Signe Tronson

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

Signe Tronson is Communications Coordinator with GtCNN’s Development and Communications team. She works within GtCNN and partner programs to coordinate brand consistency throughout the network. Her primary work is designing collateral, launching and maintaining the new website and blog, growing social media, and supporting development and education services initiatives. She has been with GtCNN since February 2015.

Prior to joining Gateway, Signe worked in marketing and design for an intensive English school in SE Portland, developing their website and materials, growing social media, and planning student events, and at a real estate office. She currently works with nonprofit theatres in the Portland area as a graphic designer, creating promotional materials for plays. She holds a BS in Advertising from the University of Oregon. 

Devora Shamah

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

Dr. Devora Shamah is Senior Manager of Research.  She has been part of the Research and Evaluation Team since 2009. At GtCNN, she assists with ongoing analysis as part of our continuous improvement work, conducts research projects and consults with community colleges around student success for underserved and previously disengaged youth. Current research and evaluation projects focus on student support, positive youth development, and program improvement. One of her current research projects specifically examines the ways youth negotiate challenges at home with school responsibilities. In addition to her responsibilities at GtCNN, Devora teaches adolescent development at Oregon State University.


Devora’s training is in Human Development. She has conducted research on educational, career, and family aspirations; sense of purpose; and identity development in adolescents. Prior to working at GtCNN, she taught at an alternative middle school. Devora holds a BA in Communications from U.C. San Diego, an M.S. T. (masters in teaching) from the University of Chicago, and a Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Studies from Oregon State University.

Nick Mathern

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

Nick Mathern is Associate Vice President of Policy & Partnership Development. Since 2005, he has brokered agreements between colleges, school districts, and state education agencies in order to connect communities with training, professional development, and evaluation services, as well as replication and implementation of the Gateway to College program model. Nick is also responsible for developing and executing the National Network’s policy agenda, which aims to provide pathways, resources, and support services for opportunity youth to reengage with education and achieve success in post-secondary programs.

Before coming to GtCNN, Nick taught in a small alternative high school. His previous career was in social services involving child abuse intervention, serving children and families who were survivors of domestic violence, and working with adjudicated youth and adults. He holds a BA in Sociology from Drake University in Iowa and a Master’s in Public Administration with a focus on education policy from the Hatfield School of Government at Portland State University. 

Jill Marks

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

Jill Marks is California State Director. She facilitates a statewide community of practice among the Gateway to College schools and programs in California. In her role, Jill directs the delivery of support to California programs, fosters partnerships with new communities to develop additional Gateway to College programs, and develops local network and stakeholder relationships. She is based in Los Angeles.

Before joining GtCNN, Jill was the program director (2004 -2013) for Gateway to College at Riverside City College, the National Network’s first replication site and structured as a charter school. Jill developed the skills and knowledge needed for her current role from secondary and post-secondary teaching and administrative experiences with Riverside Unified School District, Riverside City College, Cypress College and University of California, Riverside Extension. She holds a BA and an MA in History from the University of California, Riverside, with a focus on the United States and Latin America, as well as administrative and single subject teaching credentials.

David Johnson

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

Mr. Johnson joined Gateway to College National Network in 2007 to assist with the spin-off from Portland Community College to an independent nonprofit organization. Prior to his time at GtCNN, Mr. Johnson served as a Grants Officer at Portland Community College and was a founding partner of a grant writing and fund development firm that has secured more than $32.5 million in grant funding for its clients, including school districts, colleges and universities, and nonprofit organizations.

As GtCNN’s Chief of Staff, he serves as a strategic partner to the President, VP of Finance & Administration, and Associate VP of External Relations in projects related to the direction and development of the organization, especially work associated with strategic planning, fundraising, and organizational processes. He is also responsible for coordinating the implementation of GtCNN’s business plan, including the development of all grant proposals to foundations and government entities. David holds a BA in British Literature from the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

Emily Froimson

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

Emily Froimson, GtCNN’s President, is a seasoned philanthropic and non-profit leader with 20 years of experience in organizations which seek to improve educational opportunities and pathways for low- and moderate-income students. She became President of GtCNN in April 2015 after ten years with the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, most recently as Vice President, Programs. There she oversaw the foundation’s scholarship and grant programs aimed at increasing college access and success for low-income, high achieving students. Much of her focus was on improving transfer pathways for community college students. 

Prior to her work with the foundation, Ms. Froimson was an attorney working in corporate litigation. She later served as Executive Director of Greater Phoenix Youth at Risk (which has become New Pathways for Youth), an organization that provides intensive intervention, mentoring, after-school, and summer programs for high risk youth. Ms. Froimson also served as a faculty associate at Arizona State University, teaching undergraduate courses in justice studies, youth and society, and research methods. Ms. Froimson holds a bachelor’s degree from Swarthmore College and a law degree from Boston University. She has served on the Board of Directors of the National Scholarship Providers Association, including as President, and currently serves on the Board of Trustees of Phi Theta Kappa Foundation.  

Glenn Fee

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

Glenn Fee is Associate Vice President for External Relations. In his role, Glenn oversees GtCNN’s development and communications team. He is responsible for the organization’s branding, internal and external communications, and for providing marketing support for the organization’s range of services and programs. Glenn joined GtCNN in 2014 after serving as Advancement Officer at Oregon College of Oriental Medicine, leading the department responsible for all of the college's external affairs.

Before moving to Portland from Colorado in 2011, Glenn was Executive Director of Bluff Lake Nature Center, an urban science education center in Denver that focused on serving youth from Title 1 schools. From 2000 to 2007, Glenn served as Director of the University of Denver's Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning. Among his responsibilities, Glenn advised student social-action organizations and led international immersion programs in India, Nepal, and Taiwan. Glenn holds a BA in English Literature from Ohio State University and is a proud alumnus of the AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps program.

Prentice Davis

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

Prentice Davis is the Senior Manager of Education Services. Prentice directs the planning and implementation of new Gateway to College programs, supports GtCNN’s national certification efforts, and serves as the organization’s point person for our engagement in Massachusetts. He is also engaged in a number of supportive projects aimed at improving program outcomes for GtC programs nationally. Prentice joined GtCNN in 2006 and was part of the successful spin-off into a separate nonprofit organization in 2008.

Prior to joining Gateway, Prentice spent more than 10 years in Human Resources with companies such as the Portland Trail Blazers and United Parcel Service. While working as a Recruiting Manager, Prentice led training workshops for various youth and adult outreach programs, and served on a business advisory board for a local nonprofit. Throughout his professional life, Prentice has been dedicated to issues surrounding education and employment of vulnerable youth. He holds a BS in Psychology and a Minor Certificate in Cultural Studies from Portland State University. Prentice also earned an Associate of Science from Portland Community College (PCC). In 2010, Prentice was a recipient of PCC’s Diamond Alumni Award at the celebration of PCC’s 50th anniversary, and was honored to be part of this recognition of 50 outstanding alumni.

Jeremy Asay

Tuesday, February 03, 2015
Jeremy Asay is Senior Manager of Development and Consulting. Jeremy works with federal, state, and local government representatives, the philanthropic community, and education institutions and practitioners to develop collaborative solutions to our communities’ most complex problems. He joined Gateway to College National Network in 2013.

Prior to GtCNN, Jeremy was an English and History teacher at a psychiatric youth facility, where he taught foster and adjudicated youth from Chicago, Oakland, and Native American Reservations. His experience with these marginalized youth compelled Jeremy to work with the Freedom Writers Foundation, a nonprofit organization that empowers educators and students to positively influence their lives and the world around them. Jeremy has facilitated seminars at education-focused events across the country and abroad. He holds a BA from the University of Utah and a Master’s of Education from University of Alaska Southeast. 

Harold Levy

Monday, February 02, 2015
Mr. Levy is Executive Director of the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation. He is best known for having been the first non-educator chancellor of New York City schools, serving for three years starting in 2000, including during 9/11. Prior to working for the Foundation, Mr. Levy headed the edtech investment practice of a venture capital firm and was special counsel to a special situations/distressed debt hedge fund. He also served as the executive vice president of Kaplan, Inc, where he started Kaplan University’s online School of Education, and as the director of global compliance and associate general counsel at Citigroup.

Mr. Levy received a B.S. from Cornell University in industrial and labor relations, an M.A. in politics, philosophy, and economics from the University of Oxford, and a J.D. from the Cornell Law School. He holds honorary degrees from Baruch, Bard, and St. Francis colleges.

Mr. Levy has served on many boards and committees, including the U.S. Department of Education Committee on Measures of Student Success, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority National Adjudicatory Council, the New York State Board of Regents, and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. He served as President of University Settlement, New York’s oldest social settlement, located on New York’s Lower East Side. He was chair of the New York City Commission on School Facilities and Maintenance Reform, whose report resulted in $1 billion in additional capital expenditures for the City’s school buildings. He has also been a trustee of Andover College, the American Museum of Natural History, Carnegie Hall, Cornell University, the Roosevelt Institute, Hesser College, Kaplan University, the Lincoln Center Institute, New York City School Construction Authority and Pace University, and the National Dropout Prevention Center Board.

Currently, he is vice chair of the board of the American College of Greece, a member of the advisory board of the Hechinger Institute on Education and the Media, a board member of Cambium Learning Group, board chair of MetSchools, Inc., a member of the President’s Advisory Council for Teachers College at Columbia University, and a member of the College Promise Campaign National Advisory Board.
Mr. Levy lives in New York City with his wife, Pat Sapinsley, who is an architect. They have two children.


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