Staff Bio - Sara Melnick

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Sara Melnick

Deputy Director

Sara Melnick, deputy director of the National College Access Network, has nearly 20 years of experience helping schools and communities work together to enhance outcomes for K-12 students. As deputy director, Ms. Melnick oversees projects focused on college access and success, manages the organization’s annual conference, and provides technical assistance on the development of statewide college access networks.

Prior to joining NCAN, she spent seven years as the associate director, K-16 initiatives with the National Council for Community and Education Partnerships (NCCEP) where she worked with college access programs across the country, including the federally funded GEAR UP grantees. In that role, Ms. Melnick managed projects, provided technical assistance to communities, and co-authored training curricula on developing partnerships to support early college awareness initiatives.

Ms. Melnick has also worked with America’s Promise, the National Association of Partners in Education, and as a public school teacher in New York City. She has written publications on the intersection of service-learning and school-to-work, integrating telecommunications technology into education, developing school-to-career initiatives and after-school programs and creating safe learning environments, and has served on the Community and Civic Organization Steering Committee of the U.S. Department of Education's Partnership for Family Involvement in Education and the board of the National Coalition for Parent Involvement in Education.

Ms. Melnick holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Vassar College and a Master of Business Administration degree in industrial/organizational psychology from Baruch College. She lives in Maryland with her husband and three children.