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Washington welcomes new advisory board members

“We’re thrilled to welcome a dynamic group of leaders to our advisory board during this crucial time to help amplify our mission and make it possible for our students to navigate the complex college process,” said Guadalupe Torres, executive director, College Possible Washington. “Our work is needed now more than ever as families of color are the most impacted by the pandemic and economic downturn. Our new members bring substantial experience and a genuine passion for serving high school and college students.”

New advisory board members include:

Tim Tran, dean of STEM at Rainier Prep. Tim brings a decade of experience working in Title 1 schools and is currently a school administrator in the South Seattle community. He was previously the director of student support at a public charter school in Houston, TX and also worked in schools through the University of Washington’s Dream Project, which fueled his passion for college access work.

Kelly Harrington, director of college counseling and student services at University Prep. Kelly has worked to improve college access throughout his career and founded and directed Camp College, an early intervention/access program for Native American students. He was the recipient of NACAC’s rising star award and the John B. Muir Editor’s Award and also received the Counselors That Change Lives Award.

Nate Simpson, program officer at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. At the foundation, Nate supports the postsecondary success strategy around “Pathways” to encourage more low-income and first-generation college students to pursue college degrees. Before joining the foundation, Nate served 15 years in the field of higher education and lead a number of student initiatives in Chicago and Dallas.

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