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.

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“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

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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!

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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.

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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

Jon Coss (Chair) Chief Executive Officer, Pondera Solutions

Brian Dean Vice President & Senior Relationship Manager, U.S. Bank

Beth Dodson Co-founder, HomeZada

Kathy McKim Founder, Mile 26 Strategies & Senior Vice President, Hawksbill Group

Jake Mossawir President/CEO, St. HOPE

Josh Nisbet Lead Client Services Partner, Deloitte

Kathleen Olson Business Relationship Manager, JPMorgan Chase

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Terrence Shelton Senior Manager 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

Craig Yoder Partner, Crowe LLP

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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 amaharaj@collegetrack.org.

To learn more about making a donation or partnering with us, please contact:

Northern California: Adriana Solis Lopez, Senior Director of Development, at asolislopez@collegetrack.org.

Bay Area:

Sacramento: Nikki Wardlaw, Senior Director of Development and Partnerships, at nwardlaw@collegetrack.org.

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