“The time is right for community colleges and universities to work together to provide a marketplace solution that helps community college students realize their potential.”
— Sean O'Brien, Founder at Affordable College

Sean O'Brien

Sean is a mission-driven, design thinking leader who’s been studying the college affordability and transfer problems for years. He’s still asking questions about them such as: why are low income students turning away from college, why are students not ready for college, and especially, why do students lose credits when they transfer. After founding or launching related partnership models including most recently, The National Transfer Network, he believes the time is right for community colleges and universities to work together to provide a marketplace solution that helps community college students realize their potential.

He most recently served as Director of Strategic Partnerships at Ashworth College, where he drove the formation of the National Transfer Network to provide students with a flexible pathway to an affordable, recognized bachelor’s degree. Sean is also the owner of The College Transfer Pathways LinkedIn Group. The role of the group is to ask questions, share original content and research, and propose and discuss solutions on promoting affordability through college transfer pathways.  Sean spent 8 years as a professional hockey player and served as Director of Player Development and a member of the Executive Board of USA Hockey.  Sean is a graduate of Princeton University.