Extensive Search and Recruitment Process Led by Envision Consulting

Los Angeles, CA – EXP, a nonprofit organization in Southern California that believes every student should have equal access to education and career opportunities to help them reach their full potential, announced that Mary Tran has been hired as their new CEO.

Tran brings a wealth of experience and a deep passion for students to her new role as CEO, including a record of accomplishments in career technical education, highlighting her dedication to unlocking the potential of every student and ensuring they are well-prepared for their futures. 

“I am humbled to step into the role of CEO for EXP. My heart overflows with anticipation and enthusiasm as we embark on the next evolution of EXP, deepening its relationships in Los Angeles, Long Beach and Barstow and growing its transformative journey in Orange County,” Tran said. “With ‘EXPerience, EXPloration and EXPanding’ opportunities at our core, we can unleash boundless potential in every student, fostering a future where equity and opportunity thrive. I am honored to lead the way.”

Previously the executive director for High School Inc. Academies Foundation, Tran led the organization through evolution by transforming its strategic direction, forging vital partnerships, and elevating program efficiencies and effectiveness. Her leadership increased the organization’s impact, serving over 1,700 students annually with an average graduation rate of 98%. In recognition of her unwavering dedication to uplifting the community, the Santa Ana Chamber of Commerce recognized Tran among its 2023 Difference Makers as the Small Nonprofit Leader of the Year.

“Mary brings with her an unparalleled passion, dedication and a proven record of spearheading profound evolution. She embraces innovative educational strategies and adapts adeptly to the dynamic needs of students,” said Telebah Woods, chair of the EXP board of directors. “Mary understands the importance of college and career readiness and has extensive expertise in workforce development. She will use her knowledge to help ensure that EXP remains at the forefront of preparing students for triumph in an ever-evolving world.”

EXP is changing how society prepares students for life and bringing genuine opportunity to young people from underserved communities. Partnering with 13 Orange County high schools across 5 districts, EXP’s programs help schools deliver an innovative, career-based curriculum that makes learning relevant and exciting. By empowering students to thrive in an evolving world, EXP helps young people gain experience, unlock doors, and build the confidence they need to succeed in school, career, and life,

Mary Tran was hired as EXP’s next CEO after an extensive search and recruitment process led by the EXP search committee in collaboration with Envision Consulting. 

Envision Consulting is a boutique firm that specializes in executive search, organizational strategy, merger exploration, and executive leadership transitions exclusively for nonprofit organizations. With offices in New York and Los Angeles, Envision’s commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is integrated throughout its practices, which include a structured hiring process and anti-biased decision-making. In 2023, Envision was named by the Women of Color in Fundraising and Philanthropy as a Top 10 Search Firm that Works for Women of Color for the third year in a row.