NCAN Launches Policy Council to Work on HEA and with New Administration

November 9, 2016

The National College Access Network is thrilled to announce the launch of its 2017 National Policy Council. This group of NCAN members from across the country will begin meeting immediately to advise NCAN’s policy recommendations for the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act and working with President-elect Donald Trump and the 115th Congress.

“These leaders from the college access and success field bring a wealth of expertise and thought-leadership to the national stage on the eve of an expanding conversation about affordability in higher education,” says Kim Cook, executive director of NCAN. She continued, “It’s never been more crucial that the collective voice of our NCAN members and their students is heard in Washington.”

The National Policy Council will build upon NCAN’s Green Dollars, Red Tape recommendations from this summer to simplify the FAFSA form, protect and strengthen the Pell Grant, and better target the federal work study program. These organizations were selected for their proven track records serving NCAN’s target population of low-income students, students of color, and students who are first in their family to go to college. Additionally, they have all delved into the policy arena and are excited to expand their work in this area. Joining these members together to will strengthen our collective voice.

Bonnie Sutton, President & Chief Executive Officer
Access College Foundation (VA)

Robert Gira, Executive Vice President
AVID (CA)

Missy Sherburne, Chief External Relations Office 
College Advising Corps (NC)

Austin Buchan, Executive Director
College Forward (TX)

Traci Kirtley, Director of Programming & Evaluation
College Possible (MN)

Rich Nickel, President & Chief Executive Officer   
College Success Arizona  (AZ)

Yolanda Watson Spiva, Chief Executive Officer     
College Success Foundation (WA)

Nate Easley, Executive Director  
Denver Scholarship Foundation    (CO)

Troy Miller, Associate Director for Research & Policy         
Florida College Access Network   (FL)

Pete November, Chief Strategy Officer    
iMentor (NY)

Shirley Acevedo Buontempo, Founder and Executive Director
Latino U College Access  (NY)

Brandy Johnson, Executive Director
Michigan College Access Network (MI)

Chad Rountree, Managing Director, Training + Support     
One Goal (IL)

Daniel Challener, President          
Public Education Foundation of Chattanooga (TN)

Kalwis Lo, Director, Policy and Advocacy 
Scholarship America (MN)

Faith Sandler, Executive Director               
Scholarship Foundation of St. Louis (MO)

Bob Obrohta, Executive Director
Tennessee College Access and Success Network (TN)

Laura Keane, Chief Policy Officer              
uAspire  (MA)


For more information, please contact Carrie Warick, Director of Policy and Advocacy.

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