3 New Members Join NCAN Board

September 28, 2015

By Kim Cook, Executive Director 

At its Sept. 28 annual meeting, the NCAN membership voted to add three new members to its national 14-member board of directors:

  • Adam Berg, Vice President, General Dynamics Information Technology
  • Steven Colón, Vice President for Access to Opportunity, College Board
  • Jamie Sears, Head of Strategic Partnerships & Programs for Community Affairs & Corporate Responsibility, Americas, UBS
NCAN also offers its deepest thanks to outgoing board members Terry Muilenburg of USA Funds and Harold Brown of Knowledgeworks for their longtime, dedicated service to the organization. 

Adam Berg. Mr. Berg is the Vice President of Education Services at General Dynamics Information Technology (GDIT) where he leads a $100M/year portfolio with nearly 800 employees. At GDIT (and predecessor companies) since 2002, Mr. Berg is an accomplished P&L leader adept at forging strategic and customer partnerships. He has led numerous successful new business initiatives for both international and domestic accounts.  He takes special pride in turnaround projects, innovative service models, and his clear conviction that technology can and should dramatically improve the way everyone interacts with government.  Mr. Berg is also responsible for operational effectiveness and customer engagement strategies across GDIT’s Education Services business line. 

In higher education, GDIT is best known for its long standing role designing, building and operating mission systems and customer interaction centers for the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Federal Student Aid (FSA). Notably, Mr. Berg and his team deliver the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) serving more than 20 million students annually. Mr. Berg leads a team of thought leaders who have played a key role in recent efforts to simplify the form, improve the student experience and ultimately reduce barriers to access. Under his leadership the FAFSA has become one of the most highly rated government websites for customer satisfaction in its class and is supported by a GSA award winning contact center.

Mr. Berg also worked closely with the U.S. Department of Education during the launch of the William D. Ford Direct Loan Program. He developed and delivered training and assisted schools with reengineering their business processes in transition to the new program.   

Mr. Berg is a graduate of Boston College with a B.A. in political science.

Steven Colón. Mr. Colón heads the College Board’s Access to Opportunity™ program, which focuses on ensuring that students of various backgrounds — who have earned opportunities through their talent and hard work — engage in academic rigor during high school, apply to and enroll in a college that meets their academic and financial needs, and, ultimately, attain a postsecondary degree. An experienced educator with a focus on diversity and social justice, he is ideally suited to lead the College Board’s efforts to improve the college-going rates of traditionally underserved students. He has been an adjunct political science instructor since 1999 and has taught courses on the civil rights movement, race and ethnic relations, and Hispanic culture and community.

Since joining the College Board in 2005, Mr. Colón has played a key role in SAT®, College Readiness, and Advanced Placement Program® (AP®) strategy and analysis. His responsibilities have included integrating strategic priorities with support functions, monitoring the progress of strategic portfolios, and developing and refining program strategy through competitive analysis, monitoring key trends, and scenario planning. Most recently, Mr. Colón served as the executive director of AP Strategy.

Prior to joining the College Board, Mr. Colón worked for Youth Enrichment Services, an organization dedicated to empowering youth and their families, and the Suffolk County Department of Social Services. He holds a master’s degree in political science from Stony Brook University, a master’s degree in international relations and diplomacy from Saint John’s University, and a bachelor’s degree in comparative government and international relations, also from Saint John’s University. He is a proud father of two young boys.

Jamie Sears. Ms. Sears is Head of Strategic Partnerships & Programs for Community Affairs & Corporate Responsibility, Americas, at UBS. She develops and manages the firm's two flagship philanthropic initiatives focused in the areas of education and entrepreneurship: UBS NextGen Leaders, a $10 million, multi-year investment to increase college access and success for lower-income, first-generation college goers; and Elevating Entrepreneurs, a portfolio of partnerships and programs to spur entrepreneurial growth.

Prior to UBS, Ms. Sears held a variety of roles in the Office at Corporate Engagement at Goldman Sachs, including serving on the launch team for 10,000 Women, a global business and management education initiative for women entrepreneurs; creating and managing the engagement strategy for 10,000 Small Businesses, a domestic initiative focused on business growth and job creation; and as a program officer working with leading scholarship organizations to support underrepresented women pursuing business careers.

Ms. Sears’s previous experience includes launching and managing the Reynolds Foundation Program in Social Entrepreneurship at New York University and working at Teach for America on the corps member selection and national development teams. Her early experience at TFA influenced her lifelong commitment to educational equity, economic empowerment and community development.

Ms. Sears serves on the Social Innovation Summit Council and the Post-Secondary Success Impact Group of Grantmakers for Education. She received an M.P.A. from New York University's Wagner School of Public Service and a B.A. from Pennsylvania State University.

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