CEO and Founder of College Possible, low-income, first-generation college graduate
Jim McCorkell is CEO and Founder of College Possible, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping promising low-income students become college graduates. Known for an innovative approach that brings together hard-working students and idealistic AmeriCorps coaches, College Possible earns top-of-field results. McCorkell is responsible for leading strategic organizational development, engaging and building relationships with national partners and championing the organization’s commitment to creating more college graduates.
McCorkell’s own experiences as a first-generation college graduate motivated him to start College Possible after earning a Master’s of Public Administration from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. His commitment to a future in which America’s children go as far as their talent, motivation and effort can take them has been rewarded; McCorkell has received an Ashoka Fellowship, he is the recipient of the Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government Alumni Achievement Award and he was recognized by President Obama at a convening of nonprofit innovators at the White House. Prior to launching College Possible, McCorkell worked for City Year, a national nonprofit service and youth development organization and served as deputy finance director for U.S. Senator Paul Wellstone’s 1996 reelection campaign.
McCorkell lives in St. Paul with his wife, Dr. Christine Greenhow, their son Jack and their dog, Milly.