Inversant’s mission is to ensure that through parental engagement every low-to-moderate income family has the resources and understanding they need to achieve their goals for higher education.


Inversant believes that higher education is attainable for all regardless of income and that family engagement is crucial to students’ educational achievements. Through working with communities and higher education partners, Inversant provides knowledge, resources, connections, and financial incentives to empower low-and-moderate-income families to invest and succeed in higher education. Ultimately this shared investment and expanded understanding moves not just the child, not just the family, but the whole community, forward.

Our Values

We’re committed to ensuring that higher education is available to every student in the country.


Inversant is a key player in the national children’s savings account movement that emphasizes the importance of early and regular savings for higher education. Our Inversant Savings Accounts and incentives give families a place to invest, and meaningful incentives to keep setting aside money for higher education.


Our groundbreaking multi-year curriculum of monthly Inversant Learning Circles gives parents the skills, knowledge, and confidence to support their children’s quest for higher education. Our facilitators coach parents on a full range of college access topics, including standardized testing, higher education options and costs, and the college application process. Inversant families increase their financial literacy so they understand how to minimize the amount they pay for college.


Inversant’s unique model provides the right level of support to each family, meeting them where they are in terms of location, language, experience level, and lifestyle. We create a community network of parents and encourage them to learn not only from us, but from each other. We also engage with families through an online portal, video library, e-newsletter and social media platforms.

Meet Our Team

We’re a diverse group of professionals committed to advancing college access for everyone.

Bob Hildreth

Bob is the founder of Inversant, Inc., La Vida, Inc., and Hildreth Institute, Inc. Following a career in finance in Latin America at the IMF, Citibank, Drexel Burnham Lambert, and his own brokerage company, International Bank Services, Bob entered the nonprofit world to focus on issues of immigration and education. His first venture was the creation of an HIV hospice in Los Angeles in 1988 at the height of the epidemic. He learned that for him, effective philanthropy requires those making contributions to become actively involved in the design and operation of a project.

Upon his return to Boston, he joined with Boston University to improve the education of immigrant children in Chelsea where he helped build the John Silber Early Learning Center. Coming from a family of educators and a stint as a high school history teacher, Bob built three foundations with complementary missions to get low-income students to college. The first was in Lynn, Massachusetts named La Vida Scholars to use financial incentives to encourage 100 immigrant families of very bright children. The second, Inversant, focuses on parental engagement and financial literacy through the college process. Most recently, Bob founded the Hildreth Institute to advocate for student debt reform and tuition relief.

At the university level Bob has established internship programs at Harvard, BU, Johns Hopkins, Holy Cross, Bunker Hill Community College, and UMass Boston. He is also instrumental in the reconstruction of the State’s official ship, the Ernestina, which takes students to sea for educational trips.

Bob’s involvement has been recognized with numerous awards, including, 2008 Bostonian of the Year by The Boston Globe, Champion of Justice Award from the Greater Boston Legal Services in 2007. In 2012, he was recognized as a Purpose Prize Fellow and El Planeta’s 100 most influential people for Latinos in the state of Massachusetts in 2009, 2010, and 2013.

Bob is a graduate of Harvard University (Class of ’72), and holds Master degrees from Johns Hopkins University SAIS (Class of ‘75) in International Relations, and George Washington University (Class of ‘80) in Economics. He has served on numerous boards including the BU Board of Trustees and presently serves on UMass Boston’s Board of Visitors, Bunker Hill Community College Board of Advisors, and WBUR’s Board of Overseers.

  • Charles Desmond (Chair)

President, Hildreth Stewart Charitable Foundation

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  • Jay Ash

President and CEO, Massachusetts Competitive Partnership [email protected] 


  • Dean Atkins

Co-Founder and Managing Partner, NorthBridge Partners [email protected] 


  • Robert Cashman

President and CEO, Metro Credit Union [email protected] 


  • Sally Currier (Secretary)

Co-Chair, Hestia Fund Boston

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  • Benjamin Hildreth (Treasurer)

Director, Capital Gordon Brothers

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  • Fernando Reimers

Ford Foundation Professor, Harvard Graduate School of Education [email protected] 


  • Jim Santiago

CIO, JVS Boston [email protected]

  • Stacy Scott

President and Founder, Center for Understanding Equity

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  • Donna Stewartson

Operations Director, Simmons University [email protected]  


  • Michael Taylor

President, Urban College of Boston [email protected] 


  • Michael Tuteur 

(Ex Officio), Partner, Foley & Lardner LLP

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Our Staff

Responsible for executing the defined strategies of the organization, our staff ensures transparent and generative outcomes in line with Inversant’s vision.

Bianca L. Jiménez

Bianca L. Jiménez


Charles Desmond

Charles Desmond


Felix Aponte

Felix Aponte


Judy Bowe

Judy Bowe


Raquel Radice

Raquel Radice



About Us

Inversant is committed to helping the entire family invest in higher education.

Our History

Some milestones from Inversant’s ten year history

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Each one of our team members believes that education is non-negotiable. Explore our job openings if you’re passionate about advancing college access for everyone and want to make a difference.

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  • 1,784 Student Graduates
  • 3,921 Family Program Completions
  • $1,729,844 Savings Matched
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