As executive director of the Student Pathways Division for the Colorado Department of Education, Misti Ruthven currently leads the initiatives connecting K-12 programs with the next steps beyond high school, such as career and higher education for the State of Colorado. Prior to joining CDE in 2012, she held the position of College Access Director for the Colorado Department of Higher Education. Misti is considered a national subject matter expert on college and career readiness, paying for college and successfully transitioning underserved students to college. Her work has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the White House and highlighted in the Denver Post, Chicago Tribune and Inside Higher Education. She is also often asked to provide national recommendations in these areas by request of the U.S. Department of Education.