Advisory Council

The Advisory Council are active advocates and ambassadors for the Campaign, consisting of experts who strongly support our work and provide us with critical strategic advice as we press forward with solutions to increase college access and improve student success.


Maria Blanco
Executive Director
UC Immigrant Legal Services Center
UC Davis School of Law

George Boggs
President & CEO Emeritus
American Association of
Community Colleges (AACC)

Marlene Garcia
Executive Director
California Student Aid Commission (CSAC)

Mildred Garcia
President
American Association of State
Colleges and Universities (AASCU)

Pamela Haynes
President
California Community Colleges
Board of Governors

Martha Kanter
Executive Director
College Promise Campaign

Robin Kramer
Trustee Emerita
Pitzer College

Kindred Murillo, Ph.D.
Interim Superintendent/President
Santa Barbara City College

Christopher Nellum, Ph.D.
Executive Director
The Education Trust–West

Angel Rodriguez
Commissioner
California Student Aid Commission

Gabriel Sandoval
Partner
Atkinson, Andelson, Loya,
Ruud & Romo (AALR)

Deborah Santiago
Chief Executive Officer
Excelencia in Education

Dan Schnur
Professor
UC Berkeley Institute of
Government Studies

Ryan Smith
Chief External Officer
Partnership for LA Schools

Chris Steinhauser
Superintendent
Long Beach Unified School
District

Peter Taylor
President
ECMC Foundation

Nora Vargas
Supervisor
County of San Diego

In Gratitude

Thank you to previous members of our Advisory Council for their guidance in our work to increase college access and improve student success.


Alex Padilla
US Senator
State of California

Michelle Asha Cooper
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Higher Education Programs
Acting Assistant Secretary for Postsecondary Education
U.S. Department of Education