Staff Spotlight: Ariel Cochrane-Brown

Ariel Cochrane-Brown, Ph.D.

Have you ever wondered where service, leadership, and impact intersect? Here at College Advising Corps, we think we have found that answer. Our partnership with AmeriCorps has long time been the perfect example of where these ideas meet. AmeriCorps’ goal is to make America better through service, and one of the ways they do this is by partnering with us to support our advisers. Our advisers are on a journey to empower students to pursue their postsecondary goals.  

Serving gave me the opportunity to turn interests into my passion and to connect passion with my career.

Following AmeriCorps Week in mid-March, we took some time to sit down with Ariel Cochrane-Brown, Ph.D., who served as an adviser from 2010 to 2012. When asked to reflect on why she appreciated serving with AmeriCorps and College Advising Corps she reminisced: “Serving gave me the opportunity to turn interests into my passion and to connect passion with my career.” 

 It was during Ariel’s service that she realized her fascination for understanding college access and retention. She decided to return to school and work toward her master’s degree in counselor education from Clemson University and then her doctoral degree in educational research and policy analysis from North Carolina State University immediately thereafter. She did note that the education stipends helped pay off student loan debt from her undergraduate degree. On her journey, she found herself back at College Advising Corps and joined our national staff as a regional director. Ariel served, led, and impacted students all to the service of discovering who she wanted to be as a professional.  

There are hundreds of examples of advisers and AmeriCorps members being change agents in the world. It truly is an amazing feat to witness within the nonprofit sector, and we here at College Advising Corps hope to be one of the main thought leaders for impactful work within post-secondary access. As someone who may be ready for a change in their life or looking for a different opportunity, what are some of the benefits and career development opportunities, you’re looking for? Check out why other people not only choose to serve at AmeriCorps but also as an adviser with College Advising Corps.