IvyAchievement has put together an unparalleled team. Our admissions counselors have served in a decision-making capacity at elite universities, and our essay specialists include award-winning fiction authors and accomplished scholars with extensive teaching experience. We know what colleges and graduate schools are looking for, and we have the skills to help you tell your story and present yourself as a qualified and distinguished candidate.

Benjamin P. Stern – Founder & CEO

Benjamin P. Stern is the founder and CEO of IvyAchievement. He received his J.D. from Yale Law School and worked at two major law firms, Sullivan & Cromwell LLP and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP in New York and Palo Alto. At Yale, he was Senior Submissions Editor of the Yale Journal of Health Policy, Law & Ethics and an Editor of the Yale Journal of Law & Technology. Benjamin received his undergraduate degree in biomedical engineering at Columbia University, where he was named to the Tau Beta Pi engineering honor society. At Columbia, he was a copy editor at the Columbia Daily Spectator and the Executive Editor of the Triple Helix: International Journal of Science, Society & Law.

Benjamin has an eye for detail and is a “straight talker.” He believes in honest, constructive feedback and invented IvyAchievement’s Four Point Review.

Business Team

  • Benjamin P. Stern

    Founder & CEO
    Yale J.D. | Columbia B.S.

Admissions Counselors

  • Angela Conley

    Admissions Counselor
    MIT | Cornell | Barnard
  • Gregg Prigerson

    Admissions Counselor
    Stanford | Auburn
  • Maya Suraj

    Graduate Admissions Counselor
    Johns Hopkins | University of Chicago

Writing Specialists

  • Nora Boxer

    UT Austin M.A. | Brown B.A.
  • Arielle Time Burstein

    Barnard College B.A.
  • Mike Disman

    Emerson College B.A.
  • Rachael Drew

    UCSB M.A. | California Lutheran University B.A.
  • Jacob Edson

    Harvard M.A. | Memorial University of Newfoundland B.A.
  • Anna del Gaizo

    NYU summa cum laude
  • Katherine Haegele

    University of Pennsylvania B.A.
  • Prarthana Jayaram

    Columbia M.A. | Haverford College B.A.
  • Kristen Kapfer

    Duke U Ph.D. | University of North Carolina M.A. | University of Washington B.A.
  • Ariel Schwartz

    Northwestern Ph.D. | Northwestern M.A. | Barnard College B.A.
  • Tanya Shaffer

    Oberlin B.A.
  • Deborah Skolnik

    Cornell U B.A.
  • Autumn Stephens

    Boston U M.A. | Stanford B.A.
  • Trevor Strunk

    University of Illinois Chicago
  • Zach Strassburger

    Yale J.D. | Wesleyan University B.A.

Board of Advisors

  • Nina Vasan, M.D.

    Stanford M.B.A. | Harvard M.D. | Harvard A.B.
  • Pianpian Carolyn Xu

    Yale M.A. | Sun Yat-Sen B.A.
  • R. Sohan Dasgupta

    UC Berkeley J.D. | Cambridge Ph.D. | Oxford M.S. | Columbia B.A.
  • Stephanie H. Lee

    Yale J.D. | Harvard A.B.