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!

Nicole Hurd
Founder and CEO
College Advising Corps
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Ryan McBride

Office of Equity and Access at New York City Department of Education
Middle School College Planning Manager
Ryan McBride served as an Advisor with the University of Michigan College Advising Corps from 2010 to 2012 and was fortunate to be placed at his high school Alma Mater, Saginaw High. In December of 2011, he was invited to attend the Obama White House Christmas reception as a guest of Dr. Nicole Farmer Hurd for recognition of her great work with CAC. Ryan earned his Master’s Degree in Higher Education from University of Michigan and worked for U-M in various roles--first as Community Outreach Coordinator at the U-M Center for Educational Outreach and as an Academic Advisor. In 2016, Ryan moved to Washington, D.C. to work for the College Success Foundation as an Assistant Program Officer where he provided academic support and disbursed over $1 Million dollars in scholarships to college students who were part of the DC Achievers Scholarship program. 
Ryan currently works as Middle School College Planning Manager for the New York City Department of Education's Office of Equity and Access. In this role he helps manage the College Access for All: Middle School Initiative, one of New York City Mayor, Bill De Blasio's Equity and Excellence Reform Initiatives. This initiative serves over 500 NYC middle schools and impacts over 70,000 students, making it the largest citywide K-12 middle school college access initiative in the country. Ryan manages relationships with over 110 middle schools across Manhattan and Staten Island, where he helps school leaders implement plans to build stronger college-going cultures in their school communities.