Committee assignments: Evaluation, Academic and Student Affairs, Real Estate/Facilities (Vice Chair)
Term expires: Dec. 31, 2023
Starting May 10, 2021, Dr. Nate Easley became College Track’s Regional Executive Director for Colorado. Over the past 23 years, College Track has focused on supporting students with limited resources to chart their course to and through college. Previously, Dr. Easley was the Founding Chief Executive Officer of The Ganas Network, an initiative to engage ethnically diverse charter school alumni in reforming public education. Dr. Easley also maintained a small consulting business, applying more than 30 years of experience in education leadership to providing strategic advice to nonprofits, college access and success organizations, foundations, and school districts as an education consultant. He has served as the Founding Chief Executive Officer of RootED, a 501(c)(3) public charity focused on increasing the availability of high-quality public schools in Denver through leveraged investments in educator/leader talent, high performing schools, and a supportive policy environment. Prior to RootED, Dr. Easley served as CEO of the Denver Scholarship Foundation, a nonprofit public charity focused on inspiring and empowering Denver Public School (DPS) students to achieve their postsecondary education goals by providing the tools, knowledge, and financial resources essential for success. Prior to returning to Denver, Dr. Easley worked as Vice President for National and International Programs for the Council for Opportunity in Education (COE) in Washington, DC. COE is a nonprofit organization dedicated to furthering the expansion of educational opportunities in postsecondary education for low-income and disabled youth and adults.
Regarding his volunteer work civic engagement, Dr. Easley is currently serves as Board President of the National College Attainment Network, a member of the Ganas Network Advisory Board, a member and Secretary of the Colorado State University System Board of Governors, a member of Denver Mayor Michael Hancock’s Education Compact, a board member for the Colorado Education Initiative, a board member for School Board Partners, and a member of the Colorado Department of Education Equity Champions Coalition. Previously, he served as President and Secretary of the DPS Board of Education, a member of the Denver School of Science and Technology Public Charter School Board, a member of Roots Public Charter School Founding Board, a member of the Community College of Denver Advisory Council, a member of the Colorado School of Public Health Advisory Council, and a member of the Advisory Board for Strada’s Center for Education Consumer Value, and a member of Colorado Latinos for Education Reform. He is a member of the Aspen Institute Pahara Cohort 19, a past member of Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper’s Education Leadership Council and the National Advisory Council for Texas Guaranteed Inc. (the third largest student loan guarantee organization in the United States at the time) and previously co-chaired the Denver Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce Education Committee.
He has extensive experience helping public school students realize their dream of a college education and securing grant funding to sustain student programs. His master’s and doctorate focused on how higher education can better support the academic success and college completion of Black and Latinx students. He has worked at the state, national and international levels to create opportunities for first-generation, low-income, and ethnic minority students.