Mancini’s six-year tenure at College Possible helped expand access to and success in college for underserved students across Oregon.
College Possible Oregon announced that Executive Director Julie Mancini will be leaving in June 2020. Mancini’s contributions to College Possible Oregon were invaluable and her leadership resulted in the program’s statewide expansion and increase in the number of historically underserved students who apply to and graduate from colleges and universities across the country.
Julie has been an exceptional executive director and leader of College Possible Oregon. During her tenure she has forged important initiatives to expand our program by bringing equitable access to higher education to rural communities in the state, diversified our funding streams and doubled the number of our college partners,” said Ken Thrasher, chair of the board of directors.
The program grew from serving under 500 students to more than 1,850 students across the state and more than tripled the operating budget of the organization.
Mancini will be leaving College Possible Oregon at the end of June and a national search for the next executive director has already been launched. Before joining College Possible, Mancini was the executive director of Literary Arts in Portland, an organization that engages readers, supports writers and inspires the next generation with great literature. She has also served as the executive director of Caldera and Mercy Corps Action Center.
My six years with College Possible Oregon have been some of the best years of my professional life, and I will miss working with our talented and dedicated staff, our AmeriCorps coaches and all the students who have made such an important commitment to pursue a college education,” says Mancini. “I have watched the tremendous growth, accomplishments and awareness that the organization has achieved. We not only beat the odds to help students from historically underserved communities get into college, but we also help students find a college that will be a good fit, one of the markers for increased success in college and in life and earn their degrees.”
Please join us in thanking Julie and wishing her well in her future endeavors!