Our Team

Our Team

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Executive Office

The President’s Office sets organizational vision, manages executive staff, and engages with system leaders and state policymakers to share our learning and advocate for policies that support postsecondary guidance and intersegmental data sharing to benefit students and educators.

Tessa Carmen De Roy

Tessa Carmen De Roy
President
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Tessa Carmen De Roy is the founder and president of the California College Guidance Initiative (CCGI), overseeing the organization’s strategy, management, financials, and system-level partnerships. Prior to founding CCGI, she spent a decade working to promote college access and success for first-generation, college-bound students in Los Angeles County. Her participation in the development of the IRS Data Retrieval Tool, which simplifies the financial aid application process for students and families by directly importing tax information into their FAFSA, led to a focus on how data and technology could be used to lower academic and vocational barriers for students. Tess earned her Doctor of Education from the University of California, Los Angeles, where she focused on data-supported regional efforts to articulate high school and college coursework.

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Mary Aguayo
Chief Impact Officer

Mary Aguayo serves as CCGI’s Chief Impact Officer, leading the Strategy and External Relations division. Before joining CCGI, Mary served as the vice president of strategic enrollment management at the University of La Verne where she led admissions, financial aid, marketing and communications, certificate programs, and enrollment analytics. Mary earned her bachelor’s degree in history and Master of Public Administration from the University of Wyoming.

Heather Allen

Heather Allen
Chief Programs Officer

Heather Allen serves as CCGI’s Chief Programs Officer, driving strategy for implementation of CaliforniaColleges.edu and how it can be used by K-12 practitioners and higher education segments to smooth the path to college and opportunity for students throughout our state. She spent more than 15 years working in the Fresno Unified School District in a variety of site and district leadership roles. She began her career as a School Counselor and later became a high school Vice Principal. At the district level, she worked in multiple departments that included IT, School Leadership and College & Career Readiness. She served as the Executive Officer of the Instructional Division before joining CCGI. Heather earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Stanford University and her Master of Science in Counseling from California State University, Fresno.

Maya Ramos Clayton

Maya Ramos Clayton
Chief People and Systems Officer

Maya Ramos Clayton serves as Chief People and Systems Officer, providing strategic leadership and vision that supports a positive and inclusive organizational culture. She is a thought-partner to the executive leadership team, an encouraging and supportive coach to people managers across the organization, and an accessible ally for everyone in the organization. Maya provides judicious oversight and implementation of CCGI’s recruitment and onboarding and talent development programs, cross-team collaboration systems and routines, and general operational functions of the organization. Before becoming Chief People and Systems Officer, Maya served in a number of roles at CCGI, most recently as Chief of Staff. Prior to CCGI, she worked for a national college access and youth leadership development program. She earned her M.S. from New York University and B.A. from Smith College.

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Leigh S. Ranck
Chief Product Officer

Leigh S. Ranck serves as CCGI’s Chief Product Officer, spearheading the vision for CCGI’s web-based college and career planning platform for all California 6th-12th grade students and overseeing CCGI’s infrastructure and analytics. Before transitioning into the role of Chief Product Officer, Leigh served in a number of roles at CCGI, most recently as Chief Technology Officer. Prior to joining CCGI, Leigh worked for the MacArthur Foundation’s Connected Learning Alliance, where she spent several years using web applications and communications tools to increase participatory, interest-driven learning that’s connected to educational, civic, and career opportunities for students across the U.S. Leigh previously worked for a nonprofit and a global health firm in New York City with the aim of translating scientific discoveries into affordable and accessible global health solutions. Leigh earned her bachelor’s degree from New York University.

Director of External Affairs Katie Santos Coy

Katie Santos-Coy
Senior Director, External Affairs

Katie Santos-Coy serves as CCGI’s Senior Director of External Affairs, supporting the Executive Team with government and external relations. Before joining CCGI, Katie served in a variety of roles within public and private colleges. During the last several years she has focused on public higher education in California, serving most recently as the Executive Director for Communications and Public Affairs at Cal State Los Angeles and before that at the University of California, San Diego. Katie earned her B.A. in Government from California State University, Sacramento and her MBA from Western Governors University.

David John Silva

David John Silva
Executive Assistant

As executive assistant, David John Silva assists the President’s Team in daily business activities, with a special emphasis on leadership support. Prior to joining CCGI, he garnered more than 20 years of experience in office management and administrative assistance over dynamic, virtually based teams. David attended CSU Sacramento with focus on music and theatre arts.

Programs Division

The Programs Division provides direct service to K-12 school districts to support effective partnership and implementation of CaliforniaColleges.edu. 

Our Engagement & Implementation team provides outreach, training and ongoing support to districts who partner with CaliforniaColleges.edu to impact college and career readiness outcomes for their schools and/or district. 

Our Technical Assistance team supports districts with aligning course information from their Student Information System to the UC Course Management portal. This is in order to ensure that students receive the correct a-g credit in their eligibility calculations for CSU and UC applications. 

Our Data Services team supports districts in loading their files to CaliforniaColleges.edu and work to support the accuracy and frequency of K-12 transcript data.

Engagement and Implementation

Joanne Do 
Senior Director, Engagement and Implementation

Joanne Do serves as the Senior Director of Engagement & Implementation, driving the strategic vision for CCGI’s work in direct service of K-12 districts and educators who use CaliforniaColleges.edu. She also leads the regional teams to ensure that statewide efforts are in alignment with organizational priorities and California policy landscape. Before joining CCGI, Joanne worked at College Access Plan, where she led the organization through precipitous growth and helped to shape the organization’s culture. She has also served as an admissions reader for UC Berkeley. In 2018, she was recognized as an Inspiring Leader by the Center for Nonprofit Management. Joanne earned her B.A. in American literature and culture from UCLA, her M.A. in English from Loyola Marymount University, and her Ed.D. in educational leadership from UCLA where her dissertation was focused on the experiences of first-generation college students as they faced obstacles to accessing financial aid.

Lisa Andrews-Swartzlander
K-12 Lead Counselor-in-Residence

Lisa Andrews-Swartzlander serves as the primary consultation resource to regional teams as it relates to the field of School Counseling. She plays a critical role in ensuring that teams within the Programs Division are equipped to deliver intentional, informed support to our district partners who seek to use CaliforniaColleges.edu tools within a comprehensive school counseling program. Prior to joining CCGI, she served as a professional school counselor with the Pomona Unified School District. Currently, she serves as adjunct faculty at the University of La Verne’s La Fetra School of Educational Counseling, as an independent college counselor at Top College Consultants, and also as a reviewer for the Recognized ASCA Model Program for the American School Counselor Association. Lisa earned her Bachelor of Arts in Communicative Disorders from the University of Redlands. She holds a Master of Social Work from the University of Southern California, a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership from Concordia University, and a Master of Arts in School Counseling from the University of La Verne.

Darice Ingram
Director, Engagement and Implementation

Darice Ingram serves as the Director of Engagement & Implementation for the Northern California region, driving efforts to close equity gaps by building partnerships with school districts and communities to ensure our work is centered on the needs and experiences of students, families, and educators. Before joining CCGI, she spent 13 years working for California State University, East Bay, and she co-founded a nonprofit dedicated to connecting K-12 school districts, community, parents, businesses, and students to resources that increased college access, retention, and graduation rates of underserved students. Darice earned her bachelor’s degree in business management and administration from University of Phoenix and her Master of Public Administration from California State University, East Bay. 

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Julian McDaniels
Director, Engagement and Implementation

Julian McDaniels serves as the Director of Engagement & Implementation for the Inland Empire/Southern California region, driving efforts to close equity gaps by building partnerships with school districts and communities to ensure our work is centered on the needs and experiences of students, families, and educators. Before joining CCGI, Julian served in a variety of roles such as Social Science teacher, AVID Coordinator, and Assistant Principal. Since 2014, he has worked in Moreno Valley to develop new college and career readiness systems, events, and procedures to help all students be prepared for college and a viable career path. For the past 6 years he has been a member of the Riverside County Educational Collaborative which works to increase equitable college and career readiness outcomes throughout the county by planning college and career events, root cause and data analysis, transcript analysis, and sharing best practices with stakeholders in the region. Julian earned his bachelor’s degree in International Studies from UC San Diego and his Master of Education from UC Riverside.

 

Selma Gonzalez, Director of Engagement and Implementation at CCGI

Selma Gonzalez
Director, Engagement and Implementation

Selma Gonzalez serves as the Director of Engagement & Implementation for the Central Valley region, driving efforts to close equity gaps by building partnerships with school districts and communities to ensure our work is centered on the needs and experiences of students, families, and educators. Before joining CCGI, Selma worked in education for over 20 years in roles that supported equitable opportunities for students to have the widest array of postsecondary options, including 11 years as a high school counselor and head counselor and ten years in district leadership roles. She has supported both Fresno Unified and Madera Unified School Districts in standardizing counseling services and programs to ensure that all students, regardless of the school they attend, receive high-quality counseling services. Selma earned her bachelor’s degree in health science with a focus on community health, as well as her Master of Arts degree in education counseling and student services, from California State University, Fresno.

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Tamai Johnson
Director, Engagement and Implementation

Tamai Johnson serves as Director of Engagement and Implementation for the Greater Los Angeles region. driving efforts to close equity gaps by building partnerships with school districts and communities to ensure our work is centered on the needs and experiences of students, families, and educators. Tamai joins CCGI with over 22 years of experience closing achievement gaps and promoting college and career readiness in the Los Angeles Unified School District. In her most recent role Tamai served as Principal of Jefferson High School. Tamai earned her B.A. in Child Development from Cal State University, Northridge, her M.A. in Special Education from Cal State University, Dominguez Hills, and her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from Azusa Pacific University.

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Allie Ebner
Deputy Director, Technical and Training Resources

Allie Ebner serves as the Deputy Director of Technical and Training Resources, driving the development of training materials and resources to ensure our work is centered on the needs and experiences of students, families, and educators. Prior to joining CCGI, Allie worked extensively to train K-12 educators and adult learners across the country in her role as the National Director of Training and Organizing for Educators for Excellence, a nonprofit doing advocacy work around educational equity. Allie earned her B.A. in History and Political Science from the University of California, San Diego.

Joanna Vazquez Zelaya
Deputy Director, Engagement and Implementation

Joanna Zelaya serves as Deputy Director of Engagement & Implementation, driving efforts to close equity gaps by building partnerships with school districts and communities to ensure our work is centered on the needs and experiences of students, families, and educators. Prior to joining CCGI, she worked with Oakland Unified School District, where she designed and managed the implementation of local policy that generated supplemental revenue to re-design traditional high schools into Linked Learning career academies. Back in her home of Southern California, she led and contributed to advocacy efforts to improve the educational outcomes and experiences for Latino/a students in Los Angeles. Joanna earned her M.P.A. from UC Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy and her B.A. from UCLA.

Anna Lorena Garcia

Anna Lorena Garcia
Senior Manager, Engagement and Implementation

As a Senior Manager on the Engagement and Implementation team, Anna works in direct service of districts to support their implementation efforts and drive ongoing, effective utilization of the college and career planning tools on CaliforniaColleges.edu. Before joining CCGI, she worked for the University of California Office of the President and the UC Merced Center for Educational Partnerships, where she spent more than a decade working with educators, students, and families supporting college and career planning. Anna Lorena earned her bachelor’s degree in liberal studies from the University of La Verne.

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Christopher Dech
Senior Manager, Engagement and Implementation

As a senior manager on the Engagement and Implementation team, Christopher works in direct service of school districts to support their implementation efforts and drive ongoing, effective utilization of the college and career planning tools on CaliforniaColleges.edu. Before joining CCGI, he worked for over 15 years in the Riverside Community College District, most recently as Project Director for programs that supported the successful transition of foster youth and underserved students to higher education. In this role, he created partnerships with local K-12 districts that increased college access. Christopher earned his bachelor’s degree in Psychology and his Master of Arts in Educational Counseling from the University of Redlands.

Dedreiana Elliott

Dedreiana Elliott
Senior Manager, Engagement and Implementation

As Training Manager on the Engagement & Implementation team, Dedreiana Elliott promotes successful utilization of CaliforniaColleges.edu planning and application tools among educators via high quality, individualized support and year-round virtual training. Before joining the team at CCGI, she served as an admissions officer for UC San Diego. In addition to working in the UC system, Dedreiana also has experience working with various high schools, California Community Colleges, and the CSU system. She earned her bachelor’s degree in communication from California State University, Channel Islands.

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Doris Lee
Senior Manager, Engagement and Implementation

Doris Lee serves as Senior Manager of Engagement and Implementation, working in direct service of districts to support their implementation efforts and drive ongoing, effective utilization of the college and career planning tools on CaliforniaColleges.edu. Before joining CCGI, Doris served as a College & Career Counselor in the Torrance Unified School District, working directly with 9-12 grade students and growing the Career Technical Education opportunities. In addition to working within TUSD, she spent 15+ years in enrollment management with a deep understanding of admissions, outreach, and financial aid. Doris earned her B.A. in Journalism from the University of Iowa.

 

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Geraldina Espinoza
Senior Manager, Engagement and Implementation

Geraldina Espinoza serves as Senior Manager of Engagement and Implementation, working in direct service of districts to support their implementation efforts and drive ongoing, effective utilization of the college and career planning tools on CaliforniaColleges.edu. Before joining CCGI, Geraldina served as an adjunct Instructor and Counselor for Madera Community College where she supported first-generation, economically disadvantaged, first-time college-attending students. She earned her BA in Communication Studies from California State University, Stanislaus and MS degree in Counseling, Student Services from California State University, Fresno.

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Katherine Zevallos Pastor
Senior Manager, Training

As the Senior Manager of Training, Kat Zevallos Pastor serves as a key collaborator and driver of CCGI’s Engagement & Implementation work to help educators successfully utilize CaliforniaColleges.edu’s planning and application tools. Kat provides both high quality, individualized support to educators and year-round virtual training. Before joining CCGI, Kat served as the inaugural Dream Center coordinator at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, where she established foundational values of activism, community, education, and empowerment for the success of undocumented students. Kat earned her M.S in college counseling and student development from Azusa Pacific University. She is an active member of and mentor for the Undocuprofessionals Network.

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Shannon Coskran
Senior Manager, Engagement and Implementation

As a Senior Manager on the Engagement and Implementation team, Shannon Coskran works in direct service of districts to support their implementation efforts and drive ongoing, effective utilization of the college and career planning tools on CaliforniaColleges.edu. Before joining CCGI, Shannon coordinated a program at Cal State East Bay that supported returning adult students in completing their degrees. Shannon earned her B.A. in Psychology and Social Behavior from the University of California, Irvine and her M.A. in Social Justice Education from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

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Shardai Zaragoza
Senior Manager, Engagement and Implementation

As a Senior Manager on the Engagement and Implementation team, Shardai Zaragoza works in direct service of districts to support their implementation efforts and drive ongoing, effective utilization of the college and career planning tools on CaliforniaColleges.edu. Before joining CCGI, Shardai served as the lead Student Success Liaison at Grossmont College and was responsible for the creation of a campus-wide student retention program that included mobilizing resources and engagement offerings to support student success. Shardai earned her B.A. in English Literature and Art History from Pitzer College.

Ying Lo Khang

Ying Lo-Khang
Senior Manager, Engagement and Implementation

As a Senior Manager on the Engagement and Implementation team, Ying works in direct service of districts to support their implementation efforts and drive ongoing, effective utilization of the college and career planning tools on CaliforniaColleges.edu. Before joining CCGI, she worked for Breakthrough Sacramento, where she supported underserved students and families in college and career planning. Ying earned her bachelor’s degree in social work from the University of California, Berkeley and her Master of Social Work from Columbia University.

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Ashley Shaffer
Manager, Training

As Training Manager on the Engagement & Implementation team, Ashley Shaffer promotes educators’ successful utilization of CaliforniaColleges.edu planning and application tools through high quality, individualized support to educators and year-round virtual training. Before joining CCGI, she served as a school counselor with Monterey Peninsula Unified School District. Ashley earned her BA in English, MEd degree and Single-Subject Teaching Credential at Mills College and MC degree at Adams State University.

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Monique Bell
Manager, Training

As Training Manager on the Engagement & Implementation team, Monique Bell promotes successful utilization of CaliforniaColleges.edu planning and application tools through high quality, individualized support to educators and year-round virtual training. Before joining CCGI, Monique worked as the Administrative Coordinator of Instruction for Black Student Achievement out of the Los Angeles Unified School District’s Superintendent’s Office. Monique earned her B.A. in History from UCLA and her M.Ed. from Pepperdine University.

Olivia Lopes

Olivia Lopes
Manager, Training

As Training Manager on the Engagement & Implementation team, Olivia Lopes promotes educators’ successful utilization of CaliforniaColleges.edu planning and application tools through high quality, individualized support to educators and year-round virtual training. Before joining CCGI, she worked for Reading Partners on their Community Engagement team, aiming to support students in literacy. Olivia’s passion for social justice and educational equity drives her work every day. She earned her bachelor’s degree in sociology at Regis University.

Technical Assistance

Patricia Zarco

Patricia Zarco
Director, Technical Assistance

As director of Technical Assistance, Patty Zarco leads the team responsible for supporting K-12 districts in improving the accuracy of transcript data and addressing issues affecting the data-informed functionality on CaliforniaColleges.edu. Before joining CCGI, she spent 13 years with UC Merced, Center for Educational Partnerships, where she oversaw federal, state, and privately funded college-access programs in the Central Valley. Patty earned her bachelor’s degree in communication studies from California State University, Stanislaus and her master’s degree in school counseling from Fresno Pacific University.

Sara Kong

Sara Kong
Deputy Director, Technical Assistance

Sara Kong serves as as deputy director of Technical Assistance,  leading on the day-to-day operations of a team responsible for addressing issues affecting the data-informed functionality on CaliforniaColleges.edu and supporting K-12 districts in improving the accuracy of transcript data. Before joining CCGI, Sara worked for the Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District and was part of the Orange County Regional Collaborative group of Career Counseling Coordinators, which increased the awareness and participation in Career Technical Education (CTE) and dual enrollment. She earned her master’s degree in school counseling from Chapman University and her bachelor’s degree in child and adolescent development from California State University, Fullerton, where she graduated summa cum laude in the University Honors Program.

Abigail Bailey

Abigail Bailey 
Manager, Technical Assistance

As Technical Assistance Manager, Abigail Bailey supports K-12 districts in improving the accuracy of transcript data and addressing issues affecting the data-informed functionality on CaliforniaColleges.edu. Abigail has worked in K-12 and higher education for the past 15 years. Within that time, she spent 10 years in a large school district focused on increasing access to higher education by supporting and championing data systems aimed at equity and transparency. She initiated new community partnerships aimed at ensuring the accuracy of district-wide programs, thus increasing opportunities for all students in the areas of financial aid and the college application process. She earned her Masters in Public Administration from California State University, East Bay and her Bachelor of Arts in Communications from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Amy Martinez Aguilar
Manager, Technical Assistance

As Technical Assistance manager, Amy Martinez supports K-12 districts in improving the accuracy of transcript data and addressing issues affecting the data-informed functionality on CaliforniaColleges.edu. Before joining CCGI, she worked for UC Merced’s Center for Educational Partnerships, where she assisted underserved students and families with college and career planning and collaborated across sectors to propose and implement academic-preparation programming. Amy earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of California, Merced, and she earned her master’s degree in school counseling from Fresno Pacific University.

Cheyenne Zamora 
Manager, Technical Assistance

As Technical Assistance manager, Cheyenne Zamora supports K-12 districts across the state in improving the accuracy of transcript data and addressing issues affecting the data-informed functionality on CaliforniaColleges.edu. Before joining CCGI, she worked as a college and career technician for the Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District, supporting high school students in exploring postsecondary options and navigating the college application processes. Cheyenne is currently enrolled at California State University, Sacramento, pursuing her bachelor’s degree in psychology.

Christine Cortez

Christine Cortez
Manager, Technical Assistance

As Technical Assistance Manager, Christine Cortez supports K-12 districts in improving the accuracy of transcript data and addressing issues affecting the data-informed functionality on CaliforniaColleges.edu. Prior to joining CCGI, Christine served as a College & Career Advisor for KIPP Through College, San Diego, supporting high school students from underserved communities in college and career planning. She earned her Masters in Educational Leadership from San Diego State University and her Bachelor of Arts in American Studies from Columbia University.

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Danny Vidrio
Manager, Technical Assistance

As Technical Assistance Manager, Danny Vidrio supports K-12 districts in improving the accuracy of transcript data and addressing issues affecting the data-informed functionality on CaliforniaColleges.edu. Prior to joining CCGI, Danny served as an Outreach Coordinator for the College Prep Parent Academy program within the Chaffey Joint Union High School District, which supported high school students and parents in navigating the college and career planning process. He also coordinated the Chicana/o Resource Center at California State University, Fullerton. Danny earned his bachelor’s degree in History and Ethnic Studies: Concentration in Chicana/o Studies from California State University, Fullerton.

Dulce Grant
Manager, Technical Assistance

As Technical Assistance Manager, Dulce Grant supports K-12 districts in improving the accuracy of transcript data and addressing issues affecting the data-informed functionality on CaliforniaColleges.edu. Prior to joining CCGI, Dulce served as the Alumni Success Counselor at Downtown College Prep, where she oversaw the Alumni Program that supports predominantly first generation students to persist in college and graduate. Dulce earned her B.A. in Political, Legal, and Economic Analysis from Mills College.

Salvador Dorado

Salvador Garcia Dorado
Manager, Technical Assistance

Salvador Garcia Dorado serves as Technical Assistance manager, supporting K-12 districts in improving the accuracy of transcript data and addressing issues affecting the data-informed functionality on CaliforniaColleges.edu. Prior to joining CCGI, he served as a high school parent- and community-engagement specialist and as a university recruiter in Los Angeles. Salvador holds a bachelor’s degree in Spanish from Pomona College and earned both a master’s degree in Latin American studies and a post-baccalaureate certificate in women’s, gender, and sexuality studies from California State University, Los Angeles.

Data Services

Tamara Vaughan

Tamara Vaughan
Director, Data Services

Tamara Vaughan serves as Director of Data Services, overseeing the team who supports K-12 districts in uploading their files to CaliforniaColleges.edu and advising the CCGI’s Technical Assistance team in their work to improve the accuracy of K-12 transcript data. Before joining CCGI she served as the database systems analyst for a public K-12 district, where she was charged with CALPADS data reporting, SIS database management, and data validation. Prior to that, she spent seven years in various roles in higher education, where she was responsible for state and federal data validation and submission as well as managing student information systems. Additionally, she served on several retention working groups and data-user and product-implementation teams.

Linda Xayavong
Deputy Director, Data Services

Linda Xayavong serves as Deputy Director of Data Services, supporting K-12 districts in uploading their files to CaliforniaColleges.edu and advises CCGI’s Technical Assistance team in their work to improve the accuracy of K-12 transcript data. Before joining CCGI, Linda spent nearly ten years working in the area of research and evaluation at Elk Grove Unified School District where she assisted in the planning and coordinating activities related to state and district assessment programs. She attended San Diego State University with a focus on chemistry.

Angela Mata
District Data Support Analyst, Data Services

Angela Mata serves as a District Data Support Analyst, supporting K-12 districts in uploading their files to CaliforniaColleges.edu and advising CCGI’s Technical Assistance team in their work to improve the accuracy of K-12 transcript data. Before joining CCGI, Angela served as a Data Analyst at Bonita Unified School District where she oversaw CALPADS state data reporting and collaborated with district and school staff, as well as school districts throughout California, to ensure data integrity in state and local student information systems. Prior to that, she was a Database Specialist at Pasadena Unified School District. Angela earned her bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Princeton University and her master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Southern California.

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Carmen Harris
District Data Support Analyst, Data Services

Carmen Harris serves as a District Data Support Analyst, supporting K-12 districts in uploading their files to CaliforniaColleges.edu and advising CCGI’s Technical Assistance team in their work to improve the accuracy of K-12 transcript data. Prior to joining CCGI, Carmen served as a Research Technician for the Pasadena Unified School District where she created data dashboards as well as collected, compiled, and manipulated data concerning school attendance, student enrollment, demographics, classroom availability, utilization and staffing. Carmen has worked for Pasadena Unified School District for 11 years as an Application Support Assistant where she supported schools with master scheduling, queries, attendance, discipline and other data needs as well as analyzed data being submitted to CALPADS from the student information system.

Edwin Cortez

Edwin Cortez
District Data Support Analyst, Data Services

Edwin Cortez serves as a District Data Support Analyst, supporting K-12 districts in uploading their files to CaliforniaColleges.edu and advising CCGI’s Technical Assistance team in their work to improve the accuracy of K-12 transcript data. Prior to joining CCGI, Edwin spent years working for a higher education institution in the areas of financial aid advising and scholarships data operations. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science with a minor in statistics and a data analytics certificate from Google.

Elizabeth Love
District Data Support Analyst, Data Services

Elizabeth Love serves as a District Data Support Analyst, supporting K-12 districts in uploading their files to CaliforniaColleges.edu and advising CCGI’s Technical Assistance team in their work to improve the accuracy of K-12 transcript data. Prior to joining CCGI, Elizabeth served as Manager of Information and Data Systems at Summit Public Schools where she developed an automated dashboard for special education students, staff, and reporting information. Elizabeth earned her B.A. in Psychology from the University of California, Santa Cruz.

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Joshua Davis
District Data Support Analyst, Data Services

Joshua Davis serves as a District Data Support Analyst, supporting K-12 districts in uploading their files to CaliforniaColleges.edu and advises CCGI’s Technical Assistance team in their work to improve the accuracy of K-12 transcript data. Before joining CCGI, Joshua served as the Manager of Data and Information Systems for Summit Public Schools where he managed multiple large-scale projects, ensuring information systems and data products effectively met the needs of the organization. Joshua earned his BA in Sociology from UC Davis and his Master of Science in Sports Management from the United States Sports Academy.

Maria Cavallaro
District Data Support Analyst, Data Services

Maria Cavallaro serves as a District Data Support Analyst, supporting K-12 districts in uploading their files to CaliforniaColleges.edu and advises CCGI’s Technical Assistance team in their work to improve the accuracy of K-12 transcript data. She has more than 15 years of experience in education, having worked as a Data Analyst within the Principal Apportionment Division of the California Department of Education, and as an Office Manager at a charter high school. As the first in her family to go to college, she is most passionate about supporting education opportunities for students who want to go to college. She earned her Associate in Arts from Cosumnes River College and Bachelor of Science in accounting from Western Governors University.

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Ryan Cameron
District Data Support Analyst, Data Services

Ryan Cameron serves as a District Data Support Analyst, supporting K-12 districts in uploading their files to CaliforniaColleges.edu and advises CCGI’s Technical Assistance team in their work to improve the accuracy of K-12 transcript data. Before joining CCGI, Ryan served as a Data Analyst for the Ceres Unified School District. Ryan earned his B.S. in Information Technology and is currently working on his M.Ed. in Inspired Teaching and Learning with an emphasis in Social Emotional Learning.

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Shannon Bilton-Terrell
District Data Support Analyst, Data Services

Shannon Bilton-Terrell serves as a District Data Support Analyst, supporting K-12 districts in uploading their files to CaliforniaColleges.edu and advises CCGI’s Technical Assistance team in their work to improve the accuracy of K-12 transcript data. Prior to joining CCGI, Shannon worked as a Data Quality Technician at Riverside Unified School District, where she collaborated with district and site personnel, as well as districts throughout California to resolve data discrepancies for CALPADS state data reporting. She also provided technical training to site personnel in best practices to ensure data integrity in local and state student information systems.

CaliforniaColleges.edu

The CaliforniaColleges.edu Team is responsible for the development, maintenance, and iteration of CaliforniaColleges.edu, the State of California’s college and career planning platform, including content and collateral to effectively engage educators, students, and families.

Laurel Sunderman

Laurel Sunderman
Director, CaliforniaColleges.edu Student Experience

As Director, CaliforniaColleges.edu Student Experience, Laurel Sunderman leads the team that develops and iterates self-led lessons, college and career planning tools, and supplemental content on CaliforniaColleges.edu. Laurel ensures that CaliforniaColleges.edu meets the unique needs of California students, while aligning with current trends in K-12 and higher education counseling, and fulfilling the goals laid out by the state of California. Before joining CCGI, Laurel spent more than 15 years working for Sacramento nonprofit and higher education institutions. She holds a B.A. and M.A. in English from California State University, Sacramento, where she also earned certificates in Teaching College Composition and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL).

Benjamin Baird

Ben Baird
Director, CaliforniaColleges.edu Integrations

As director of CaliforniaColleges.edu integrations, Ben Baird is responsible for the externally-facing application integrations between CaliforniaColleges.edu and the California Community Colleges, California State University, University of California, and FAFSA/California Dream Act applications, as well as the platform’s college eligibility tools. Prior to joining CCGI, he worked for the Los Rios Community College District. Ben holds a BA from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and an MS from Drexel University.

Kevin Heller-Antrim
Product Director, CaliforniaColleges.edu Educator Experience

As product director of CaliforniaColleges.edu Educator Experience, Kevin Heller-Antrim guides and develops educator-focused enhancements to the site and leads the team’s support efforts to meet user needs through thoughtful data collection. Before joining CCGI, Kevin served as Executive Director of the Santa Clara Schools Foundation. Prior to that, he led UC Scout where he established a successful statewide outreach program and developed an early intervention system. Kevin earned his Master of Arts degree in Teaching English as a Second Language from St. Cloud State University and his Doctorate in Education in Educational Leadership from UC Davis.

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Anne Mangahas
Deputy Director, CaliforniaColleges.edu Content

As deputy director of CaliforniaColleges.edu Content, Anne develops web-based content for K-12 audiences and materials to empower students as they embark on their collegiate journey. Before joining CCGI, Anne served as a lead on the product development team at Western Governors University where she led a team to support business development efforts and develop customized learning experiences and resources. Anne earned her Bachelors of Science in Biological Science and her Master of Arts in Philosophy from Biola University, her Master of Science in Biochemistry from the University of Southern California and her Doctorate in Education in Educational Leadership from Azusa Pacific University. 

Daniel Marker

Daniel Marker
Deputy Director, CaliforniaColleges.edu System Administrator

As deputy director of the CaliforniaColleges.edu System Administrator, Daniel Marker manages functional aspects of integrations and collaborates with internal stakeholders to ensure content is represented accurately and functioning as designed. Before joining CCGI, he worked for California State University, Stanislaus, where he served students in the transition to college through academic preparation initiatives and student-centered support. He also serves as a Stan Futures member within the Cradle to Career, Stanislaus Partnership. Daniel earned his bachelor’s degree from Fresno Pacific University and master’s degree at the University of Toronto.

Janette Nikolakopoulos

Janette Nikolakopoulos
Deputy Director, CaliforniaColleges.edu Student Experience

As deputy director of the CaliforniaColleges.edu Student Experience, Janette Nikolakopoulos guides and develops student-focused enhancements for CCGI’s college and career planning platform. Informed by stakeholder feedback, research, and best practices, Janette manages continual improvements to the platform, ensuring its efficacy and ease-of-use. Before joining CCGI, Janette spent almost a decade with edtech companies, primarily managing cross-functional product teams to publish online courses, resources, and tools. Janette earned her B.S. from Northwestern University and her M.A. from St. Mary’s College of California.

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Damian Perez
Developer, CaliforniaColleges.edu Integrations

Damian Perez serves as the Developer for CaliforniaColleges.edu Integrations, supporting the design, development, and testing of integrations, transcript-informed functionality, and
account management on CaliforniaColleges.edu Before joining CCGI, Damian worked at SMASH, a nationwide STEM education program, and The Foundation for Hispanic Education, a charter network in San Jose, CA. Through managing data and information systems, he supported organizational growth and operations by always bringing student needs to the forefront of decision-making. Damian earned his B.S. in Business Administration, Management of Information Systems from San Jose State University and his M.S. in Instructional Science and Technology from California State University, Monterey Bay.

Jacquelyn Mendieta

Jacquelyn Mendieta
Senior Manager, CaliforniaColleges.edu Educator Experience

Jacquelyn Mendieta serves as Senior Manager, CaliforniaColleges.edu Educator Experience, enhancing the resources and support for educators utilizing the platform. Prior to joining CCGI, she worked for 16 years at the California State University, Los Angeles, recruiting students to the university, providing educational resources and support to students, educators and community members, and coordinated all recruitment events and conferences such as Preview Week for admitted students. As a strong supporter of higher education, she also served as advisor to several student organizations at the university. Jacquelyn earned both her bachelor’s degree in Psychology and her master’s degree in Child Development from the California State University, Los Angeles.

Maribel Chonhim

Maribel Chonhim
Senior Manager, CaliforniaColleges.edu User Research

As Senior Manager of CaliforniaColleges.edu User Research, Maribel Chonhim supports users and tests enhancements to ensure optimal operations and communicates proactive and strategic updates on platform functionality. Before joining CCGI, she worked as a student services coordinator at a private college planning agency in the San Fernando Valley and as a substitute teacher in the San Gabriel Valley. Maribel earned her M.A. in educational counseling along with her PPS credential from Azusa Pacific University and her B.S. in sociology from the University of La Verne.

Marissa Chávez
Senior Manager, CaliforniaColleges.edu Content

Marissa Chávez serves as Senior Manager, CaliforniaColleges.edu Content, and is responsible for assisting in the development of college and career curricula. Previously they worked in admissions for a selective university and developed transitions curriculum at various universities. Marissa is a proud product of the Central Valley and a first-generation student who holds a bachelor’s from UC Davis and master’s in Higher Education Counseling and Student Affairs from California Polytechnic State University.

Tori Zavala
Senior Manager, CaliforniaColleges.edu Student Experience

Tori Zavala serves as Manager, CaliforniaColleges.edu Student Experience, and works with the CaliforniaColleges.edu team to enhance new features and resources that support students who use and interact with the platform. Prior to joining CCGI, she worked in analytics and research for a consulting firm. Tori is a proud first-generation college graduate. She holds a bachelor’s in Psychology from California State University, Channel Islands, and a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Oregon State University.

Vivian Kalea

Vivian Kalea
Product Designer, CaliforniaColleges.edu

Vivian Kalea serves as product designer for the CaliforniaColleges.edu team, and is responsible for designing intuitive experiences to empower and support users of CaliforniaColleges.edu. Prior to joining CCGI, she created human-centered experiences as Head of Mentorship and Product Manager in an ed-tech design startup. Vivian specializes in graphic design, web design, and illustration experience. She has helped build equity across diverse and inclusive representation in the design industry. Vivian earned her bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies from Vassar College.

Amanda Tejeda
Manager, CaliforniaColleges.edu Educator Experience

Amanda Tejeda serves as manager for CaliforniaColleges.edu Educator Experience, enhancing the resources and support for educators utilizing the platform. Prior to joining CCGI, Amanda attended California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo and interned with both Apple and Amazon in technical product management and software development engineering. Amanda earned her Bachelor of Science in Liberal Arts and Engineering Studies from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.

Lillie Apostolos

Lillie Apostolos
Manager, CaliforniaColleges.edu Content

Lillie Apostolos serves as manager for CaliforniaColleges.edu content, assisting with content research and development for CaliforniaColleges.edu. Prior to joining CCGI, she worked as a writer and English instructor. Lillie holds a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in English from California State University, Sacramento.

Communications

The Communications Team is responsible for equipping organizational staff with the language and materials they need to effectively talk about the work that CCGI does. The team’s work includes producing print and digital collateral, messaging, social media, presentations, as well as any and all interaction with the media.

Lenine Umali
Director, Communications

As director of communications, Lenine Umali leads all production of CCGI’s external communications, helping develop new and strengthen existing communications channels that provide stakeholders with information regarding CaliforniaColleges.edu and CCGI. Prior to joining CCGI, Lenine spent much of her career in public service, serving as a policy, communications, and strategic advisor to policymakers and public-serving institutions. She has served as director for a member of the U.S. House of Representatives and a senior member of the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors, as well as various non-profit organizations throughout the San Francisco Bay area. Lenine is a first-generation Filipina immigrant and Bay Area native. She earned her bachelor’s degree from U.C. Berkeley and her M.B.A. from the University of Southern California.

Alessandra Fadeff
Deputy Director, Communications

Alessandra Fadeff serves as communications manager, working to develop print and digital collateral, social media, and other content to support educator-facing and internal communications. Alessandra is also responsible for ensuring the alignment and organization of CCGI’s communications assets. Before joining CCGI, she worked to develop admissions, outreach, and communications strategies for UC Berkeley’s undergraduate business program. Alessandra earned her bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies from Seattle University in Seattle, WA.

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Jessica Riano-Tripp
Design Manager, Communications

Jessica Riano-Tripp serves as the Design Manager, working to design, develop, and ensure quality control of print and digital collateral, social media and other branded content to support external and internal communications for various audiences. Jessica is also responsible for the development of interactive instructional content. Before joining CCGI, Jessica served as a senior graphic designer for a creative agency where she specialized in advertising, social media, and brand building and earned multiple graphic design awards for her work. Jessica earned her bachelor’s degree in Film and French from San Francisco State University and a professional certification in Visual Media Design from City College of San Francisco.

Ana Castillo
Student Voice Coordinator, Communications

Ana Castillo serves as the student voice coordinator and supports the Communications Team with producing content featuring first-generation high school students and recent high school graduates. She helps recruit students who use CaliforniaColleges.edu for college and career planning, and she ensures their voices are represented in CCGI’s outreach presentations to parents, educators, and other stakeholders. Before CCGI, Ana engaged in volunteer work for her community, helping her city during the summer and fellow youth in after-school programs. She is a recent high school graduate and is the first in her family to attend college.

Infrastructure

The Data & Analytics Infrastructure Team oversees all of CCGI’s internal cloud-based data analytics and engineering infrastructure and technical strategy. Their work includes data analytics, data warehousing, and data engineering projects, ensuring alignment with the organization’s mission and goals.

Saloman Davila

Salomón Dávila
Director, Infrastructure

Salomón Dávila serves as director of cloud infrastructure, developing scalable statewide data-engineering tools and pipelines and supporting the organization’s data analytics and cloud infrastructure. Before joining CCGI, he worked for the California Community College system as faculty, administrator, and consultant, where he spent two decades developing community college programs across 40 colleges, connecting high school to careers in advanced manufacturing, cloud computing, and data science. Salomón earned his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and he earned his master’s degree in teaching and curriculum from Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Carol Wesolowski

Carol Wesolowski
Technical Project Manager, Infrastructure

Carol Wesolowski serves as the Technical Project Manager, focusing on the project management and facilitation of the Infrastructure Team, while fostering transparency and cross-team collaboration. Carol most recently served as the technical project manager at Indigov and Evidation Health. She holds an Advanced Certified ScrumMaster (CSM) credential and completed her bachelor’s degree in computer science from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Mohini Singh
Data Engineer, Infrastructure

Mohini Singh serves as a data engineer of cloud infrastructure, scaling and architecting the data pipeline through automation and analytics to enable a highly performant cloud data warehouse. Before joining CCGI, Mohini worked for the Santa Clara Office of Education and the San Jose Unified School District as a data engineer where she was responsible for data modeling, data analysis, defining the multi-tenant architecture for a K-12 analytics product, engineering data pipelines and data quality monitoring strategies. Mohini earned her bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Fergusson College in Pune, India.

Richard Chuang
Data Engineer, Infrastructure

Richard Chuang serves as a data engineer of cloud infrastructure, maintaining and enhancing current data pipelines to provide quality data to stakeholders and flexible scaling for future data demands as new initiatives arise. Before joining CCGI, Richard worked for Greenhouse as a data migration engineer, leading teams to identify and enhance procedures and managing various projects. Richard earned his bachelor’s degree in Financial Mathematics and Statistics from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Operations

Together, the User Support, Contracting, Salesforce, Recruitment, Professional Development, and Internal Operations divisions form CCGI’s Business Operations team. They provide core operations support for the organization and importantly, serve as the first point of contact for all external stakeholders.

Ashley Davis
Director, People and Systems

Ashley Davis serves as the Director of People and Systems, managing the organization’s internal operations team, driving talent development initiatives and playing a key role in the creation of professional development systems. Before joining CCGI, Ashley worked for A Place Called Home where she supported the strategic direction and implementation for program delivery and staff development. Ashley earned her bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Arizona State University.

Kristina Tyler

Kristina Tyler
Director, User Support

As director of user support, Kristina Tyler leads the the team responsible for providing high-quality service to educators who use CaliforniaColleges.edu through individual user support. Prior to joining CCGI, she supported students in the classroom by teaching 5th grade English Language Learners in Rhode Island and by serving as education programs coordinator for an after-school program in Orange County. Kristina earned her M.A. in urban education policy from Brown University.

Sarah Yanagi
Deputy Director, User Support

As deputy director of user support, Sarah Yanagi provides high-quality service to educators who use CaliforniaColleges.edu through individual user support. Prior to joining CCGI, Sarah worked as an elementary school and secondary educational Speech Language Pathologist for Elk Grove Unified School District and as a clinical supervisor for graduate students pursing a career as a educational Speech Language Pathologist. She worked avidly with middle school students as they learned strategies for self-advocacy and classroom learning on their journey to choosing a college and career path. Sarah received both her B.S. and M.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders from CSU Sacramento.

Andrew Brown

Andrew Brown
Senior Manager, User Support

As senior manager for the User Support Team, Andrew Brown promotes successful utilization of CaliforniaColleges.edu planning and application tools among educators via high-quality, individualized support and year-round virtual training. Prior to joining CCGI, he was a part-time collections assistant in the vertebrate paleontology department of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles. He has also worked as a barista for several third-wave coffee establishments. Andrew earned his bachelor’s degree in anthropology at California State University, Northridge.

Ruchita Bhatia

Ruchita Bhatia
Salesforce Administrator

Ruchita Bhatia serves as CCGI’s primary Salesforce administrator, keeping the organization’s Salesforce platform up-to-date with new releases, automating complex business processes, providing enhancements, collaborating with team members to define and document development requirements, training end-users on new customizations, and managing external vendors. Before joining CCGI, she worked as a software engineer and developed web and Windows applications for various clients. Ruchita also volunteers her time as a Salesforce administrator/developer with the Morning Star Foundation. She earned her master’s degree in information technology from DAVV (India).

Sheri Hiebert

Sheri Hiebert
Senior Manager, Business Operations

As business operations senior manager, Sheri Hiebert is responsible for contract management and execution of agreements with K-12 school districts, higher education institutions, third-party nonprofit organizations, and vendor contracts across the state, as well as with maintaining contract protocols and management of specialized projects. Prior to joining CCGI, Sheri worked for a Fortune 500 global workforce solution firm, where she held several management roles, including providing project management supporting both new and existing clients with workforce contracts across North America. Sheri brings over 17 years of experience in business operations, project management, and strategic implementation. She attended Wichita State University with a focus on business administration and management.

Adrien Redford

Adrien Redford
Manager, User Support

As a User Support Manager resolving help tickets related to the utilization of CaliforniaCollege.edu, Adrien Redford will also be streamlining the college planning and application process for students with step-by-step resources and tools as needed. Adrien’s most recent roles, before joining CCGI, involved building support teams at a tech company and at a student-to-alumni calling program for higher education advancement. Adrien graduated with a B.A. in Media Studies and Music from Pomona College in Claremont, CA.

June Wui
Manager, User Support

As a User Support Manager resolving help tickets related to the utilization of CaliforniaCollege.edu, June Wui will also be streamlining the college planning and application process for students with step-by-step resources and tools as needed. Before joining CCGI, June served as the assistant director at California Lutheran University where she co-managed all technical support systems and platforms to ensure the best experience for users. June earned her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley and her Master of Science in Education from the University of Pennsylvania. 

Naib Tapia

Naib Tapia
Manager, User Support

As a User Support Manager resolving help tickets related to the utilization of CaliforniaCollege.edu, Naib Tapia will also be streamlining the college planning and application process for students with step-by-step resources and tools as needed. Born in Los Angeles and raised there until she was 12, one winter her family decided to move to the Napa Valley and she has been in Northern California ever since. For the past five years, Tapia has been able to support and assist with academic advising for low-income, first-generation students. In addition, she has been able to streamline the college-going process for students, families and educators. She received her Master of Science in Family and Human Development from Arizona State University and her Bachelors of Arts in Criminology and Criminal Justice from Sonoma State University.

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Tyrah Green
Manager, User Support

Tyrah Green serves as a User Support Manager, resolving help tickets related to the utilization of CaliforniaCollege.edu and streamlining the college planning and application process for students with step-by-step resources and tools as needed. Before joining CCGI, Tyrah served as an Education Specialist for the Oakland Unified School District where she assisted educators in implementing educational technologies in their classrooms and coordinated services for secondary students. Tyrah earned her BA in Education Studies from Brown University and her Master of Arts in Teaching from New York University.

Harvey Yung

Harvey Yung
Senior Specialist and Junior Salesforce Administrator, Business Operations

Harvey Yung serves as business operations specialist, supporting the management of Salesforce and other CCGI tools, infrastructure, and processes. Before joining CCGI, Harvey worked as a safety coordinator at a major biotech company, ensuring all policies and procedures were followed. He was also an EMT in San Francisco, assisting people in their time of need. Harvey earned his bachelor’s degree in philosophy from San Francisco State University.

Jonny Jayne

Jonny Jayne
Specialist, Business Operations

As business operations specialist, Jonny Jayne supports the management of the operations, tools, and processes that underlie CCGI’s work. Jonny earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from CSU Channel Islands.

Strategic Impact

The Strategic Impact team is responsible for strengthening internal data analysis processes and strategy as well as supporting the alignment of organizational goals and outcomes with program operations.

Alison Fedyna Villa

Alison Fedyna Villa
Director of Strategic Impact

Alison Fedyna Villa serves as the Director of Strategic Impact, working across teams at CCGI to strengthen internal data analysis processes and strategy as well as support the alignment of organizational goals and outcomes with program operations. She is a social impact leader dedicated to disrupting inequitable systems and creating conditions where all students have the opportunity to thrive. Alison brings more than 12 years of experience in the nonprofit and education sectors, leveraging her program evaluation, facilitation and training, and instructional design expertise. Most recently, Alison served as the Assistant Director of Graduate Student Teaching and Learning at UCLA and California Program Director with America Needs You. She earned her Master of Arts in Applied Psychology from New York University, and both her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and her Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Toledo.

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Oluremi Olufemi
Deputy Director, Strategic Impact

Oluremi Olufemi serves as the Deputy Director of Strategic Impact, working across teams at CCGI to strengthen internal data analysis processes and strategy as well as support the alignment of organizational goals and outcomes with program operations. Oluremi was most recently the Director of Measurement, Learning, & Evaluation at CodePath and before that she was the Senior Research & Data Analyst at Girls Who Code. She earned her B.A. in Sociology and Gender Studies from Kenyon College and her Master’s of Science in Public Policy from The New School.

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Noura Alqatarneh
Data Analyst, Strategic Impact

As data analyst for the Strategic Impact team, Noura supports CCGI’s analytical strategies and infrastructure optimization, as well as collaborating across the organization to produce analytical reports, dashboards, and data-driven insights. Before joining CCGI, Noura served as a data analyst for Civic High School, producing customized dashboards for students, teachers and administrative teams, supporting the augmentation of the curriculum and instructional decision process. Noura earned her B.S. in Mathematics from the University of Jordan and her M.A. in PK-12 Educational Leadership from San Diego State University.

Mitzi Bandera

Mitzi Bandera
Data Analyst, Data & Analytics Infrastructure

As data analyst for data analytics and infrastructure, Mitzi Bandera supports CCGI’s analytical strategies and infrastructure optimization, as well as collaborating across the organization to produce analytical reports, dashboards, and data-driven insights. Before joining CCGI, Mitzi worked in higher education and student affairs for seven years, including as an international student advisor at UCLA. Mitzi earned her B.A. in psychology from UCSC and is currently pursuing an associate’s degree in computer science from Santa Monica College.