Kerin Hilker-Balkissoon
Director of Educational and Career Pathways

K-12, Higher Ed

  • Academic counseling
  • Access
  • College preparation
  • Community colleges
  • Completion by design
  • Curriculum
  • Engagement
  • Financial aid
  • Parent involvement
  • Race and diversity
  • Workforce development

Kerin Hilker-Balkissoon is the director of educational and career pathways at George Mason University. She has over 20 years of experience in program design and implementation spanning college and career readiness; post-secondary equity, access, and success; guided pathways articulation, and experiential learning across K-12, nonprofit, workforce, and post-secondary settings.  She was the founding director of Northern Virginia’s Pathway to the Baccalaureate Program, an award-winning K-16 college access model targeting underrepresented populations. At Mason, Hilker-Balkissoon designs pathways supporting STEM access, completion, and career readiness for high-need undergraduate and graduate student populations through community college and global partnerships. She speaks regularly at regional and national conferences, and provides technical assistance to organizations designing pathways and partnerships targeting underrepresented populations. Hilker-Balkissoon holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, a master’s in counseling from The Johns Hopkins University.