About Us

Redeeming America’s Promise (RAP) is a non-profit organization established in the State of Washington in 2014 to educate parents, students, the higher education community, policy makers and taxpayers about efforts needed to fundamentally reform our nation’s system for financing higher education. This website and RAP’s educational outreach activities are made possible through generous individual and foundation support.  We expect an IRS determination of our 501(c) 3 status in the near future.  

RAP evolved from discussions that started in 2013 among a group of former elected officials and policy experts who wanted to make another contribution to America’s future. As we were coming of age, we were forcefully reminded by John F. Kennedy that the responsibility of being born into such a privileged period is a requirement to give back and we saw RAP as perhaps our last, best chance to respond to his call. The discussions grew to include academicians, Millennial groups and business leaders who were interested in finding the best way to address the challenges of college access, affordability, and attainability.  

We believe that it is time for older Americans to provide younger generations with many of the same possibilities we enjoyed by fundamentally reforming our nation’s system for financing higher education.  The growing divide between family income and higher education cost increases have made the current system unworkable. Without fundamental changes the problems will get even worse. 

At the end of our discussions, we made a mutual commitment to create a national public policy that eliminates cost as a barrier to attaining such an education for every American who is academically ready and personally determined to earn a post-secondary degree or certificate.

We do not plan to do this alone.  A partnership with tomorrow’s leaders and workers, our children and grandchildren, must be forged to convince our elected officials to make the needed changes. To that end, Redeeming America’s Promise is building a broad inter-generational coalition to support our plan to make college tuition free. 

Please join our cause by endorsing our plan and making your own commitment to make college tuition free. 

Redeeming America’s Promise 

Board of Directors

Morley Winograd

Partner, Mike & Morley, LLC

President, Redeeming America’s Promise

Morley Winograd is a nationally known expert on the Millennial generation.  He is co-author (with Mike Hais) of three highly acclaimed books, “Millennial Momentum” (2011), “Millennial Makeover” (2008), and “Millennial Majority” (2013) on the impact the generation will have on America’s future. Morley is also a Senior Fellow at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School’s Center on Communication Leadership and Policy. He served as senior policy advisor to Vice President Al Gore during the second term of the Clinton administration and directed its reinventing government efforts.

Doug Ross

President, American Promise Schools

Vice President, Redeeming America’s Promise

Doug Ross has started and managed public charters schools in Michigan.  His work currently focuses on learning how to turn around failing urban high schools.  Doug has also had a distinguished public service career.  During President Clinton’s first term, he was Assistant U.S. Secretary of Labor for Employment and Training; and previously served as Michigan’s Director of Commerce and a member of the Michigan Senate. 

Laird Harris

Founder/Principal, Harris and Smith Public Affairs

Secretary/Treasurer, Redeeming America’s Promise.

Prior to founding his public affairs firm in 1987, Laird served as assistant director of the Community Services Administration during the Carter administration and Chief Policy Assistant for Governor Booth Gardner of Washington.  As a consultant, Laird provides public affairs and strategic communication planning services, facilitates efforts to resolve disputes and identify common interests among government and private sector officials, and works with executives and boards of directors on strategic planning.  Laird also has extensive campaign management experience and teaches strategic communications at the University of Washington.


RedeemingAmerica'sPromise

Redeeming America’s Promise (RAP) is a non-profit organization established in the State of Washington in 2014 to educate parents, students, the higher education community, policy makers and taxpayers about efforts needed to fundamentally reform our nation’s system for financing higher education. This website and RAP’s educational outreach activities are made possible through generous individual and foundation support. We expect an IRS determination of our 501(c) 3 status in the near future.

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