Staff Bio - Colette Hadley

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Colette Hadley

Director of Consulting Services

As NCAN’s director of consulting services, Colette Hadley helps foundations, corporations, nonprofit organizations, and schools to deploy best practices in college access and financial aid advising services for underserved students, strategic need-based scholarship management, fundraising, and related organizational and board development. Services include program assessment and recommendations for improvement, strategic planning, meeting facilitation, and technical assistance to implement new approaches.

Hadley has unparalleled credentials and commitment to help communities increase rates of college-going and completion. She was the CEO of the Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara (SFSB) from 2006 through early 2015, where she had a proven track record of strong scholarship program management and fundraising. Under Hadley’s leadership, the SFSB increased its net assets by 85 percent, doubled the number of college scholarships awarded, and increased the average scholarship amount by 35 percent. SFSB program advisors reached more than 32,000 Santa Barbara County students and parents with rigorous FAFSA trainings, targeted scholarship workshops, early awareness financial aid presentations, and intensive one-on-one counseling sessions. Before joining the SFSB in 1992 as a program officer, Hadley worked as a student affairs officer and then marketing manager for the University of California-Irvine. She studied biological sciences at the University of California-Irvine and has completed certificate programs in nonprofit management and executive leadership. Hadley has significant nonprofit board experience with a number of organizations.