Andrew R. Holets ’06 – Albright College

Andrew R. Holets ’06


Presented to an Albright alumnus/a or alumni couple who have received degrees within the past 15 years for outstanding achievement in at least one of the following areas: profession or career, dedicated volunteer service to Albright, church or community. To be eligible, nominees must be 35 years of age or younger by the nomination deadline.

Andrew R. Holets, M.A. ’06, is a nonprofit community leader focused on addressing inequity in underserved populations. He presently works as a school administrator at The Waldorf School of San Diego, and previously as the CEO at Pro Kids The First Tee of San Diego, a nonprofit organization serving opportunity youth with life skills and character development programming through education, scholarships and the game of golf. He has also worked in fund development and community outreach with the YMCA in Philadelphia and San Diego.

Holets, who grew up in Whitehall, Pa., painted over 250 Albright College dormitory rooms following graduation while awaiting the start of his service in the Peace Corps. His Peace Corps service took place in the Republic of Kazakhstan as an organizational and community development program volunteer, and he worked in military communities in Germany with the Department of Defense. He has studied at the University of Pennsylvania Fels Institute of Government, and holds an M.A. in nonprofit leadership and management from the University of San Diego’s School of Leadership and Educational Sciences. He has worked in the nonprofit sector for more than a decade, where the majority of his work occurs in the urban communities of San Diego, focusing on access to opportunity and higher education for underserved youth, predominately for first-generation, refugee and military households. Holets is also co-founder of Students of Service Foundation, which addresses student loan debt for individuals pursuing careers in public service career fields.

While a student at Albright, Andrew loved the community of lions, serving as archon and philanthropy chair of Pi Kappa Phi; cartoonist, news editor and contributor of The Albrightian; DJ and sports director at WXAC; and as a member of the Mane Men and Pi Sigma Alpha (political science fraternity).

Holets enjoys running and spending time with his wife, Jennifer (Lanser) Holets ’07, and their two children. They reside in San Diego, Ca.