waiting for MEeting with Secretary Arne Duncan and Secretary John King inside the USDOE

waiting for MEeting with Secretary Arne Duncan and Secretary John King inside the USDOE


Invited by Eric W. Waldo, former Executive Director in the Office of the former First Lady, Michelle Obama, Dr. Trish Hatch participated as an expert in a small stakeholder conversation about the state of school counseling in this country at the White House on Wednesday, May 7, 2014. The conversation was designed to foster discussion among experts, practitioners, and policy stakeholders working to promote access to higher education and attended by senior White House officials. 

Co-lead the organization and planning for the second White House Convening held at San Diego State University in November 2014. Coordinated with Eric Waldo, former Chief of Staff to the First Lady’s Reach Higher Initiative, and Greg Darnieder, former Special Assistant to US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.

Aided speechwriters for former First Lady Michelle Obama's speech at the American School Counselor Association National Conference in June 2014 that featured the stories of two former students of Dr. Hatch. Retrievable at http://www.schoolcounselor.org/school-counselors-members/professional-development/annual-conference/2014-conference-webstream/first-lady-s-address.


Strategic planning team member providing consultation and assistance to Greg Darnieder, former Special Assistant to Arne Duncan in the US Department of Education and Eric W. Waldo, former Executive Director or the College Access Initiative in the former Office of the First Lady at the White House for the College Opportunity Agenda: Strengthening School Counseling and College Advising at Harvard Graduate School on July 28, 2014.

Met with former Secretary Duncan and former incoming Secretary King to make recommendations for changes needed in school counseling language within legislation, policies, and blueprint documents. 

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Hatch is a frequently requested keynote speaker at state and national conferences with experience addressing thousands of attendees. She is passionate, energetic, motivational, and inspiring.

National Trainer

Provided more than 300+ trainings for school counselors and administrators at the request of schools,  districts, State Departments of Education, County Offices of Education, and State School Counseling Associations. One, two, and three-day trainings have been conducted in nearly every state. Topics include:

  • ASCA National Model

  • Hatching Results®: The Use of Data to Effect Change

  • Pilots, Passengers, Prisoners & Hijackers: Managing Difficult People and Change

  • Data-Driven and Evidence-Based School Counseling Programs

  • School Counselors: Leaders, Advocates and Systems Change Agents

  • Comprehensive School Counseling Programs

CONSULTANT/Executive COach

Experienced in designing, developing, coordinating, implementing and evaluating educational programs, particularly school counseling programs, Dr. Hatch serves as an executive coach to site and central office administrators and superintendents.

Grant Writer/EVALUATOR

Awarded over $16 million in federal funding including the Elementary School Counseling Demonstration Act Grant and the Middle School Coordinators Grant.

Program Evaluator

An evaluator for the federal Elementary and Secondary School Counseling Program Grant, Dr. Hatch has expertise in all educational programs areas utilizing the Weiss (1998) evaluation method for studying programs and policies, especially Safe and Drug Free Schools and School Counseling Programs.

Legislative Consultant/Analyst

Dr. Hatch was Director of Governor and Legislator Outreach for Emergency Legislation Task Force (2006) and has provided expert advice and consultation to the California Association of School Counselors (CASC), assisted in drafting school counseling and school safety legislation, and served as an expert witness in legislative hearings.

School Counseling Program Director

Former Director of the school counseling graduate program at San Diego State University, Dr. Hatch teaches courses in Prevention and Intervention, Educational Research Methods, Program Evaluation, Professional Seminar and Fieldwork.


Experienced as a high school and central office administrator overseeing 75 school counselors in 32 high needs schools, Dr. Hatch has received multiple state and national school counseling awards. These include the ASCA National Standards Exemplary Program Award, the Education Trust MetLife Foundation Award for “Outstanding School Counseling Program” and the California Golden Bell Award in the category of accountability and assessment. She was awarded Administrator of the Year by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA).


School Counselor

Dr. Hatch has experience providing school counseling services to students in all three grade levels: elementary, middle, and high school.

Elected State and National Leader

Past President of the state school counseling association and former Vice President of the American School Counseling Association (ASCA). Dr. Hatch has held many offices on the governing boards of several professional organizations.


Dr. Hatch was awarded the Jim Saum Legislative Leadership Award for her work in both writing legislation and testifying in committee for improved school counseling in California. She was awarded the H.B. McDaniel Individual Award for Excellence in School Counseling and inducted into the H.B. McDaniel Hall of Fame at Stanford University for her lifetime achievement in the field of school counseling.

Dr. Hatch is one of only 12 individuals to have received the Mary Gehrke Lifetime Achievement Award by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA).  

In front of over 7,000 attendees at the National Association of College Admission Counseling (NACAC) national conference in San Diego, Dr. Hatch was honored with the Excellence in Education Award for “improving the field of education and service to students.” Previous winners of this prestigious award include former First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama, and Senator Tom Harkin.

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Trish is chairing the work around college counseling between San Diego State University and its partnership with First Lady Michelle Obama’s Reach Higher campaign. Thanks to her efforts, San Diego State University was at the front of the pack, leading other institutions in its commitment to college and career preparation for college counseling and advising.
— Eric Waldo, Executive Director in the Office of the First Lady Michelle Obama