Archives of Staff

Tania (Nguyen) LaViolet

Tania LaViolet is a director at the College Excellence Program, where she oversees the program’s bachelor’s attainment portfolio, which includes the project teams for the American Talent Initiative and CEP’s community college transfer work. She is a lead author of The Talent Blind Spot: The Case for Increasing Community College Transfer to High Graduation Rate […]

Konrad Mugglestone

Konrad Mugglestone is a Senior Manager with the College Excellence Program, focused on research and knowledge management. Previously, he was the Assistant Director of Research and Policy at the Institute for Higher Education Policy, and he has held policy research positions at Education Reform Now and Young Invincibles. Throughout his career, Konrad’s published work has […]

Jessica Leacher

Jessica Leacher is a senior program manager with the College Excellence Program, where she supports initiatives focused on leadership development and equity in higher education. Prior to joining Aspen, Jessica worked at the Council of Chief State School Officers, where she supported state education agencies’ efforts to attract, support, and retain effective educators in K-12 […]

Pascale Charlot

Pascale Charlot is the Managing Director of the College Excellence Program (CEP).  She is a visionary and outcomes-driven leader deeply committed to student success. An alumna of Aspen’s year-long Rising President Fellowship, Pascale plays a lead role in crafting and overseeing CEP’s strategy to develop a network of transformational college presidents who share a relentless […]

Shiran Mack

Shiran Mack is the senior finance manager at the College Education Program, where he supports financial management, grant management, and other essential operations. He also acts as a liaison between CEP and Aspen Financial Services. Prior to joining the Aspen Institute, Shiran worked at the United Nations Foundation and at the National Alliance of State […]

Leigh Cooksey

Leigh Cooksey is a Senior Program Manager at the College Excellence Program where she focuses on developing curriculum for leadership initiatives, including the Aspen Rising Presidents Fellowship and Aspen New Presidents Fellowship.  Prior to joining Aspen, Leigh worked in education at the school, district, and state levels. At Tennessee SCORE, a non-profit focused on delivering […]

David L. Marcus

David L. Marcus, senior editorial manager for the College Excellence Program, has been a journalist, a teacher, and a communications consultant. David covered education and immigration as a reporter for the Miami Herald, Boston Globe, Newsday, and U.S. News magazine. As a foreign correspondent for the Dallas Morning News, he was based in Mexico, Colombia, […]

Nora Ngo

Nora Ngo is a Transfer Program Coordinator at the College Excellence Program, where she provides support to program administration and operations, communications, events logistics, and other program organizational efforts within the Transfer Team of CEP. Prior to joining Aspen, Nora worked at UCLA Center for Community College Partnerships as a peer advisor. She also volunteered […]

Heather Adams

Heather Adams is a senior program manager at the College Excellence Program, leading the development of transfer initiatives. Prior to joining CEP, Heather served as the director of the UCLA Transfer Student Center and director of UCLA College Learning Communities. Heather’s​ work has centered on generating institutionalized receptivity, support, and policy restructuring for underserved student […]

Jaime McCarthy

Jaime Miguel McCarthy is an associate with the College Excellence Program. Prior to joining CEP, Jaime worked in the offices of Representative Michelle Lujan Grisham and Senator Tom Udall. Jaime holds a B.A. in International Studies from the University of New Mexico. While in college, Jaime supported programs at the UNM Department of Equity & […]