NCAN Welcomes New Board Member

September 18, 2018

By Lindsay Broderick, Staff Writer

NCAN's board of directors recently voted to appoint Ms. Candy Marshall, president of TheDream.US, to join its ranks.

"From her philanthropic leadership in the Pacific Northwest and at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, to her current support and advocacy for Dreamers, Candy brings a lifelong commitment to equity," said Kim Cook, NCAN executive director.

TheDream.US, an NCAN member, is the nation’s largest college access and success program for undocumented immigrant youth. The organization, which has provided over 4,000 scholarships to students with DACA and TPS, believes that all young people, regardless of where they were born, should have the opportunity to get a college education and fully participate in the country that they call home.

Through partnerships with more than 75 two- and four-year colleges across the country, the organization helps Dreamers overcome barriers to college access and success. Each partner school dedicates a scholar adviser who supports TheDream.US’ scholars both individually and as a cohort to help them successfully navigate their college experience. Efforts by TheDream.US and its partner schools allow these students the opportunity to achieve far more than they ever thought possible – both academically and socially. These scholars have an average first-year persistence rate of 93 percent and an overall persistence rate of 85 percent, and many serve as the leaders of their college student bodies and clubs.

Ms. Marshall joined the TheDream.US after serving eight years as a leader at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. As chief human resources officer, Ms. Marshall led the expansion of the foundation and then joined the Global Health Programs where she led the implementation of a comprehensive plan to implement and improve the effectiveness of the Foundation’s 25+ global programs with over 500 people and a $3 billion annual budget. Prior to joining the Gates Foundation, Ms. Marshall was executive vice president and general counsel of WRQ, Inc. – a northwest technology firm.

Ms. Marshall is a philanthropic leader in the Pacific Northwest. She is immediate past-chair of the Seattle Children’s Hospital and Research Foundation Board of Trustees and serves as an adviser on the Advisory Committee for the YUSA Strategic Initiatives Fund. She has previously served on several other nonprofit boards including the Washington Global Health Alliance, the Seattle Arts and Sciences Academy, the YMCA of Greater Seattle, and Seattle City Club.

Ms. Marshall earned a law degree from the University of Nebraska College of Law, with distinction, Order of the Coif, and a bachelor’s degree in public administration.

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