College Track in Northern California
Since the 1980s, Northern California has become a global center for technology and entrepreneurship. Yet in the region’s largest metropolitan areas, less than one third of residents have the educational credentials necessary to participate in its booming economy.
In 1997, College Track was founded with 25 students in the heart of East Palo Alto. 17 years later, more than 1,600 students from communities throughout Northern California, including East Palo Alto, Oakland, San Francisco, and Sacramento are setting a new standard for what students in the region can achieve.
With the combined efforts of students, families, and partners, we are inspiring a new generation of leaders throughout the Bay Area, our state capitol and beyond.
Our Regional Impact
students currently enrolled
the national graduation rate for first-generation & low-income students
“I remember those early days in the East Palo Alto center like it was yesterday. Today, that first class of 25 students and one thousand more are out in the world proving that no one’s zip code should define their future. As College Track’s first employee, I couldn’t be more proud of our scholars and what they’ve been able to achieve, in partnership with so many communities across the region.”
Marshall Lott, Senior Regional Partnerships Director, College Track Northern California
Our Corporate Residency Program
In 2018, College Track Northern California became the first region to develop a Corporate Residency Program that would both support students on their professional journeys and leverage the expertise of our incredible corporate partners.
For the last two summers, students across the region have participated in day-long visits with partner host companies. The day’s activities are specifically designed to provide college students with opportunities to engage with company staff, learn about possible career pathways, develop a professional network, experience a corporate environment, understand how to prepare for interviews, and explore available internship or job opportunities.
To learn more, read our brochure and contact us to become a Corporate Residency Partner!
Our Regional Partners
We are lucky to partner with some of Northern California’s most prestigious businesses, foundations, corporations, and educational institutions to see young people capitalize on their potential, through the power of education.
Bay Area Local Advisory Board
James "Randy" Bush (Chair) Principal, Deloitte
Peter Doyle Associate, Accel
Rod Hall Managing Director, Goldman Sachs
Jason Hill President and CEO, R.G. Hill & Company
Sacramento Local Advisory Board
Craig Yoder (Chair) Partner, Crowe LLP
Jon Coss Chief Executive Officer, Pondera Solutions
Brian Dean Vice President & Senior Relationship Manager, U.S. Bank
Beth Dodson Co-founder, HomeZada
Jake Mossawir President/CEO, St. HOPE
Josh Nisbet Lead Client Services Partner, Deloitte
Kathleen Olson Business Relationship Manager, JPMorgan Chase
Akosia Robinson College Track Parent
Terrence Shelton Vice President | Learning & Development, Golden 1 Credit Union
Jay Thomas Principal, Thomas/Ferrous
Nathan Torinus Chief Operating Officer, Genovese Burford & Brothers
Leroy Tripette Economic Development Coordinator, SMUD
Bay Area Young Professionals Board
Animesh Agrawal Financial Data Analyst, Lyft
Vandana Bhairi Account Manager, Bloomberg LP
Alexandra "Lexi" Burbey Investment Banking Analyst, DBO Partners
Michelle Chan Audit Senior, Deloitte
Jake Cheng Strategic Finance, Algolia
Jenesh Dobie Senior Operations Coordinator, Cardinal Education
Tevah El Emmet Content Strategist, Facebook
Laura Falkner Clinical Development Engineer, Intuitive Surgical
Kerwin Ferrette Corporate Partnerships Sales Associate, Oakland Athletics
Easar Forghany (Co-Chair) Financial Analyst, Google
Amanda Fuji Customer Experience Supervisor, Pacific Gas and Electric Company
Paola Garcia Abbo Investment Management Associate, Goldman Sachs
Lucy Liu Strategic Partnerships, Google
Sida Lu Eater Growth, UberEats
Andy Mitchell Wealth Management Professional, Goldman Sachs
David Nguyen Head of Solutions, Cognito
Shreya Tanna (Co-Chair) Customer Operations Lead, Udemy
Lisa Truong Product Manager, Deliv
Contact Our Team
You can contact our Northern California Regional office by emailing Ashika Maharaj at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To learn more about making a donation or partnering with us, please contact:
Northern California: Adriana Solis Lopez, Senior Director of Development, at email@example.com.
- Nicole Embury Partusch, Director of Institutional Philanthropy, at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Marshall Lott, Senior Regional Partnerships Director, at email@example.com.
Sacramento: Nikki Wardlaw, Senior Director of Development and Partnerships, at firstname.lastname@example.org.