Founder & CEO
Pamela Donnelly is a bestselling author (SWAT Team Tactics for Getting Your Teen Into College and 4 Keys to College Admissions Success), speaker, and college access specialist. As Time Magazine’s go-to college admissions expert, she frequently appears on regional and national television. Larry King has endorsed her most recent book, and she is a frequent speaker at live events throughout the greater Los Angeles region and at conference across America. Her passionate advocacy for education reform has led her to the doctoral program at Pepperdine University, where she will graduate in 2021 with her PhD in Global Leadership and Change. Pamela graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Columbia University in the City of New York with degrees in Literature/Writing and Secondary Education, and is the founder of GATE College System, a digital college prep solution that was researched and developed right here at Valley Prep. A professional educator for over 20 years and former on-camera talent under contract to ABC- TV, she is the academic expert trusted by many of the most discerning parents in the US. Her commitment to leveling the playing field has led to strategic partnerships with major philanthropic organizations across the country, and she has spoken on Capital Hill and presented to the US Department of Education about the need for increasing equitable access to higher education for disadvantaged students. A mother of three, Donnelly leads Valley Prep’s team of expert educators, helping parents go the extra mile to ensure their teens transition to the right-fit colleges with maximum merit-based financial aid so they don’t go broke.