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Giuseppe Basili

Giuseppe Basili

Executive Director
Giuseppe “Seppy” Basili is executive director of the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation. Basili is a leading K-12, college readiness, and higher education expert, with 30 years of education industry experience. Before his appointment as executive director, he served as director of strategic initiatives and chief operating officer at the Foundation. Basili has authored many publications articulating his perspectives on college access and admissions and has been featured by The New York Times, NPR, and the Today Show among others. Prior to joining the Foundation, Basili served as vice president and general manager of college admissions and K-12 programs for Kaplan Test Prep, overseeing all product creation and implementation of the K12 custom curriculum business during his 16 years with the company. He developed valuable partnerships with hundreds of school districts all over the country, including Chicago Public Schools and the Los Angeles Unified School District. He was responsible for test preparation programs, college admissions services and publications for the SAT, ACT, and PSAT exams. A graduate of Kenyon College, Seppy holds a Bachelor of Arts in History as well as a law degree from Emory University and a Master of Arts in Educational Policy from the University of California at Berkeley.