Kim Cook
Executive Director

Higher Ed

  • Access
  • Financial aid
  • Achievement gap
  • Low-income students
  • Minority students
  • Mobility

Kim Cook, NCAN’s executive director since 2008, has worked in the higher education and college access field for her entire professional career, including experience in undergraduate admissions and financial aid, administration of a last-dollar scholarship program, and a succession of responsibilities at NCAN. As a former Pell Grant recipient herself, she personally understands the imperative to help more Americans – especially those who have been historically underserved by higher education – get a postsecondary credential. At NCAN, she sets the vision for supporting 500 member organizations across the country serving an estimated 2 million students annually in their mission to achieve significantly higher college enrollment and graduation rates than national averages for low-income students and students of color. In 2016, Cook was recognized as a White House Champion of Change for College Opportunity.