundation, a Memphis-based nonprofit organization innovating the public education system in partnership with Shelby County Schools and University of Memphis, is pleased to announce Tabitha Glenn as its new CEO.

A 20-year nonprofit veteran, most recently Executive Director of Performance Marketing Audience Insights for ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Glenn lends her expertise in strategic planning, content creation, developing and improving workflows along with financial and analytical evaluation. Glenn received her Executive MBA from the University of Memphis in 2018 and was recognized as 2018 Fundraiser of the Year by NonProfit Pro magazine for her career contributions. 

“During this especially unprecedented time for our community and education landscape, we are confident in Tabitha’s ability to navigate and lead our organization,” said Peer Power Board Chair Katherine Kaelin.

Peer Power’s staff of Program Directors and University of Memphis Success Coaches is actively leading its virtual, free-of-charge ACT Prep University course to over 500 high school students. In addition, the organization is planning its annual Big River Crossing Half Marathon & 5K on November 21, 2020.

“While I am only able to experience Peer Power’s ‘virtual’ classroom since starting in this role, I already feel the holistic sense of community of Peer Power’s model,” said Peer Power’s new CEO Tabitha Glenn. “This work is incredibly powerful, especially amidst these unprecedented circumstances where student learning is now reliant on technology from home.”

As a lifelong volunteer, Glenn also serves as 2020-2022 president for the Junior League of Memphis, an organization of 1,400 women dedicated to developing their potential as community and civic leaders in order to create positive and lasting change in the Mid-South.  

“Every individual deserves a chance to learn and grow, and I look forward to continuing to foster Peer Power’s unique role as a bridge builder of resources, mentorship and opportunity in Memphis,” continued Glenn.

ABOUT PEER POWER. Peer Power is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization innovating the public education system by inspiring and empowering youth to take control of their success. Peer Power’s Memphis Model recruits, trains, and employs high-performing University of Memphis scholars to coach and mentor Shelby County Schools students within the classroom. This model improves high schoolers’ grades, standardized test scores, and college and job readiness, provides college students with job experience and the financial means to stay in school, and increases teachers’ job satisfaction, performance, and retention by reducing the student-to-instructor ratio to 1:10. To learn more, visit


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 I am a native Memphian with a unique passion for Economics. I am a proud son of immigrant parents. Currently, I am pursuing a PhD in Economics at the University of Memphis specializing in Labor Economic, Education Economics, and Econometric. I have the honor to serve Peer Power as a Doctoral Fellow, where I study education data and school environments to better help the kids we serve. My topics of research (both within and without of Peer Power) include: Labor policies within educational settings, Teacher incentive policies and retention rates, Human capital measures, and Public funding allocation efficiency. Outside of school and work I love to cook and cheer on our Memphis Grizzles.