President (Habla Español)
Los Angeles Office
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Why I Do What I Do:
“I have full faith in the quintessential American promise: that someone who grows up in poverty – with ambition and some opportunity – can do great things and contribute to forming a more perfect union. Higher Education is the opportunity that makes this promise possible.”
Alma Mater(s): Pitzer College, University of California at Los Angeles
Your role in one sentence: To influence California policy makers and college leaders so that more students can go to college and graduate and to be a voice and advocate for students as I champion efforts to eliminate racial inequities in higher education so that we can keep California’s economy strong.
When I am not at work helping students get to and succeed in college I am…I am cheering for my son at a soccer game and in awe by the passion and smarts of my daughter.
If not higher education then what cause? I would support undocumented students so more of them could realize their college dreams and I would fight for women’s equality. Can I also serve as company for Anthony Bourdain’s tapings of Parts Unknown?
Michele Siqueiros oversees the organization’s strategy, policy priorities, fundraising, and serves as the leading spokesperson for our work. Michele has been with the Campaign since 2004, serving first as the Associate Director and the past seven years as Executive Director and was named President in 2014. With her leadership in 2010, the Campaign led the effort for historic transfer reform that will make it easier for students to transfer from any California Community College to the California State University system and most recently led support for the passage of the Student Success Act of 2012. She was instrumental in assembling a statewide network of over 12,000 coalition supporters, involving over 50,000 young people and their families through the “Save Me a Spot in College” and “I’m One in A Million” scholarship contests awarding over $670,000 in scholarship dollars, guiding the direction of the Campaign’s research and releasing reports on the impact to the California economy and educated workforce needs, and securing passage of Campaign sponsored legislation to increase access to Pell Grants and promote college awareness for middle school students.
She currently serves on the Boards of the Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP), The EdSource Advisory Council, Alliance for a Better Community (ABC) and from 2011-2014, Michele served as a gubernatorial appointee to the California Student Aid Commission, the state agency responsible for distributing and awarding over $1.7 billion annually in Cal Grant aid to California college students. In 2015, the Mexican American Opportunity Foundation named her their Woman of the Year. Hispanas Organized for Political Equality (HOPE) named Michele their HOPE Treasure in 2014. That same year, La Opinion Newspaper gave her the Hispanic Leader Award for her leadership in education. In 2008, La Opinion named her one of Los Angeles’ Mujeres Destacadas (Outstanding Woman). She received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Studies and Chicano/a Studies from Pitzer College and her Master of Arts in Urban Planning from the University of California, Los Angeles. She is based in our Los Angeles office.