We Are College Track
Commitment. Passion. Joy.
College Track is fiercely committed to ensuring that every one of our students earns a four-year college degree and with it, a future of their own design.
Realizing this goal requires the collective efforts of team members who are passionate about this work, derive joy from what we do, and engage in authentic relationships with each other and the College Track community of students, families and partners.
We are educators and mentors. We are marketers and fundraisers. We are financial gurus and data nerds. We are professional advisors and Salesforce navigators.
We are each others’ champions. We are a family.
Our Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) Philosophy
College Track’s mission to ensure our students earn a college degree calls us to disrupt historic injustices, racism, and systemic oppression. Too often, our institutions and systems limit students’ opportunities, rather than set them up for a life of self-determination and freedom. College Track’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion derives from our unwavering belief that all students can, and one day will, experience a world that honors their inherent talents, gifts, and knowledge.
We believe diverse perspectives lead to stronger ideas, striking innovation, and effective practices, accelerating progress toward College Track’s mission. Therefore, we prioritize building diverse teams that reflect the experiences of our students to ensure our community shapes our approach. We also cultivate an inclusive environment and culture of belonging—a critical step in our pursuit of equity.
College Track welcomes and reveres the spectrum of human diversity, and stands against bigotry, racism, sexism, heteronormativity, and all other biases that seek to undermine the dignity of all people. The barriers our students and staff face are deeply entrenched in our society. Therefore, we regularly examine the impact of our policies, processes, and procedures, and refine them to build a more equitable community.
Our Founding Story
In 1997, while advising high school seniors from East Palo Alto about the college admission process, Laurene Powell Jobs and Carlos Watson realized that students who wanted to be the first in their families to attend college received little or no guidance about how to get there. They also discovered that most students who were hungry for information and eager to attend college had not taken the classes necessary to qualify for admission to a California state university.
Recognizing that starting to work with seniors in their senior year was too late, the co-founders spent a year investigating area support programs and nonprofits that worked with teens. They found many programs for elementary and middle school students, but no comprehensive program supporting high school students. Organizations that served teens provided only limited service, focusing on one area, such as tutoring, or youth leadership, but never taking a comprehensive approach.
So, Powell Jobs and Watson created a program to address the community needs they had observed. That program was College Track, a comprehensive college completion program that works with students beginning in ninth grade of high school and continuing through college and beyond.
Chief Executive Officer
Chief Finance & Operating Officer
Leela de Souza Bransten
Chief Development & Marketing Officer
Chief of Regions
Vice President of Programs
Vice President of Org Performance
Vice President of Development
Director of Strategic Initiatives
Quality & Learning Director of Academic Affairs
Financial Planning & Analysis Manager
Board and Communications Manager
Director of Employee Experience
Director of Marketing & Alumni Strategy
IT Helpdesk Specialist
Director of Communications
Financial Programs & Scholarship Director
Senior Quality & Learning Program Manager
Talent Acquisition Director
Quality & Learning Director, College Completion
College Advising Manager
National Operations Manager
Human Resources Generalist
Senior Director of Quality & Learning
Development Manager, Donor Stewardship
Development Operations Manager
Employee Support Specialist
Accounts Payable Specialist
Our Board of Directors
College Track is governed by a board of directors that bring together a wealth of experience in philanthropy, operational management, and development for non-profit organizations.
Laurene Powell Jobs
Chair and Co-Founder
David B. Singer
Charles D. King
Timothy C. Wu