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A letter from Oregon’s new executive director, John Chang

John Chang

Dear College Possible Community,

I’m thrilled to introduce myself as I step into the role of College Possible Oregon’s executive director. Having admired College Possible’s mission and impact for several years, it is a true honor for me to now partner with you in this critical work.

As an Oregonian who grew up in an immigrant family with humble beginnings, my story is really the College Possible story. I’ve experienced firsthand just how empowering education can be for a family new to this country, and how it impacts subsequent generations. Along my journey, I’ve also personally benefited from countless teachers, coaches and mentors who genuinely believed in me and took the time to invest in my educational success. Their relentless commitment to see me personally succeed has transformed my life.

Throughout my career, I’ve had the privilege of leading student success programs and workforce education partnerships for businesses, foundations and nonprofits throughout the state, recently directing college scholarships and community grant initiatives across all 36 Oregon counties. As a passionate champion of students from underrepresented and low-income backgrounds, I’ve seen how equitable education can create lasting generational impact in urban and rural communities.

I believe College Possible is at the center of that lasting impact, because of our commitment to journey 6+ years with every student into college and career success. We know that with the support of College Possible, students in Oregon are twice as likely to graduate from college compared with their peers from similar backgrounds – the impact is quite striking. Like you, I’m incredibly moved by our dedicated coaches and hardworking students. They are, after all, the face of our organization and the inspiration for the work of College Possible.

I’m truly grateful for your ongoing commitment to College Possible’s mission. Together, we are envisioning how we can tangibly impact thousands of students in 2023 (and beyond)!

With gratitude,

John Chang
College Possible Oregon Executive Director

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