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Marjorie DeRubeis

Director of Partnership Development and Success Services

Marjorie is the Director of Partnership Development and Success Services.  Prior to this position, she held the position of Director of Success services since joining the organization in 2008, helping to develop and implement various programs, including mentoring, Club College Success, the annual Leadership Symposium, and scholarship and partnership programs.

Marjorie works on various statewide initiatives, such as AzCAN and Degree Phoenix, to improve the education landscape of Arizona. Marjorie has a passion for helping students succeed and live up to their true potential. As a first-generation college student herself, she understands and appreciates the value of mentoring and having someone to be accountable to as well as someone that helps keep you on track.

Marjorie was born in the Bronx and raised in New York City. She is a graduate of Fordham University’s College of Business Administration. She learned quickly at Fordham of the need for education advocacy among many financially and academically disadvantaged students who struggled to make their dreams of higher education a reality. She served as the financial aid manager for the Higher Education Opportunity Program at Fordham University, assisting many students considered disadvantaged to get a Fordham education. A member of the New York State Financial Aid Administrators Association for eight years, Marjorie worked on diversity and retention committees to help New York City students succeed in postsecondary education.

In 2000, Marjorie relocated to Arizona and continued her career in academia with leadership positions at Arizona State University and Cook College. Marjorie later became the Arizona state financial aid director for the Arizona Commission for Postsecondary Education (ACPE). During her tenure at ACPE, she worked with Congress to interpret, write policy and implement new state grants, while improving the procedures of those already in existence. She continues to follow her passion of hope for a brighter future for children in Arizona. She lives in Arizona with her husband and two children.

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