McKenzie Maxson is a program associate at the College Excellence Program. Her work at CEP focuses primarily on the Tackling Transfer project, which works to foster the conditions for scaled and measurable improvements in bachelor’s attainment rates for community college students, particularly those from groups that are underrepresented in higher education. She also works on The American Talent Initiative, a growing alliance of colleges and universities with the highest graduation rates in the country committed to increasing opportunity for talented low- and moderate-income students. Prior to joining the CEP team, McKenzie worked in communications at Atlantic Media, and spent time interning at print magazines as well as digital media companies. McKenzie holds a B.S. in journalism and European history from Northwestern University and is pursuing her Master’s in Public Policy from Georgetown University.