Linda Vasquez

Regional Affairs Director
Los Angeles Office

Follow me on Twitter at: @lindam_v

Why I Do What I Do:

“No matter what changes our economy will face, a college degree will remain to be the key to success, especially for low-income and first-generation college students. Because others helped me along the way, I feel a sense of obligation to do the same for others.”

Alma Mater(s): California State University, Fullerton and Teachers College at Columbia University

Your role in one sentence: I lead the organization’s policy implementation strategies at the local level and inform the community of policies that affect college access and student success.

When I am not at work helping students get to and succeed in college I am…dressing up and taking pictures of my dogs.

If not higher education then what cause? Animal rights and social services.

Formal Bio:

Linda Vasquez is originally from Aguascalientes, Mexico and came to the United States with her family at the age 3. She grew up in Garden Grove where she attended Garden Grove High School. She is one of 6 children and the first in her family to earn a bachelor’s degree. Inspired by her parents’ dream of their children becoming successful members of society, she attended college with her own dream of becoming an agent of social change. Linda successfully navigated the college-going pathway thanks to college advisors and mentors, but she recognized at an early age that others get lost in the complicated maze. It was this that inspired her to help other first-generation college students on their pathway to success like mentors had done for her.

Linda has over 10 years of experience with college access programs, with a strong record of building partnerships and forming alliances with cross-sector organizations. Prior to her joining the Campaign, she served as District Manager of State Organizations at ACT, Inc., where she was responsible for overseeing college and career readiness programs in 8 states in the Southwest. In this role, she served as direct liaison between 120+ senior education and workforce professionals and ACT, Inc. She also served as Vice President of Partnerships for New Futuro, a bilingual educational start-up based in Chicago, IL. She was responsible for launching New Futuro in California and successfully established 35+ partnerships with college-access organizations and higher education institutions within the first year. Prior to New Futuro, Linda held posts at Rio Hondo College and California State University, Fullerton, where she worked directly with students and families throughout the college-going process.

Linda remains an active member in both Los Angeles and Orange County communities. She serves as Chair of the Las Fotos Project Advisory Board, a youth photography program based in Boyle Heights. She volunteers as a Spanish Parent Academy Facilitator for Joya Scholars, a college access not-for-profit in Placentia, CA that offers college prep tools to both middle and high school students and their parents. In addition, Linda serves on the California Education Roundtable Intersegmental Coordinating Committee, where she helps design (and facilitate) bilingual and culturally relevant college-prep material to middle and high school parents. She is an alumna of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute.

She holds a Political Science B.A. from California State University, Fullerton, with minors in Spanish & Chicano/a Studies and an M.A. in Leadership, Policy & Politics from Teachers College, Columbia University.