Emily Montalvo-Telford

Policy Fellow
UC Santa Barbara

What do you do at the campaign? I help advance policies that promote access to and success within higher educational institutions.
What else gets you up in the morning? I am always excited to start my day and continue my advocacy work. Every day is a new opportunity to help make necessary systemic changes.
What do you do in your down time? I like to go to the gym and hang out with friends.
Fun fact: I went to one of Tom Petty’s last concerts.

Formal Bio:
Emily was raised in Salinas, California. From a young age, her mother instilled the value of obtaining a college education. She was the president of her high school’s Mock Trial team and was an Associated Student Body officer.

As a first-generation college student, Emily directly experienced the barriers students face in attempting to succeed within higher educational institutions—such as lacking knowledge on available resources, rights, and the general expectations that a college experience entails. As a result, Emily dedicated herself to ensuring all students have equitable access to education. Specifically, she worked on projects that aimed at protecting and advancing the rights of survivors of sexual violence and joined lobby events in support of Pell Grant and Cal Grant reform.

After graduation, Emily moved to Sacramento in order to continue her efforts in public policy reform.