Annemarie M. Grassi, Ph.D.
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Dr. Annemarie M. Grassi is the founder of Open Doors Academy (ODA) and the Center for Out-of-School Time Advancement. At 23-years-old, she started the non-profit ODA and grew it from 20 kids to over 600, focusing on one targeted goal of breaking the cycle of multi-generational poverty. Through her 17 tenure with the organization, she built a vision and model that was both proven and acknowledged state-wide and nationally for its’ strong results and powerful impact. She has extensive experience in entrepreneurial leadership, child and adolescent development, program development, evaluation and performance management, fundraising, and strategic visioning.
Dr. Grassi holds a Bachelor of Arts with Honors in Psychology from Ohio University, and a Master of Science in Education in Child and Adolescent Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. She also holds a Certificate in Non-Profit Management from Case Western Reserve University and a Ph.D. in Urban Education from Cleveland State University, where she currently serves as a part-time instructor in the College of Education.