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|Board Bio - Nathaniel Easley|
Nathaniel Easley Jr., Ph.D., Board President
Founding CEO, The Ganas Network: A Charter School Alumni Empowerment Network
Dr. Nate Easley is the founding chief executive officer of the Ganas Network, an initiative to engage ethnically diverse charter school graduates in reforming public education. Prior to founding the Network, Dr. Easley applied 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.
Dr. Easley 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. As an elected official, Dr. Easley served as president and secretary of the DPS Board of Education.
Prior to returning to Denver where he currently resides, Dr. Easley worked as vice president for national and international programs for the Council for Opportunity in Education (COE) in Washington, D.C. COE is a nonprofit organization dedicated to furthering the expansion of educational opportunities in postsecondary education for low-income and disabled youth and adults.
He is a current member of the Colorado State University Board of Governors, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock’s Education Compact, board president of the National College Attainment Network, board member of the Colorado Education Initiative Board, advisory board for Strada’s newly formed Center for Education Consumer Value, and a board member for School Board Partners. He previously served as a member of the Denver School of Science and Technology Public Charter School Board, the Denver Public Schools’ Roots Public Charter School Board, the Community College of Denver Advisory Council, the Colorado School of Public Health Advisory Council and Colorado Latinos for Education Reform. He is also a member of the Aspen Institute Pahara Fall 2017 Cohort, a past member of Colorado Gov. 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.
Dr. Easley 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.