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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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Josie Maldonado

Pathways College Preparatory School
Parent and Program Coordinator
Josie Maldonado Greenidge is a passionate advocate for educational opportunities for our youth, she began her Department of Education career as a Community Assistant for Pathways College Preparatory School. Long before taking the official position with DOE, she volunteered in the school community for many years. Using her ties as a business owner in the neighborhood, she connects Pathways’ families with resources available in the local area and beyond.

Affectionately known as Ms. Maldonado, she currently serves Pathways as the Parent Coordinator. In this role, she works to ensure that parents’ voices are not only heard, but felt in the school, thereby enhancing the lives of the student body. Josie also serves as the Program Coordinator responsible for ensuring Pathways students have access to Early College opportunities and is vital to the college application process.

Ms. Maldonado also serves as a Co- Advisor for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Jamaica Youth Council, where she encourages the young adults to advocate for civic freedom, juvenile justice, education rights and economic empowerment, and to recognize health issues.

Josie continues to work in the community with local elected officials as well as organizations such as the Hollis Local Development, area businesses and other groups to foster and strengthen relationships and to advocate for the parents and students of Pathways College Preparatory School.