Nate Easley, Ph.D., is Executive Director of the Denver Scholarship Foundation (DSF). The Denver Scholarship Foundation is a 501(c) (3) public charity whose mission is to inspire and empower Denver Public School (DPS) students to achieve their postsecondary education goals by providing the tools, knowledge and financial resources essential for success. Since 2006, the DSF has invested $25 million in 4,600 Denver Public Schools graduates, 8 out 10 of whom have completed a college degree/certificate or continue to persist towards that important milestone.
Dr. Easley served as President and Secretary of the Denver Public Schools Board of Education. He also worked as Vice President for National and International Programs for the Council for Opportunity in Education (COE) in Washington, DC. 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 Community College of Denver Advisory Council, the National College Access Network (NCAN) Board, Colorado Latinos for Education Reform, and the Denver Public Schools Roots Charter School Board. He is an immediate past member of Colorado Governor 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).
Dr. Easley has extensive experience helping disadvantaged 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 Latino students. Dr. Easley has over 25 years of experiencing working at the state, national and international levels to create opportunities for first-generation, low-income and ethnic minority students.