Our vision is to build a pipeline of globally competent students and educators who will succeed in and steward the 21st Century global community.

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Today, Reach the World remains at the cutting edge of virtual exchange, bringing the world into hundreds of K-12 classrooms each year through a variety of programs. The Traveler Program matches college-aged travelers and K-12 classrooms in a personalized 1:1 model. The Explorer Program connects classrooms with adventurous explorers who are sharing research from the field and modeling STEM careers. The Meet the World Program invites Fulbright’s foreign scholars into U.S. classrooms for intimate cultural exchanges. From the most isolated communities to the heart of urban centers, more U.S. students are forming positive, personal connections with the world than ever before.

Read more in Reach the World’s 2019-20 Annual Report. Access the file by clicking here: 2019-2020 Reach the World Annual Report

By 2009, technology improvements allowed Reach the World to begin engaging hundreds of new travelers around the globe. In partnership with the U.S. Department of State’s Fulbright Program and Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program, RTW began matching volunteer travelers who are studying, working or exploring abroad with individual K-12 classrooms. Since 2009, thousands of travelers have shared their journeys online with more than 35,000 youth in the U.S., publishing more than 20,000 first-person travelogues in the process. By using technology to enable youth to form relationships with global travelers, RTW sparked a process of personal development that can truly be described as “reaching” the world.


Reach the World (RTW) was founded by Heather Halstead and Marc Gustafson. During its first ten years, RTW operated a single adventure journey per year, connected to hundreds of classrooms. RTW’s first such journey was the world circumnavigation of the Makulu, 43-foot sailboat operated by young educators who shared their adventures online, for the first time in history, with public school classrooms in underserved communities in the U.S.


Heather Halstead, Executive Director

Christopher Ahearn, Director of Partnerships

Timothy Jacob, Director of the Traveler Program

Sia Moua, Director of Business Development

Chantel Palmer, Program Associate

Keyli Peralta, Program Associate

Colin Teague, Associate Director, Growth and Impact


Katy Huberty, Managing Director, Research, Morgan Stanley (Board Chair)

Bob Altman, President, Handmade TV

Jane Atherton, Managing Director, Temasek Holdings

Melissa Biggs Bradley, CEO & Founder, Indagare Travel

Potoula Chresomales, SVP, Product Management, Skillsoft

John Delaney

Yimei Guo, Managing Director, PJT Partners

Heather Halstead, Executive Director, Reach the World

Vishal Saxena, Chief Technology Officer, Canoe

          Nic Tat, Director, Capgemini Invent

Radha Tilton, Managing Director, Goldman Sachs


Kashif Akhter, Assistant Director, Business Development, Skadden Arps

Lauren Beebe, Founder & CEO, Like A Local Tours (Board Co-Chair)

Michael Beer, CFO, FreeWire Technologies

Katie Meyer, Manager, Solution Engineering, Xlab at Oracle (Board Co-Chair)

Liliana Nunez, Financial IT Process Engineer at Kuehne + Nagel

Sayako Seto, VP, Analytics Product Management & Commercialization, Experian

Grant Vingoe, Vice Chair, Ontario Securities Commission

Richard Wiese, Explorer and Host, “Born to Explore”


Grace Cole, Senior Associate, Operations & Finance, Blueland

Mimi Coleman, Consultant, Boston Consulting Group

Varun Desai, Consultant, CROSSMARK

Stephanie DiFazio, Corporate Counsel, Citiblock Health

James Duong, Business Development Manager, Spaceflow

Katherine Eilers, Analyst, Morgan Stanley

Elizabeth Elliott, Equity Research, Executive Director, Morgan Stanley (Co-Chair)

Alex Epstein, Investment Banking, LEX

Chris Hedley, Sr. Associate, Bienville Capital

Kieran Kenny, Equity Research Associate, Morgan Stanley (Co-Chair)

Osman Khan, Senior Customer Success Manager, Udacity

Sean Klein, Investment Banking Analyst, Jefferies

Georgia Lubrano, Associate, Bain Capital

Saeed Mouzaffar, Senior Associate, Willett Advisors

Varun Rekhi, Capital Markets Advisory, PwC LLP

Lucas Rivers, Sustainability & ESG Analyst, Citibank

Sean Saggi, Associate, Apax Partners

Will Stark, Consultant, Bain Capital

Nicholas Zigerelli, Municipal High Grade Trading Associate, Bank of America Merrill Lynch

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