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.
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
Director of Proposal Management
Director of Employee Experience
Director of Marketing & Alumni Strategy
Director of Communications
IT Helpdesk Specialist
Financial Programs & Scholarship Director
Senior Quality & Learning Program Manager
Talent Acquisition Director
Quality & Learning Director, College Completion
Financial Programs and Scholarships Fellow
College Advising Manager
National Operations Manager
Human Resources Generalist
Talent Acquisition Coordinator
Prospect Research Manager
Senior Director of Quality & Learning
Director of Development Operations
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
Our Founding Story
In 1997, while advising high school seniors from East Palo Alto about the college admission process, Laurene Powell 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, Laurene and Carlos created a program to address the community needs they had observed. That program was College Track.