Chief Program Officer
Claire Dennison is the Chief Program Officer at uAspire. In her role, she oversees our program impact models: Advising and Training & Technical Assistance (T&TA). Both virtual and in person advising are currently implemented in the Bay Area, eastern MA, and NYC; T&TA trains practitioners across the country. Through close collaboration with her team members, she assures our program design, implementation, evaluation, and operations are healthy and set up for sustainability, and supports day-to-day decision making within these two models.
Since joining uAspire in 2009, Claire has played leading roles in developing, managing, and scaling our existing programming. Additionally, Claire has been integral in external partnerships with the College Board, National College Access Network, and America’s Promise, who she co-authored “Dollars for College,” a financial planning toolkit, with. Claire is committed to providing the highest quality programming to students and families across our regions, and is focused on assuring our program experience and expertise from 30+ years of advising work is strongly linked to our Training and Technical Assistance work and policy agenda.
Prior to joining uAspire, Claire worked at New Mission high school (a Boston public high school), as a Peace Corps volunteer (Lesotho), and in undergraduate admissions at Tufts University. She earned her BA from Boston College and her Ed. M. in risk and prevention at Harvard's Graduate School of Education.
My experiences - helping underrepresented students gain access to/achieve success in education - have proven that access to financial information and finances themselves are a huge barrier to these things. I chose to work at uAspire because I believe we have the right mission, and I believe these things should no longer be barriers to student success. It also really helps to work with such dynamic and committed colleagues!