2018-19 Adviser Forum West has ended
Welcome to Los Angeles, and to 2018 Forum West!
**Reminders: Please bring a notebook and pen to every session, and wear your CAC name badge at all times**

Dear CAC family,
Welcome to my home state of California and our Adviser Forum West! We are thrilled to have you here in the City of Angels and are grateful to our host chapter, the awesome USC Corps! Fight on!

Our theme this year goes to the heart of CAC’s mission -- Advancing Opportunity. The goal over the next few days is to recommit ourselves to advancing opportunity in various ways. We hope you will discover best practices from your peers, engage with the research, reflect on your journey and what may lie ahead by interacting with the alumni panel and industry workshops, and be inspired by our guest speakers whose stories capture in powerful ways the journey to advancing opportunity.

On behalf of our national team and Board of Directors, we are grateful for the work that each of you — 716 advisers serving 210,000 students in 16 states across the country — do every day. We continue to build a national movement at a critical time in our nation’s history. Let us commit to ensuring every student hears those four key words, “I believe in you” and, together, we advance opportunity.

It is an honor to serve with you!

Nicole Hurd
Founder and CEO
College Advising Corps
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John Matich

Chief Operating Officer
John Matich is the co-creator of Mozi, a writing software used both in secondary schools and college to help students produce focused, organized writing in all of their classes. Prior to co-founding an education software company, John was the director of professional development at a large education intermediary in Los Angeles. During his tenure, John led a team of thirty-five coaches who worked across the Los Angeles area to support the continuous growth of educators throughout the educational ecosystem. John began his career as a teacher in Santa Ana Unified. After five years, he moved to Los Angeles where he taught at one of the most challenging middle school in South Los Angeles. It was working with teachers and students at this school that fueled John’s commitment to improve the conditions for teaching and learning in our schools. This drive continues to inform John’s work in the area of college-ready writing. John is determined to see more students getting into and succeeding in post-secondary learning and in their careers.