College Track Makes News

Our Mission

Equip students confronting systemic barriers to earn a bachelor’s degree in pursuit of a life of opportunity, choice, and power.

From ninth grade through college graduation, our 10-year program systematically removes the academic, financial, and social-emotional barriers that keep first-generation students from low-income communities from completing college and thriving in the workforce. Today, College Track serves more than 3,400 students in 12 communities across California, Colorado, Louisiana, and the D.C. Metro Area, with 600+ alumni leading a movement to democratize potential.


San Francisco Business Times' Giving Hub highlights College Track's partnership with Bay Area businesses


CBS New Orleans interviews students and staff on college admissions scandal

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Kevin Durant brings College Track to his hometown


Frank News interviews College Track leadership about college affordability


Press Materials

News Articles

Our program model, impact, and incredible student stories have been showcased in news outlets across the country.

Releases & Statements

We work in concert with our partners to share important milestones and announcements that impact our students and communities at-large.

Brochures & Reports

A breadth of collateral materials are available to provide additional context into our program model and its impact to-date.

Our Expertise

With over 22 years serving students on their high school through college journey, College Track is pleased to be a resource for journalists on a variety of topics relating to college completion. Some of these topics include: college application practices, college readiness, persistence and summer melt, why a four-year college degree, maximizing financial aid options, supporting Dreamers and DACA recipients, and how we can ensure upward social mobility for today’s low-income and first-generation students.

Our Leading Voices

We believe in the power of national and local voices to speak to some of the greatest issues surrounding education and social justice and their impact on the communities we serve. Our regional leadership have a deep connection to this work and would offer significant insight to your stories.

Elissa Salas

Chief Executive Officer

Saskia Pallais

Regional Executive Officer

Mike Woodward

Chief Program Officer

Vanecia Kerr

Regional Executive Director, Colorado

John Lee

Regional Executive Director

Marshall Lott

Interim Regional Executive Director

Susan Stevenson

Regional Executive Director, D.C. Metro Area

Darwin Velasquez

National Dreamer Coordinator

Media Inquiries

For all press inquiries and information, please contact Aja Moore-Ramos, Director of Communications, at or Susan Pierson-Brown, Communications Consultant, at and 206.409.4693.

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Leya is a CT student and current @Stanford senior. She was named a a 2020 Truman Scholar— one of 62 scholars selected nationwide. After earning her degree, Leya plans to attend law school and become a public defender, organizing alongside community activists.  #wearecollegetrack

Today we celebrate @collegetrack alum, Josh. He is currently a grad student at @Tulane in Emergency Management. As a Hurricane Katrina survivor, Josh has seen the inequity of aid in low-income communities. His goal is to improve emergency response protocols. #wearecollegetrack

There is no summer slump for @collegetrack students. Across our regions, students have been participating in our Corporate Residency Program. The program exposes college students to internships and employment opportunities in various industries. #wearecollegetrack