Senior Vice President
Los Angeles Office
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Why I Do What I Do:
“Not enough of our families’ education dreams come true. I’m in the business of dream making.”
Alma Mater(s): University of Southern California and Princeton University
Your role in one sentence: I build broad-based coalitions that ensure our public colleges and universities better serve our students and the state and I keep Californians informed of the state of higher education and what they can do to help.
When I am not at work helping students get to and succeed in college I am…raising four little Californians and trying hard not to pull out all of my hair!
If not higher education then what cause? I’m confused, is there another cause?
Audrey Dow grew up in East Los Angeles. Like her parents before her, she attended James A. Garfield High School. Seeing potential in Audrey, her parents, counselors, and teachers at Garfield worked together to ensure she went to college. Indeed, Audrey was the first in her family to attend and graduate from a university. Her experience at Garfield and in college launched her passion for ensuring increased access and success for students like her in higher education.
Audrey Dow currently serves as the Senior Vice President for The Campaign for College Opportunity. She is responsible for leading a community engagement strategy for an unprecedented, statewide, bipartisan coalition that seeks to ensure a college education for millions of California students and a healthy economic future for the state. She is also responsible for an all inclusive media campaign positioning higher education as a critical issue in California for all sectors. In 2010, her work helped secure passage of historic transfer reform legislation that will make it easier for community college students to transfer to the CSU system. She also successfully launched the One Million More College Graduates by 2025 campaign, a public awareness campaign outlining higher education policy priorities for California’s Governor.
Before joining the Campaign, Audrey served as Programs and Policy Director for Hispanas Organized for Political Equality (HOPE), a statewide nonpartisan, nonprofit organization committed to advancing the status of Latinas through education, advocacy, and leadership training. At HOPE she was responsible for leading a statewide policy agenda in education, health, and economic empowerment and managing HOPE’s flagship program, the HOPE Leadership Institute (HLI). Dow continues to volunteer with HOPE and served as Editor of the 2013 Economic Status of Latinas report.
Prior to that position, Audrey served as Special Assistant to the Secretary for the California Business, Transportation, and Housing Agency under Governor Gray Davis. During her time with the state, she managed a myriad of projects to improve the state’s aging infrastructure systems. Dow was also called to work on special assignments such as California’s Census 2000 effort and the Governor’s Diversity Taskforce designed to address issues of equity in state hiring, university admissions and contracting after the passage of Proposition 209.
Audrey is a graduate of the University of Southern California, where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Policy and Management. She received her Master’s in Public Affairs with an emphasis in Domestic Policy, and a certificate in Urban Policy, from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. She is a member of the Princeton Interview Committee for Southern California and an active member of Princeton’s Students and Alumni of Color. She is a former fellow of the Women’s Policy Institute of the Women’s Foundation of California, serves on the Advisory Board of New Futuro and College Summit, is a member of the CSU African American Initiative, and recently served on the CEO for Cities National Talent Dividend Annual Conference steering committee.
In 2010 Audrey was recognized as a Mujer Destacada by La Opinion for her outstanding work in the field of Education. Audrey is the proud mother of Isabella, Alexandra, Rocco and Brody.