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About NCAN

Our Mission

Our mission is to build, strengthen, and empower communities and stakeholders to close equity gaps in postsecondary attainment for all students.

History

NCAN was incorporated as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in 1995 by nine founding members that wanted to share best practices and spread college access and success services around the country.

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We Can Achieve Postsecondary Success for All Students

Drawing on the expertise of hundreds of organizational members in every U.S. state, NCAN is dedicated to improving the quality and quantity of support that underrepresented students receive to apply to, enter, and succeed in postsecondary education.

Today, students of color, students from low-income backgrounds, and those who are the first in their family to attend college experience disproportionately lower rates of postsecondary success. For example, a low-income student is 29% less likely to enroll in postsecondary education directly after high school than a high-income student. Ultimately, only 35% of low-income high school students obtain a postsecondary credential by age 26, compared to 72% of high-income students.

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Staff

Raymond AlQaisi
Policy and Advocacy Manager
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Kim Cook
Executive Director
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Jamese Carrell
Member Services Associate
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Crystal Courtney
Office and Events Manager
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Bill DeBaun
Director of Data and Evaluation
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Colette Hadley
Director of Consulting Services
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Zenia Henderson
Director of Member & Partner Engagement
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MorraLee Keller
Director of Technical Assistance
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Tong Lee
Database Administrator
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Karen Lopez
Communications Intern
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Sara Melnick
Deputy Director
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Elizabeth Morgan
Director of External Relations
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Janai Raphael
Graduate Assistant for Research and Data Analysis
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Kelly Mae Ross
Communications Manager
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Carrie Warick
Director of Policy and Advocacy
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Board of Directors

Nathaniel Easley Jr., Ph.D.
Board President
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Steve Colón
Board Vice President
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Adam Berg
Board Treasurer
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Jamie Sears
Board Secretary
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Tina Fernandez
Board Member
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Marlene Ibsen
Past Board President
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Paul Luna
Board Member
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Candy Marshall
Board Member
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Stephen Smith
Board Member
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Herb Tillery
Board Member
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Ricardo Torres
Board Member
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Support NCAN

Your tax-deductible donation to NCAN will help us empower communities across the U.S. to close equity gaps in college attainment and increase the number of low-income students and students of color who get the support they need to complete a postsecondary degree or credential. Thank you for being part of the college access and success movement!

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