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PEF Welcomes Bryan DeFoney as Director, TRIO – College Access Program

By Allison Kelsey Posted: July 14, 2021
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Bryan joined the PEF staff in July, and as the Director of TRIO, Bryan is responsible managing this key US Department of Education grant that funds our college access programs and staff.

Prior to joining the Philadelphia Education Fund, Bryan worked as Program Manager at College Possible Philadelphia, a national nonprofit college access and success organization. Bryan’s program served more than 500 students in three area school districts, and he was responsible for student SAT prep programming, student matriculation, and student persistence outcomes. Bryan is also a School District of Philadelphia FAFSA coach, a member and presenter at PACAC, and a member and contributor of the Philadelphia College Prep Roundtable. He got his start in this field as a middle school English teacher in North Philadelphia. Bryan received his bachelor’s degree from Neumann University where he developed a love for higher education as a first-generation college student himself. Currently, Bryan proudly serves as the Vice President of the Executive Alumni Board at his alma mater.