Nick Mathern

Nick Mathern is Vice President of K-12 Partnerships for Achieving the Dream. In his role, Nick guides the delivery of services to Gateway to College programs and leads a program quality initiative which has coincided with an improvement in student outcomes. Nick leads an innovative team which leverages lessons from existing programs for the benefit and development of related programs serving out-of-school youth; foster-, adjudicated, and homeless youth; as well as first generation and low-income college students.

Nick joined Gateway to College in 2005, and performed a variety of roles for the organization. Nick brokered agreements between colleges, school districts, and state education agencies to replicate and implement Gateway to College programs in more than 50 communities. Nick leads GtCNN’s policy and advocacy efforts, which aim to create pathways, funding, and appropriate accountability systems for opportunity youth to reengage with education and achieve post-secondary success. Nick also led Gateway to College’s policy and advocacy efforts, which aimed to create pathways, funding, and appropriate accountability systems for opportunity youth to reengage with education and achieve post-secondary success.

Before coming to Gateway, Nick taught in a small alternative high school. Nick’s previous career in social services included: child abuse prevention, serving survivors of domestic violence, and working with adjudicated youth and adults. 

He holds a master’s degree in Public Administration with a focus on education policy from the Hatfield School of Government at Portland State University, and a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Drake University.

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