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Nate Easley, Jr. - District 4 - Secretary
Nate Easley, Ph.D. is Deputy Director for the Denver Scholarship Foundation (DSF) and a current member (and past president) of the Denver Public Schools Board of Education. The Denver Scholarship Foundation is a 501(c)(3) public charity whose mission is to inspire and empower Denver Public School (DPS) students to achieve their postsecondary education goals by providing the tools, knowledge and financial resources essential for success. Prior to joining the Denver Scholarship Foundation, Dr. Easley served as Vice President for National and International Programs for the Council for Opportunity in Education (COE) in Washington, DC. COE is a non-profit organization dedicated to furthering the expansion of educational opportunities in postsecondary education for low-income and disabled youth and adults. Dr. Easley currently serves on Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper’s Framing Committee and his Education Leadership Council. He also serves as a member of the Community College of Denver Advisory Council.
Dr. Easley has extensive experience helping disadvantaged 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 Latino students. Dr. Easley has worked at the state, national and international levels to create opportunities for first-generation, low-income and ethnic minority students. He has over 25 years of experience working with college access and retention programs and professionals.
Dr. Easley served as an Upward Bound counselor and assistant director at Colorado State University, President of the Colorado TRIO Association (Colorado ASPIRE), board member for the Western Association of Educational Opportunity Personnel, director of the Student Support Services program and the campus learning center at the University of California at San Diego, and as a member of Colorado Governor Ritter’s P-20 Council. Dr. Easley is a proud graduate of Montbello High School in Denver, Colorado.
Ph.D. Education, American University, GPA – 4.0
Dissertation Topic: Factors that Contribute to the Academic Success of Mexican Immigrants
M.S., Student Affairs in Higher Education, Colorado State University, GPA – 4.0
Master’s Research: Retention of Black College Students at White Colleges
B.A. History, Colorado State University, GPA – 3.2
Senior Paper: "Why Africans Became Slaves in the New World"