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Angel B. Pérez, CEO

Dr. Angel B. Pérez is CEO of the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC). In this role, he represents more than 25,000 admission and counseling professionals worldwide committed to postsecondary access and success. He is the primary voice of the association to government, media, and global partners. Pérez is recognized as a national thought leader and is a sought-after speaker on issues of educational equity, access, and success in American education. 
Throughout the course of his career, Dr. Pérez has worked to realize his belief that diversity and academic excellence go hand-in-hand, and that every young person who aspires to higher education should have the opportunity to achieve. His work echoes his own story. Growing up poor in Puerto Rico and the South Bronx, he was the first in his family to graduate from college, and went on to become a leader in higher education. Recognized nationally on issues of equity and access in American education, Dr. Pérez is a tireless champion for underrepresented communities and a creative advocate for reform. Named by a Forbes article in 2019 as the most influential voice in college admission, he strives to build an educational ecosystem that better represents today’s society. 
Prior to joining NACAC in July of 2020, Dr. Pérez served in secondary and higher education leadership positions across America, most recently, as Vice President for Enrollment and Student Success at Trinity College in Connecticut where his work was described as transformative. Since his arrival at NACAC, he has steered the organization through significant change as it strives to evolve to meet the needs of today’s college admission profession. His leadership approach has been featured in several outlets, including the American Society for Association Executives. 
Dr. Pérez’s passion for teaching led him to serve as a faculty member at Trinity’s Educational Studies Department, UCLA’s College Counseling Certification Program, and the Harvard Graduate School of Education. In addition, he was a visiting international faculty member at Rikkyo University in Japan. He has served as a Trustee at the Berkshire School (MA), United World College in Costa Rica, Hartford Youth Scholars (CT), Tuition Exchange (DC), and was elected the youngest Chair of Diversity in the history of Skidmore College’s alumni association. He currently serves as a steering committee member for the Washington Higher Education Secretariat. 
Dr. Pérez’s expertise has been sought by key policy influencers. In 2016, the Governor of Connecticut appointed him to the New England Board of Higher Education, and he was chosen by the Gates Foundation and NASFAA to serve on Forward50, a group of higher education leaders presenting solutions to Congress. He is a frequent contributor and commentator in media outlets, including the Washington Post, NPR, Forbes, The Atlantic, CBS Evening News, and the Chronicle of Higher Education. 
He holds a B.S. from Skidmore College, an M.A. from Columbia University, a PhD from Claremont Graduate University, and a Teaching Certification in Higher Education Pedagogy from the Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning at Harvard University. 

Marie Garvin
Chief Financial Officer

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Shantel Goodman-Luckett
Chief Experience Officer

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David A. Hawkins
Chief Education and Policy Officer

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Melanie Marquez Parra
Chief Communications Officer

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Ashley Perzyna
Chief of Staff

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Executive Office


Angel B. Pérez
Chief Executive Officer
Email | 703-299-6828

Ashley Perzyna
Chief of Staff
Email | 703-299-6821

Jennifer Miller
Office Administrator
Email | 703-299-6801



Heather McGhee
Associate Director of Governance
Email | 703-299-6835

Helen Hernandez
Manager, Volunteer & Board Relations
Email | 703-299-6814



Melanie Marquez Parra
Chief Communications Officer
Email​ | 703-299-6827

Ebony Maddox
Social Media Strategy & Content Manager
Email | 703-299-6818

John Powers
Web Content Administrator
Email | 703-299-6807

Finance and Administration


Marie Garvin
Chief Financial Officer
Email | 703-299-6805

Vivian Chan
Finance Manager
Email | 703-299-6806

Information Systems


Joe Brentzel 
Executive Director of Information Management
Email | 703-299-6843

Michelle Lucas 
Director of Information Systems
Email | 703-299-6814

Membership Experience

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Shantel Goodman-Luckett
Chief Experience Officer
Profile | Email | 703-299-6840

Murphy Miller
Senior Manager, Membership Experience
Email | 703-299-6838

Robert Purdy
Senior Manager, Digital Marketing
Email | 703-299-6826

Victoria Balahutrak
Manager, Membership Experience
Email | 703-299-5279

Darnese Hill
Senior Specialist, Membership Experience
Email | 703-373-2356

Moni Huntington
Specialist, Membership Experience
Email | 703-299-6824

Teesha Bailey
Specialist, Membership Experience
Email | 703-299-6815

Events and Meetings

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Pia Brown
Director, Events and Meetings
Email | 571-551-5277

Jason Smith 
Associate Director, Events & Meetings
Email | 703-299-6856​

Gracy Olmeda 
Associate Director, Events & Meetings
Email | 703-299-6839

Jada Penn
Manager of Events and Meetings
Email | 703-299-6829

Laura Fagan
Manager of Events and Meetings
Email | 703-299-6813

Makini Johnson
Events and Meetings Coordinator
Email | 703-299-6859

Bissirat Woldemicael
Coordinator, Sponsorship and Exhibits
Email | 703-299-6832

Global Engagement


Educational Content and Policy

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David A. Hawkins
Chief Education and Policy Officer
Profile | Email | 703-299-6809

Education and Training


Sophia Chaale
Senior Instructional Designer
Email | 703-299-6849

Christi Owiye
Education and Training Coordinator
Email | 703-299-6808



Melissa E. Clinedinst
Director of Research and Grants
Email | 703-299-6854

Cameron Hair
Research and Grants Associate
Email | 571-551-5276

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

John S. Hollemon III
Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Email | 703-299-6820

Interested in joining our team? Job listings will be posted here when opportunities are available. 

Grants Coordinator


The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), a non-profit association of more than 26,000 school counselors, college advisors, and college admission officers, anticipates increased engagement with philanthropic organizations to support the organization’s mission, vision, and associated goals. The grants coordinator position will support future applications for foundation funding and implementation of current and future grants. The ideal candidate will have excellent organizational skills, possess experience in grant application and administration, and be able to contribute to the growth and development of the department.


Assist with grant application processes

  • Research and monitor potential funders whose priorities align with NACAC’s strategic goals to identify funding opportunities
  • Coordinate applications by identifying grant application criteria and requirements
  • Assist in compiling information for letters of intent and grant applications
  • Keep detailed records of the status of grant proposals

Coordinate grant implementation processes

  • Coordinate with staff to implement activities associated with grant awards
  • Assist director with monitoring implementation milestones to ensure timely completion of grant-funded activities
  • Monitor compliance with grant requirements
  • Assist director with tracking and monitoring grant-related spending

Support relationship-management with grant funders and potential grant-seeking partners

  • Coordinate scheduling of meetings between NACAC staff, funders, and partners
  • Communicate with foundation staff to ensure proper procedures/timelines are being followed
  • Provide detailed reports of progress to the research/grants team and coordinate reports to funders


  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Excellent communication skills (oral and written)
  • Strong relationship management skills
  • Ability to work independently, self-motivated
  • Experience in non-profit, education setting a plus


$50,000-55,000 annually, commensurate with experience

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: $50,000.00 – $55,000.00 per year


  • 401(k)
  • 401(k) matching
  • Dental insurance
  • Health insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Vision insurance


  • Monday to Friday

Work Location: Hybrid remote in Arlington, VA 22201

Visit our Career Center to find out more and apply online.