Alumnus Bio

Alumnus Bio

Jonathan Berhanu

Jonathan Berhanu
Cohort: Graduate School Fellow Los Angeles 2010
Fellowship Placement: ICEF Public Schools
Education: Ph.D., University of Wisconsin Madison-Department of Educational Policy Studies; M.S., University of Pennsylvania, Graduate School of Education
Current Position: Posse Mentor--DC3, University of Wisconsin - Madison, School of Education

Jonathan Berhanu received his BA in Business Administration with a concentration in Financing and Accounting from Adelphi University in 2001, and most recently completed his MSc in Education in Higher Education at the University of Pennsylvania's Graduate School of Education. Currently, he is a PhD student in the Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison researching how the complexities of race, masculinities and social structures contribute to the participation and educational outcomes of urban, lower-income Black and Latino men. Since 2002, Jonathan has worked in Urban Youth Development as it relates to college readiness, preparation and support. Most notably, working at The Posse Foundation as senior trainer, he prepared Posse Scholars for their enrollment and transition into college through an intensive, eight-month pre-collegiate training program. As an Education Pioneer Fellow, Jonathan was placed at the Inner City Education Foundation (ICEF) where he worked closely with Kathy Dominguez, Director of College Counseling, to develop an alumni program that would allow ICEF faculty and staff to better support their alumni in college as they persist in their post-secondary endeavors towards attaining degrees. The alumni program consists of academic workshops, the iCoach program, as well as an outline for an Alumni database that will help ICEF faculty and staff better track student persistence and retention. As a PhD student, Jonathan will work closely with Dr. Jerlando F. L. Jackson as an advisee and research assistant in Wisconsin's Equity & Inclusion (WEI) Lab.