Who We Are

  • Build Team
  • Staffulty
  • 2020 Summer Staff
  • 2020 Summer Staff
  • 2019 Summer Staff
  • 2018 Summer Staff
  • Board of Trustees
  • Board of Advisors
  • Collaborators

Build Team

Centered in Sitka
  • Bryden Sweeney-Taylor (Executive Director) is the co-founder and a board member of Matriculate and was formerly the CEO of College Access and Success at America Achieves, where he led Bloomberg Philanthropies’ CollegePoint initiative. Both efforts aim to support high-achieving, lower-income students apply to, enroll in, and, ultimately, graduate from top-performing colleges and universities across the U.S. Prior to joining America Achieves, he served as Executive Director of African Leadership Foundation, the U.S. foundation supporting African Leadership Academy in Johannesburg, South Africa and developing the next generation of African leadership. He started his career in education as Chief Operating Officer at Peer Health Exchange, a non-profit organization that trains college students to provide a comprehensive health curriculum in public high schools. He is an alumnus of Deep Springs and Harvard College.
  • Cecilia Dumouchel (Director of Programs and Operations) holds the belief that there are many ways to succeed and that a holistic education honors and supports different modalities of learning. Motivated by this belief, Cecilia joined the team in the fall of 2016 to help build the foundation for an education that supports students on their path toward agency and responsibility and works against the commodification of the college degree. She's had the pleasure of serving as Program Coordinator at the 2018 & 2019 Summer Seminars and is currently the Director of Programs & Operations. Cecilia harbors a deep interest in health + healthcare in the United States and graduated with a degree in the History of Science, Medicine, and Public Health from Yale University. In her spare time, Cecilia can be found sewing, biking out to either end of the road, or cooking copious amounts of Japanese food.
  • Franklin Eccher (Programs and Operations Manager) comes to Outer Coast with an interest in college admissions and higher education reform, with a particular focus on college access and success for high-achieving, low-income students. Inspired by his experiences in education in rural western Colorado, Frank completed an interdisciplinary program in Education Studies at Yale University, where he studied the efforts of American colleges to more effectively reach students in rural education deserts. Frank joined the Build Team in September of 2019 as the Programs and Operations Fellow and was the Program Coordinator for the 2020 Summer Seminar. In his free time, Frank writes, fly fishes, and makes crossword puzzles.
  • Grace Greenwald (see bio in Staffulty tab)
  • Johnny Elliott (see bio in Staffulty tab)
  • Rachel Thomson (Development and Administration Fellow) is excited to be at Outer Coast building an educational institution that values being and becoming human, beyond just being and becoming a student. She is interested in relationships, community, and community-centered education that is truly accessible and valuable for students from all backgrounds. While a student at Stanford University, she explored how cultural and social structures affect human health. Rachel joined the Build Team in September 2020 through the Alaska Fellows Program. She also enjoys long hikes, storytelling, no-knead bread, and board games.
  • Tasha Boyer (Programs and Operations Fellow) was born and raised in Chugiak, Alaska and is a proud Thai American. Her time as Student Representative to the Anchorage School Board first sparked her curiosities in education reform and community building. A graduate in Psychology from Yale University, Tasha takes a people-centered approach to every facet of her life. She believes that interpersonal understanding can occur through cultural exchange, and has worked as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant to Brazil and with the Royal Thai Embassy. Tasha joined the Build Team at Outer Coast as the Programs and Operations Fellow through the Alaska Fellows Program in September of 2020. In her free time, Tasha enjoys choreographing dances, longboarding, and fangirling over Lady Gaga.