Kim Cook, NCAN’s executive director since 2008, has worked in the higher education and college access field for her entire professional career, including experience in undergraduate admissions and financial aid, administration of a last-dollar scholarship program, and a succession of responsibilities at NCAN including director of government relations, assistant director and executive vice president. She serves on the College Board’s College Planning Advisory Board, the U.S. Department of Education’s National Training for Counselors and Mentors advisory panel and the National Education Working Group on Foster Care and Education. She is often consulted to speak on federal policy issues and building college access networks and community-based college access programs. Previously, she was a college admission counselor at Pace University in New York. She holds a master’s in public administration from Pace University and a bachelor’s degree in communications, law, economics and government from The American University.