President & Co-Founder

“Young children can always tell you what they want to be when they grow up—just ask any 4-year-old, and you’ll surely get a wonderful answer. We must keep these hopes alive for all kids as they grow and instill in them the awareness that the possibilities are endless.”

Don Danforth III co-founded City Academy and assumed the role of president when the school opened in 1999. He obtained a BA in English Writing/History from St. Lawrence University in 1989 and began his professional career at Ralston Purina Company. In 1993, Don was named education director for the Mathews-Dickey Boys’ & Girls’ Club, and later founded City Academy.

Don serves on numerous nonprofit boards including the American Youth Foundation, KIPP: St. Louis and Teach for America. Don and his wife Susannah have four children.

Awards and Honors:

  • St. Louis Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 Class of 2002
  • CORO Leadership Center Emerging Leader Award 2004
  • Salute to Excellence Stellar Performer 2007
  • The Princeton Award for Community Service
  • Opportunity Maker Award from Boys Hope Girls Hope of St. Louis