For more than 25 years, Nate Easley has been working at the national and local levels to help disadvantaged students realize their dream of a college education. Nate is currently the executive director of the
Denver Scholarship Foundation, which was launched in 2006 to provide students at local public schools with college counseling, scholarships, and ongoing financial aid and support to help them graduate from college. Nate joined the foundation in 2008 as deputy director and appointed its leader in 2013. During that time, he has overseen a dramatic growth in the support that DSF has provided to the city’s children and its community. Nate’s work is personal. Education allowed him to climb out of an impoverished childhood and he believes passionately in providing equal access to all students. In an interview with Colorado Public Radio, he says, “Right now, today, I can almost predict where you’re going to be, based on your mother’s educational level and your family income. And until we correct that, our democracy is in jeopardy.” Prior to his work at DSF, Nate served as vice president for national and international programs at the
Council for Opportunity in Education, in Washington, D.C. Nate was a member of Denver’s Board of Education, where he was president from 2009 to 2011. He led the board through a number of critical and contentious reform measures that have been instrumental in increasing the number of high-quality schools in the school district. He earned a bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s in student affairs in higher education, both from Colorado State University, and a Ph.D. in education from American University.
Michael Vaughn was the founding Communications Director of Education Post. Prior to that, Mike worked for 18 years in the communications offices of two urban school districts. He served in a variety of communications roles for the Chicago Public Schools starting in 1996, shortly after Mayor Richard M. Daley took control of CPS, and eventually served as the district's Communications Director until ...