The start of the new year brought some exciting changes for NCAN. Earlier this month, we welcomed not one, not two, but three new staff members to the NCAN team: Lindsey Barclay, Carm Saimbre, and Ewaoluwa Ogundana.
All three hires will be important to NCAN’s efforts to continually improve our member services and advance our strategic plan goals of helping more K-12 schools and higher education institutions to adopt effective strategies for students.
Read on to learn more about Lindsey, Carm, and Ewaoluwa.
NCAN is pleased to welcome Lindsey Barclay as our new member services manager. Lindsey will be responsible for managing professional development content and member services, increasing knowledge sharing about current sector issues and trends, and promoting strong partnerships in the postsecondary pipeline.
Prior to joining NCAN, Lindsey served as the college access director at NCAN member CollegeTracks in Montgomery County, Maryland, where she provided strategic and data-driven direction to a team of college access professionals serving high school juniors and seniors. In addition to her work in college access, she gained valuable direct service experience while working as a college success coach at CollegeTracks. She also has experience in residence life and student affairs at several universities.
Lindsey earned her master’s degree in applied sociology and her bachelor’s degree in cultural anthropology and sociology, both from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. She has completed continuing professional development through courses in Georgetown University’s Nonprofit Management Executive Certificate program.
We are also excited to welcome Carm Saimbre ad NCAN's new external relations associate. Carm will work closely with the director of external relations and executive director to engage and support NCAN’s current and prospective board members, funders, and strategic partners to fulfill NCAN’s mission.
Prior to NCAN, Carm served as the communications coordinator at the Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA) for two years, where she worked on making bicycling accessible to all and expanding the region’s paved trails network.
Carm earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Maryland, College Park. As a first-generation college student who received financial and emotional support from incredible community organizations, NCAN’s mission is near to Carm’s heart.
Last but certainly not least, NCAN is pleased to welcome Ewaoluwa Ogundana as our new communications intern. Ewaoluwa a senior at Trinity Washington University studying political science, with a minor in communications. She will be graduating this December and plans to continue pursuing higher education in the area of public policy.
As the communications intern, Ewaoluwa will promote and expand NCAN’s policy communications and advocacy work through blog posts, newsletter articles, and social media. She'll also collaborate with NCAN members to help share stories about their work and their students.
Prior to joining NCAN, Ewaoluwa was a fellow for the Maryland state government and worked on a policy proposal to expand Maryland’s K-12 education policies. She and her group researched ways state departments could help unaccompanied homeless youth and foster care youth increase their high school graduation rates. In her future career, Ewaoluwa plans to continue advocating for education policies to reduce the systematic disparities in public school systems.