We Are College Track

Commitment. Passion. Joy.
Authenticity. Excellence.

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 Team

Elissa Salas

Chief Executive Officer

Julia Chih

Chief Finance & Operating Officer

Leela de Souza Bransten

Chief Development & Marketing Officer

Saskia Pallais

Regional Executive Officer

Mike Woodward

Chief Program Officer

Heather Berkley

Vice President of Strategic Initiatives

Karen Draper

Vice President of Finance & Operations

Stella Glodek

Vice President of People

Atziry Gutierrez

Interim Vice President of Marketing, Communications, & Alumni Strategy

Jeannie Johnson

Vice President of Programs

Shria Tomlinson

Vice President of Program Operations

Vishal Shah

Vice President of Org Performance

Adriana Solis-Lopez

Vice President of Development

Lindsey Adams

Database Administrator

Jonas Aquino

IT Manager

Bernadette Butler

National Director of Individual Philanthropy

Elizabeth Calmeyer

Talent Acquisition Manager

Tina Colby

National Director of Academic Affairs

Daryl Cook

Financial Planning & Analysis Manager

Elizabeth Dukovich

Director of Grants Management

Abdul Duso

National Director of Student Life

Nicole Embury

National Director of Institutional Philanthropy

Jessica Forsyth

Executive Assistant

Gabriela Garay-Ash

Accounting Manager

Janiece Hill

Management Fellow

Oliver Huang

IT Helpdesk Specialist

Danielle Jarvis

Development Operations Manager

Nadja Jepsen

Financial Programs & Scholarship Director

Katie Kantor

Senior Manager of Program Operations

Brian Kramer

Grant Writer

Sara Kunitake

People Manager

Henri LaSane

National Program Operations Manager

Zoe Melczer

Director of Philanthropic Initiatives

Miccaela Montague

Senior National Director of College Completion

Aja Moore-Ramos

Director of Communications

Danielle Morton

Interim Financial Programs and Scholarships Director

Thomas Munoz

National Director of Program Operations

Robel Negussie


Kurstin Nelms

National Manager of College Advising

Tuan Nguyen

Office Coordinator

Siddharth Patel

Financial Analyst

Baker Renneckar

Performance Manager

Isabel Reyna

Data Analyst

Paul Rodriguez

National Operations Manager

Catie Steinman

Human Resources Generalist

Cornelius Tan

Talent Acquisition Coordinator

Ryan Terada

Staff Accountant

Jennifer Ting

Prospect Research Manager

Darwin Velasquez

National Dreamer Coordinator

Jonny Volan

Performance Manager

Raynisa Wilson

Accounts Payable Specialist

Shasta Zenelle

Director of Development Operations

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
Vice Chair

Charles D. King
Vice Chair

Nancy Lue

Michael Beckwith

Andy Dreyfus

Lynn Feintech

Cynthia Keely

Darell Krasnoff

Debbra Lindo

Marc Mazur

Jonathan Mildenhall

Tony Prophet

Michael Sorrell


Timothy C. Wu

Roger Zamora

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.

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.

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