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College Possible Oregon Welcomes Emielle Nischik as New Executive Director

College Possible Oregon is pleased to announce Emielle Nischik as its new executive director. Nischik will be stepping into outgoing Executive Director Julie Mancini’s role following a two-month transition period.

“I am delighted to welcome Emielle into the executive director role at College Possible after more than four years serving as our director of development and communications,” said Ken Thrasher, chair of the board of directors. “During Emielle’s tenure the team has more than tripled the budget allowing them to expand the program statewide and triple the number of students served.”

Nischik came to College Possible Oregon in 2015 with a desire to dedicate her career to educational equity with past experience in business development, nonprofit management and fundraising. As a first-generation college graduate, raised in rural Oregon, Nischik believes strongly in the power of education and is honored to combine her personal experience and passion to continue advancing the mission of College Possible. She holds an MPA and a certificate of nonprofit management from Portland State University and has served on several boards and committees focused on educational equity in Oregon, including A Place with No Ceiling and KairosPDX.

Nischik will be the third executive director of College Possible Oregon, succeeding Julie Mancini’s very successful five-year tenure with the organization, during which Oregon celebrated their first class of college graduates.

In her new role, Nischik will be responsible for the day-to-day management and operational issues, leading strategic organizational development, raising funds, coordinating communications and continuing to build relationships with partner organizations in the Portland metro region and rural communities in Eastern Oregon.

Want to reach out to Emielle Nischik? Please do! You can reach her at: or 971.407.2973.



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