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|Staff Bio - Zenia Henderson|
Director of Member & Partner Engagement
As NCAN’s director of member & partner engagement, Zenia Henderson is responsible for attracting and retaining NCAN members through professional development, support services, and networking as well as increasing engagement with K-12 schools and higher education institutions.
Before joining NCAN, Mrs. Henderson served as the senior director of programs for NCAN member CollegeTracks in Montgomery County, MD, where she provided strategic and data-driven programmatic oversight of the college access and success programs operating in several Montgomery County Public High Schools.
With 15+ years in the nonprofit sector, Mrs. Henderson has an extensive background in the field of college access, persistence and completion. Her firsthand experience as a first-generation college graduate led her to pursue endeavors with organizations that afford low-income and first-generation-to-college students the opportunity to pursue higher education, such as with NCAN member College Summit, now PeerForward, where she worked regionally and nationally to recruit volunteers for seven regions across the country. In addition to her work as a certified youth facilitator with PeerForward, she has a range of experience in leadership development, nonprofit management and direct service experience with various nonprofit and federal programs such as the Latin American Youth Center and Communities in Schools as well as Trio programs such as Student Support Services and Upward Bound.
Mrs. Henderson completed her undergraduate studies with a bachelor’s degree in English and Ethnic Studies from the University of Colorado at Boulder and holds a master’s degree in Organizational Management from Trinity Washington University. She lives in Maryland with her husband and two sons.