Meet the Leadership Team


Amber Scott is Founder and Executive Director of Leap Year. A child of first-generation college students, the importance of higher education and the power that it can have to raise a family out of poverty was instilled in Amber at a young age. She believes that the opportunity for higher education should be open to everyone, regardless of where they are born. After working in the nonprofit sector for ten years, she founded Leap Year to challenge the status quo. Amber is a 2018 Echoing Green Fellow, a winner of WeWork’s 2017 Incubate Creator Awards, and was recognized by Black Enterprise as one of “25 Black Women Who Are Changing the World.” She holds a BA in neuroscience from Smith College, and an MBA in marketing from The Ohio State University.


Sarah Dominguez, College Readiness Program Manager with Leap Year, is a 2015 Teach For America alumna. After three years of working in urban education in Charlotte, NC, Sarah has joined the Leap Year team. She is currently a graduate student with Johns Hopkins University working towards her Masters of Science in Educational Studies. She holds a Graduate Certificate in Education from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and a Bachelors of Arts in History from North Carolina State University. Sarah is passionate about the fight to bridge the gap in educational inequity in Atlanta and is excited to be a part of the Leap Year team.

Latonya Dawson serves as the Literacy Program Manager at Leap Year.  Latonya is an army brat and has worked in the nonprofit community most of her professional career.  Latonya developed a strong sense of devotion for the nonprofit sector as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ecuador.   Her experience in Peace Corps lead her to work with youth internationally and domestically for many years.  She also spent time as a Teacher with Teach for America in South Dakota and Georgia. She received a Master’s in Social Work from Columbia University and a Bachelors degree in Psychology from the University of West Georgia.

Board of Directors

La Novia Neal, 3D Schools
Mark Eley, NCR
Heather Hallett, Hallett Capital
Thomas Smith, College Advising Corps