Who We Are
The Alliance is comprised of members who represent K-12 education, post-secondary education, business, industry, and nonprofit sectors. We are actively working to expand membership to include students, parents, and a broad-range of community organizations to improve college and career readiness across the state.
Read our foundational framework to learn more.
The History of The Alliance
In January of 2018, The New Hampshire Alliance for College and Career Readiness (The Alliance) was officially launched, building on the work done by the Pathways Steering Committee and incorporates the state’s goal to ensure 65 percent of adults have post-high school certification by 2025 as one of its policy metrics.
The Alliance is an independent working group building its membership to represent all aspects of K-12 education and post-secondary education and training institutions, along with the nonprofit, business and industry sectors, with the goal of college and career readiness for all students. It is unique in its vision of harnessing community-level insights, experiences, and innovations to work in concert with system-wide strategy, research, analysis, and implementation.
The Alliance has three key initiatives:
We are building partnerships within communities that support local innovations that help students be college and career ready.
We are creating an agenda of policy recommendations
We are creating resources, lifting local stories, and making connections for our members, including best practices, data, and other materials.
Reaching Higher NH, a trusted, bipartisan education policy resource for Granite Staters, is the backbone organization for The Alliance and one of its steering committee members. The Alliance is part of the New England Alliance for College and Career Readiness, funded by the Nellie Mae Education Foundation.
The Alliance meets every third Wednesday of the month from 2:00- 4:00 pm EST. Email Jessica and let her know you are coming.
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Evelyn Aissa, Executive Director, Reaching Higher NH
Sara Colson, Director, Workforce Accelerator 2025, Business and Industry Association
Steve Rothenberg, CTE Director, Concord Regional Technical Center
Donna Couture, President, Extended Learning Opportunity Network
Beth Doiron, Director of College Access and DoE Programs and Initiatives, Community College System of NH
New Hampshire Afterschool Network
New Hampshire Charitable Foundation
New Hampshire Learning Initiative
New Hampshire Automobile Dealers Association
New Hampshire Higher Education Assistance Foundation
Keene State College
Laconia School District
Saint Anselm’s Access Academy
Business and Industry Association
Computer Science 4 NH (CS4NH)
Concord Regional Technical High School
Salem Regional Technical High School
Granite State Independent Living
NH Sector Partnerships Initiatives
Extended Learning Opportunity Network
NH Directors of School Counselors
Community College System of New Hampshire
University System of New Hampshire
Director of the NH Alliance for College & Career Readiness
Phone: (786) 623 8226
Jessica currently serves as the Director of NH's Alliance for College and Career Readiness. She brings deep expertise in K-16 policy and strategic programmatic experience to the role. Jessica launched her career in education in 2008 and has held positions at the World Bank, the District of Columbia State Education Agency, and most recently UnidosUS (formerly the National Council of La Raza), the largest national civil rights organization for Latinos. There, Jessica conceptualized and led national and state-based initiatives on key education policies in nine states reaching over 6,000 families.She is the co-author of the 2015 book chapter "Inside the Classroom in Latin America and the Caribbean", based on her field research in seven countries, and has facilitated cross-national knowledge-sharing convenings with high ranking officials and policymakers.
Jessica earned a Master of Arts in International Education Administration and Policy Analysis from Stanford University. Before that, she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Classics from the University of Chicago.