Michele Mason

Guest Blogger

Director, CamdenCAN

Camden, New Jersey

Michele Mason, a New Jersey native and resident of Camden, is the Director of CamdenCAN.

Michele joined the fight for educational equity in 2002 when she was hired as the first director of college placement at the KIPP Academy in the Bronx, New York. Michele spent 10 years supporting first-generation college bound students as they applied, matriculated and graduated from college. She has helped students navigate the college process in various charter and private school settings, including KIPP Academy-Bronx, Sidwell Friends School and Friendship Public Charter Schools in Washington, D.C. and North Star Academy in Newark, New Jersey. She spent the last two years leading the alumni affairs team at Teach For America-New Jersey where she was charged with motivating and inspiring the alumni movement of almost 1,000 TFA alumni, culminating in the 20th anniversary celebration this past spring.

Michele was born and raised in New Jersey, but has lived at some time or another in Williamsburg, Virginia, Baltimore, Maryland, Washington, D.C., St. Louis, Missouri and Cambridge, Massachusetts. A native of Willingboro, New Jersey, Michele received her B.S. in Kinesiology from the College of William and Mary, an advanced certificate in non-profit business management from Washington University- St. Louis, and her Ed.M in education policy and management from Harvard’s Graduate School of Education. While at William & Mary she was a proud member of the women’s division I soccer team and pledged Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc.

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