The Board of Directors of Dorson Community Foundation (DCF) named Natasha Scott as its first full-time, Executive Director. Scott is assuming the position of Executive Director after spending three years as Assistant Director of Undergraduate Career Development at Columbia University’s Center for Career Education.
Scott has served as President of the Board of Directors of DCF since 2016. During her time, she helped spearhead the Foundation’s collaboration with Cornell University Summer College and the Lumina Foundation, allowing DCF to support a cohort of Essex County students each summer with coveted all-expenses paid scholarships to Cornell’s pre-college summer program.
She is thrilled to transition into her new full-time position with the organization. “Dorson is a small organization that has made impressive impact within Essex County for over two decades, all on a shoestring budget and with a team of hardworking volunteers. I’m excited that the organization will finally get the full-time effort it deserves and to see how we can expand our reach and become a sustainable organization for the community.”
In her short time as the Executive Director, Scott has spearheaded a major shift in the program structure and organizational strategies. In August 2019, Scott and the Board launched the Dorson Scholars Program, a new four-year, tuition-free college prep program that will select a cohort of highly-motivated ninth grade Essex County students each year and provide them with year-round college readiness and career development programming throughout their years in high school . The Foundation’s shift to a cohort-based model will create a more intimate and supportive environment; additionally, the four-year continuum will offer students a consistent network of support throughout high school.
“In their journeys to higher education, students will grow and support each other by building a sense of community and encouragement amid a group of similarly highly-motivated students,” said Scott.
To foster and position for growth, Scott has also initiated a shift in recruitment and fundraising strategies by focusing on increasing awareness of the programs offered at DCF and developing a more comprehensive donor giving strategy that entails building out an individual and major giving program.
Chairman of the Board of Directors of DCF Sonia Scott, is ecstatic about the Foundation’s first hire. “I have watched as Natasha devoted her time and effort to the Foundation over the years. She has developed a great passion for advocating college access for underserved communities and I think Dorson is the right place for her to implement and share that passion,” expressed Sonia Scott.