Announcing The Scholarship Selection Panel

Just five days until our Spring 2011 Career Coaching Scholarship Contest closes! As I’m looking at the applications that have come in (and there are a lot of them!), I saw a few from people I’ve met before or connected with on Brazen or Twitter and I want the competition to be unbiased. Last week, I reached out to some of my colleagues in education, communications, blogging, and recruitment to ask them to join my official Scholarship Selection Panel to help. The panel will read the applications and give me their recommendations for winners in each category. Justin and I will make the final decisions based on their recommendations and announce them on April 15th.

Here is our panel. Read about their accomplishments and the diverse paths they’ve taken.

Donald Ivanoff

Donald Ivanoff

Donald Ivanoff has been a higher education administrator and fundraiser for more than 25 years.  Most recently, he worked for Career Education Corporation (CEC) developing alumni outreach, communications and social networking programs at CEC’s schools in the northeast.  Previously, he served in two roles at Polytechnic University in Brooklyn, NY; director of alumni relations and director of student activities and leadership development, coordinating a range of programs and services that positively engaged students and alumni. He has served on the advisory board for “Student Leader” magazine and been published in “Campus Activities” magazine. Donald has a BFA from The University of Bridgeport.

Greg Palmer

Greg PalmerGreg Palmer is a strategic communications consultant to non-profits, political causes, and government agencies, with a focus on improving online and social media communications. A former staffer for NYC schools chancellor Joel Klein and Congressman Henry A. Waxman, he works toward a more equitable society. He is passionate about marriage equality, civil rights, education, poverty, good government, journalism, and civic participation, among other things. He maintains a digital home at and is rarely away from Twitter (@gregpalmer).

Niki Stanley

Niki StanleyNiki Stanley is a Human Resources Professional with 10+ years experience specializing in corporate recruitment and human capital management. Having led talent-acquisition initiatives for companies such as Olympus America, Omnicom and Time Warner Cable, she currently supports teachers at the NYC Department of Education to market themselves during internal job searches within the district. Niki also hosts a blog called Neighborhood Fellows which address events and issues that affect the African-American and middle-class communities. Passionate about being a voice to strengthen and make a difference in her community, she serves as co-chair of the Urban League Young Professional Policy committee and is a fast-rising Matchmaker, determined to do her part to spread love and create strong families.

Adriana VilavicencioAdriana Vilavicencio

Dr.  Adriana Villavicencio is a Research Associate at the Research Alliance for New York City Schools at New York University. Adriana served as a department chair at a charter high school in Oakland, California; as an English teacher in Brooklyn, New York; and worked on the development of a new school in Bangalore, India. She currently serves as a managing editor for the Journal of Equity in Education and as a staff writer for Being Latino Online Magazine. Her work for Being Latino covers a range of educational, political, and lifestyle topics. Adriana holds a B.A. in English from Columbia University, an M.A. in English Education from Teachers College, Columbia University, and a Ph.D. in Education Leadership from New York University Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. She also serves on the Board of Directors for the Latino Alumni Association of Columbia University.

Remember, applications are due on Friday, April 8 at 11:59PM!

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