The Riordan Initiative

The mission of the Riordan Foundation is to provide students, especially those in low-income communities, with access to a high quality education that will prepare them to compete successfully in the 21st century. Consistent with that mission, and in furtherance of it, the Foundation is proud to support the Riordan Initiative.

The Riordan Initiative was founded by Mayor Richard J. Riordan, Princeton class of 1952, and Crystal Nix Hines, Princeton class of 1985. The Initiative identifies exceptionally high-achieving, L.A.-area, minority, economically-challenged high school students in order to introduce them to Princeton University and encourage their application to the university. It also supports students' application efforts and mentors those who are admitted to and choose to attend Princeton.

As a result of a thorough strategic planning process by the Board of Directors and Staff of The Riordan Foundation, the last cohort for the Riordan Initiative was selected in the spring of 2016.

Support continues for existing Riordan Initiative scholars.

We wish to extend our gratitude to all those who helped and supported this successful program, especially our Princeton alumni volunteers; Princeton admission officers, staff, and faculty; and southern California non-profit organization partners.

The Director of the Initiative is Shani Moore Weatherby, Esq., Princeton class of 2002, and she can be reached at for questions or feedback.