Fernando Marquez

Regional Affairs Graduate Fellow
Los Angeles Office

Why I Do What I Do:

“All students should have access to a quality education that will help them succeed as individuals and contribute to their communities. Rich, transformative educational experiences have the potential to make positive impacts on individuals and entire communities.”

Alma Mater(s): California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

Your role in one sentence: Assist the Regional Affairs Director in policy implementation strategies at the local level.

When I am not at work helping students get to and succeed in college I am… improving my ukulele playing skills, reading great books, and riding my bike.

If not higher education then what cause? Sustainability and renewable energy.

Formal Bio:

Fernando Marquez grew up in the San Fernando Valley in the northern parts of Los Angeles. He was the first in both his immediate and extended family to pursue higher education, earning his bachelor’s in English Literature and Language from Cal Poly Pomona.

He was fortunate enough to work for a federal TRIO program as an undergraduate, which allowed him to tutor and mentor low-income, first-generation high school students like himself. He immediately fell in love with the work of college access and would go on to work with this community for several years.

Attending a California public university during a time where public higher education saw greatly decreased funding opened his eyes to what was happening in the world of higher education. It ultimately propelled him to explore what could be done in the areas of college access and student success to ensure that students coming behind him could have access to the same quality education that he and others before him had enjoyed.

Fernando joins the Campaign after three and a half years in university outreach at Cal Poly Pomona where he served California students and families by educating them and informing them of their higher education options. He is pursuing his master’s degree in Higher Education and Organizational Change at UCLA.