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Alabama Possible Team

Chandra Scott (she/her)

Chandra Scott (she/her)

Executive Director

Clifton Strengths: Strategic, Achiever, Connectedness, Learner, Relator

Chandra is driven by the need to increase equitable postsecondary access and success in Alabama and to shift mindsets on how to eradicate poverty.Under her leadership, Alabama Possible convenes statewide and regional networks including the Alabama College Attainment Network, the Higher Education Alliance, Alabama Degrees When Due, 75,000 Degrees Talent Hub, and Bold Goals FAFSA Action Network. The organization leads the Alabama Goes to College Campaign as a strategy to increase FAFSA completion and postsecondary enrollment. Read more… 

Manisha Mishra (she/her)

Manisha Mishra (she/her)

Program Director

Clifton Strengths: Connectedness, Learner, Relator, Arranger, Belief

Manisha is the Program Director at Alabama Possible and directs all of the poverty education and educational attainment programs. She is instrumental in the launch of Alabama College Attainment Network (Alabama Possible is the backbone agency for this private-public partnership collaboration) whose mission is to increase college and career readiness, access, and completion in Alabama, particularly among low-income students, first-generation college-going students, and students of color. She joins Alabama Possible following 15 years’ service at Miles College as the director of student activities, first-year enrichment program manager, and English instructor. Read more… 

Mae Whiting (she/her)

Mae Whiting (she/her)

Data and Research Manager

Clifton Strengths: Developer, Achiever, Learner, Empathy, Relator 

Mae advocates for equitable education outcomes by managing Alabama Possible’s data and research initiatives. Prior to joining the team, Mae received her master’s degree in Sociology of Education while serving on the Advisory Board at Teens Take Charge, a student-led movement working to ensure student voices are prioritized in educational policy decisions. She has held positions in advocacy, research, and policy roles seeking to address disparities in education and health outcomes across the South. She is interested in the way activism and community voice intersect with research and public policy. In her free time, Mae enjoys running trails with her wife and two dogs. 

Sandra Jackson (she/her)

Sandra Jackson (she/her)

Partnerships Manager

Clifton Strengths: Restorative, Learner, Intellection, Responsibility, Developer

Sandra is a licensed attorney in Alabama. She earned a B.S. in CIS from Alabama State University, and a J.D., and LL.M in Alternative Dispute Resolution from Jones School of Law (2017).  Previous positions include Assistant to the Director of Education Policy, Student Programs Director, Uniserv Director, and Public Relations Director at the Alabama Education Association; Staff Attorney at Legal Services Alabama; Field Representative and Regional Director for the U.S. Senate in the Middle District of Alabama; and consultant for the National Parks Conservation Association. 

Julia Laico (she/her)

Julia Laico (she/her)

SELI Fellow

Julia Laico joins the Alabama Possible team this summer as the Southern Education Leadership Initiative (SELI) Fellow, created by the Southern Education Foundation. She is taking on this role following her graduation from Emory University, where she earned a B.A. in Philosophy, Politics and Law with a minor in African American Studies. At Alabama Possible, she will be conducting and synthesizing research to bolster the Alabama College Attainment Network. In her free time, she enjoys volunteering for Fair Fight Action and the Boys and Girls Club of Metro Atlanta, as well as cooking and painting. Committed to devoting her career to racial equity work, she is considering attending law school in pursuit of a civil rights law degree.