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Michele Siqueiros

Michele Siqueiros is president of the Campaign for College Opportunity. She works to expand access and success in college for California students by raising public attention on the critical challenges facing higher education, mobilizing a broad coalition of supporters, and influencing policymakers. 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. Over the past seven years, she has raised over $8 million dollars and serves as a state and national spokesperson on higher education in California, with regular contributions to major newspapers and TV outlets across the state. Previously, she was senior project coordinator with the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment in the City of Los Angeles, founding program manager for Public Allies-Los Angeles, and assistant director of constituency services for the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials Educational Fund (NALEO). In addition to PPIC’s Statewide Leadership Council, she serves on the boards of the Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP) and the Alliance for a Better Community (ABC). She was named treasurer of Hispanas Organized for Political Equality (HOPE) in 2014. In the same year, she received La Opinion’s Hispanic Leader Award for her leadership in education. She is an honorary board member of the Soldier’s Project and co-chair of the Latino Jewish Roundtable for the Anti-Defamation League in Los Angeles. From 2011–14 she was a gubernatorial appointee to the California Student Aid Commission, the state agency responsible for distributing and awarding over $1.5 billion annually in Cal Grant aid to California college students. From 2005–10, she served on the Board of Neighborhoods, overseeing the citywide system of neighborhood councils. She holds an MA in urban planning from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and a BA from Pitzer College, with a major in politic studies and honors in Chicano/a studies.

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