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Paris Woods


Paris Woods

Managing Director of Promise

As Managing Director of Harris County Promise, Paris works with K12 and higher education partners in our region to improve postsecondary outcomes. Prior to joining Good Reason Houston, Paris served as Co-Founder and Executive Director of College Beyond where she led with a clear-eyed focus on improving outcomes for the most vulnerable students and raised college retention rates by double digits, more than any other open-access intervention in the region.

A first-generation college graduate, Paris has spent her career improving educational access for economically disadvantaged students. She has worked in admissions, financial aid, and student advising at the college level, in public and private secondary schools, college success nonprofits, and as a strategic advisor and trainer for several national educational organizations.

Paris holds a Bachelor of Arts in African American Studies with a focus on educational inequality from Harvard College and a Master of Education in Education Policy and Management from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.