Natalie Rodriguez JansornDirector, Scholarship Programs
Natalie Rodriguez Jansorn co-directs the Cooke scholarship programs serving students from eighth grade through college and graduate school and into their professional careers. Ms. Jansorn focuses particular attention on enhancing the scholar experience via programming such as regional and national events, mentorships and internships, and alumni activities.
Ms. Jansorn began working with the Foundation in 2005 as co-manager of the Young Scholars Program where she led a team of educational advisers and program staff in partnership with the Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth. She went on to direct the Foundation’s grantmaking and higher education programs. She has worked with the Aspen Institute’s College Excellence Program to develop resources for community college leaders transforming their institutions for improved student outcomes.
Before joining the Foundation, Ms. Jansorn served as Director of Program Development for the Johns Hopkins University National Network of Partnership Schools, assisting schools, districts, and state departments of education to establish school, family, and community partnership programs to support students’ success. She is a contributing author to School, Family, and Community Partnerships: Your Handbook for Action (Second and Third Editions). Ms. Jansorn has greatly enjoyed teaching and managing supplemental programs for students in both urban and rural schools from kindergarten through the secondary level. She taught English to secondary school students as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in rural Thailand.
Ms. Jansorn earned her B.A. in American Studies from Yale University and her M.A. in Instructional Systems Design as a Shriver Peaceworker Fellow from University of Maryland Baltimore County.