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2018-19 Adviser Forum East has ended
**Reminders: Please bring a notebook and pen to every session, and wear your CAC name badge at all times.**

Dear CAC family,

Welcome to our Adviser Forum East in New York City! We are thrilled to have you here in the Big Apple and are grateful to our host chapter, the awesome NYU Corps!

Our theme this year goes to the heart of CAC’s mission -- Advancing Opportunity. The goal over the next few days is to recommit ourselves to advancing opportunity in various ways. We hope you will discover best practices from your peers, engage with the research, reflect on your journey and what may lie ahead by interacting with the alumni panel and industry workshops, and be inspired by our guest speakers whose stories capture in powerful ways the journey to advancing opportunity.

On behalf of our national team and Board of Directors, we are grateful for the work that each of you — 716 advisers serving 210,000 students in 16 states across the country — do every day. We continue to build a national movement at a critical time in our nation’s history. Let us commit to ensuring every student hears those four key words, “I believe in you” and, together, we advance opportunity.

It is an honor to serve with you!

Yours,
Nicole Hurd
Founder and CEO
College Advising Corps
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Joiselle Cunningham

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Senior Adviser to the CEO
Joiselle is a federal policy advisor, consultant and award-winning educator who has worked in the United States, Europe and Latin America. Joiselle has served as a Senior Advisor and consultant at Teach For Sweden, Empieza por Educar as well as other social impact and education organizations. Joiselle recently served in the Obama Administration in the Office of the Secretary at the United States Department of Education (the Department) and managed educator engagement for the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans. Joiselle also led diversity and inclusion policy for the Department and launched Our Students, Our Leaders an initiative dedicated towards closing the demographic gap between education leaders and American public school students. This initiative brought together Chancellor of the District of Columbia Public Schools, Kaya Henderson, former Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, Secretary John King, and over 200 national leaders to develop and implement solutions to increase the number of senior leaders of color in organizations across the country, including philanthropic organizations and large education nonprofit organizations.