Nathan Houston has been involved in expanded learning for over 16 years. Nathan started as a participant with the Center for Fathers and Families (CFF) at age 13. Within a couple of years, he was given his first job as a program assistant with CFF at age 15. At age 19, Nathan was asked to help launch the first After School Education & Safety program ASES for (CFF) MASTERS (Making After School Time Enriching Rewarding and Successful) expanded learning program as the Site Coordinator. Nathan is now the Director of Training and Professional development for the Center for Fathers and Families. He uses his experience and knowledge to train, coach and develop his staff to be successful educators.
In 2016, Nathan received the Emerging Leadership Award from California Department of Education (CDE), and in 2017 he was the keynote speaker at California AfterSchool Network (CAN) first Statewide Symposium. It was there Nathan first debuted his #iAmImpact philosophy and “7 Steps to Impact” keynote which he created to both help and inspire educators in expanded learning. Nathan has had the opportunity to speak in various regions throughout California. Nathan started off the 2018-2019 school year with a #iAmImpact tour stopping in regions 7, 6, 3, and 1. He continues to travel throughout California spreading his #iAmImpact Philosophy to encourage and inspire educators.
Nathan has sat on various committees with the California Department of Education (CDE) Expanded Learning Division (EXLD). Nathan now sits on ASAPConnect’s Design Team which helped launch the 2018-2019 Cohort of TA Fellows. Nathan is apart of the Site Coordinator Workgroup through the California AfterSchool Network (CAN) where they work to affect change within expanded learning programs and help build capacity for Site Coordinators. He also currently sits on Policy Recommendation Committee with California Department of Education (CDE) Expanded Learning Division (EXLD).
Nathan’s #iAmImpact vision is to influence people to unlock their purpose; by forming connections and creating interactions between people to change the world in a positive way. Nathan is not only passionate about expanded learning but he dedicated to being an agent of positive change wherever he goes. He continues to do this by providing keynotes, motivational speeches, and training. Nathan believes we all have an obligation to help make the world a better place by sharing our talents and gifts. Nathan’s motto is, “As much as it's about you, it's not about you.”
Finally, Nathan’s 2020 Theme is “Heart Work!”