Welcome to NCAN's New Communications Manager

May 23, 2016

By Elizabeth Morgan, director of external relations

The National College Access Network has hired Allie Ciaramella, a former national higher education news reporter, as the new communications manager to help deliver and promote NCAN’s key messages, information and opportunities to network members, policymakers, the media and other stakeholders in the field of college access and success.

Allie started on the job last week and is managing the content in NCAN's blog, quarterly newsletters and weekly Success Digest, as well as the network's main Twitter account, @collegeaccess. (NCAN is no longer @2CollegeNetwork; one of Allie’s first moves was to adopt a more consistent and intuitive Twitter handle.) She’ll also be heavily involved in NCAN’s work to simplify and promote completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid to help more low-income and underrepresented students attend and complete college.

And Allie is eager to get up-to-date on our members’ news! So please say “hi” and share what’s going on with you: allie@collegeaccess.org.

NCAN circulated the job opportunity widely through outlets including Idealist.org, Fritzwire, Women in Government Relations, Education Writers Association, DC Young Education Professionals, local graduate schools, Twitter, our member newsletter and many personal contacts. We received about 75 applications, identified 12 candidates, conducted nine first interviews and conducted three second interviews.

Before joining NCAN, Allie covered federal and state higher education policy at POLITICO Pro. Under the byline Allie Grasgreen Ciaramella, she reported extensively on the Barack Obama Administration's postsecondary agenda, including efforts by the Education Department to streamline federal financial aid, simplify the FAFSA form and strengthen the volume and value of Pell Grants. She also covered efforts in Congress to reauthorize the Higher Education Act, improve student loan servicing and hold colleges more accountable for student outcomes.

Prior to POLITICO, Allie was a reporter at Inside Higher Ed, where she covered the National Collegiate Athletic Association and student affairs issues such as health, activism and administration. She earned her bachelor's degree in 2010 from the University of Oregon, majoring in newspaper/editorial journalism and minoring in environmental studies. Allie loves to travel and scuba dive, but mostly she spends her spare time frequenting the D.C. happy hour circuit with her husband CJ, a journalist and fellow Oregonian, and watching cooking shows or Gossip Girl reruns.

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