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Austin Buchan

College Forward
Executive Director
Austin, TX
As Executive Director, Austin Buchan collaborates with the nation’s leaders on groundbreaking designs for postsecondary equity, shapes the strategic vision of College Forward, and motivates his team to solve very big problems. Austin joined College Forward in April 2010 as a College Persistence Program Manager. He was quickly recruited to the organization’s Strategic Initiatives Team, then moved into the Chief of Staff role, and in 2015 was promoted to Executive Director. Prior to College Forward, Austin was the Program Manager and Community Organizer for the Solentiname Solidarity Alliance, a non-profit organization in rural Nicaragua where he developed and implemented a college preparation and persistence program. He has also managed national political campaigns in Boston, MA and Boulder, CO.
Austin joined College Forward in 2010, where he developed and managed program services for first-generation college students, including launching an on-campus peer mentor program. Between 2011 and 2013, Austin served as Director of Strategic Growth. Under his management, the strategic growth team developed a custom-built student information system, revamped College Forward’s business model, and formalized strategic partnerships with high schools, colleges, and other community-based organizations. Austin is excited to explore strategies with other social entrepreneurs to create lasting change for our nation’s first-generation college students.

Before joining College Forward, Austin directed a non-profit in rural Nicaragua focused on breaking generational poverty through the power of a college degree. Prior to his work in higher education, Austin managed strategic initiatives for a political consulting firm based in Boston, MA.

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Wednesday, July 27