Nanette Cooley

Executive Director - Career Development

Nanette Cooley

Nanette Cooley is the Executive Director of the Center for Career Development at Washington College.  She leads the career center efforts to advance career education, experiential learning, and on-campus student employment. Additionally, Nanette and her team provide personalized, meaningful experiences for students, alumni, employers and families. A true advocate for the liberal arts, Nanette connects students to opportunities aligning with their core values.

Having completed a master’s degree in counseling services from Rider University, she has worked in higher education for more than 30 years.  Prior to her role at Washington College, she led career services at Lafayette College in Easton, PA where she was presented the President’s Award for distinguished service. During her tenure at Lafayette, she managed employer relations, served on various boards and committees, and was responsible for compiling and reporting first destinations outcomes.

Currently, her role involves providing strategic direction for career development within the student affairs division. Nanette provides individual career coaching and counseling to students and alumni, facilitates workshops, and coordinates on- and off-campus programs including regional networking events. Additionally, she is a member of the National Association of Colleges and Employers, Eastern Association of Colleges and Employers, Middle Atlantic Career Counseling Association as well as the Maryland Career Consortium.