NCAN Welcomes New Board Member from Atlanta

July 19, 2018

By Elizabeth Morgan, Director of External Relations

In late June, the NCAN board of directors voted unanimously to appoint Ms. Tina Fernandez, executive director of Achieve Atlanta, to its ranks. An NCAN member, Achieve Atlanta helps students from the Atlanta Public Schools (APS) apply to college, pay for college, succeed in college, and earn their degrees through a collaborative model. As an intermediary, the organization brings together nonprofits and higher education partners to assist students with the college application process, offers need-based scholarships to thousands of students, and ensures that Achieve Atlanta scholars have support to persist in higher education and earn their degrees.

“Ms. Fernandez has dedicated much of her professional career to increasing education access for low-income students,” NCAN Executive Director Kim Cook said. “Her experience runs from elementary through higher education and includes service on several governing boards. NCAN is fortunate to attract someone with her accomplishments to our leadership team.”

Prior to joining Achieve Atlanta, Ms. Fernandez was a partner at Bellwether Education Partners, a national nonprofit providing strategic, talent, and policy consulting to education organizations.  She also served as a clinical professor at the University of Texas School of Law, where she was twice named Clinical Professor of the Year. In addition, she was the founding director of the school's pro bono program. Prior to that, Ms. Fernandez was managing director of alumni engagement and infrastructure for Teach for America (TFA). She began her professional career as a TFA ’94 corps member and bilingual elementary teacher in the South Bronx.

Ms. Fernandez currently serves on TFA's Atlanta regional board as well as The New Teacher Project’s and Latinos for Education’s national boards of directors. Previously, she served on the State of Georgia’s Education Reform Commission. She earned a B.A. from Harvard College and a J.D. from Columbia University School of Law. Ms. Fernandez lives in Atlanta with her husband Frank and their two children, Franky and Lucia, who attend Atlanta public schools.

The NCAN board is comprised of 13 individuals who volunteer their time to oversee NCAN’s strategy, management, and finances.

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