Farhad Asghar is a program officer with the Corporation’s Education program, where he manages the Pathways to Postsecondary Success portfolio. Asghar oversees grantmaking that supports practices and policies aimed at creating flexible pathways for students throughout their K–16 education with the goal of college completion and preparing students for work and careers.
Asghar brings to his role at the Corporation a history of managing direct service programs, strategic partnerships, and fundraising initiatives in institutions of higher education, large nonprofits, and community-based organizations. He recently served as the executive director of Community Partnerships for the College Board's Access to Opportunity program. Prior to that, he was the associate vice president for development and external relations, and the associate dean of Bank Street College of Education. Asghar also served as the director of Liberty LEADS, a highly successful college access program, and he taught English in a public high school in Brooklyn.
Asghar holds a BA in English literature and secondary education from City University of New York’s Brooklyn College and a Master of Public Administration from New York University’s Wagner School of Public Service. He serves on the board of Areté Education, an organization that provides students in the South Bronx with comprehensive academic, social, and emotional support. Asghar is a naturalized U.S. citizen who moved from Pakistan to Queens, New York, as a child with his family. He is fluent in Urdu and also speaks French and Spanish.