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Our Team


ScholarMatch is a dynamic team of talented and passionate professionals.

 

 

Leadership Team

Karla V. Salazar

Executive Director

Karla V. Salazar

Executive Director

Karla was born in Nicaragua, raised in Los Angeles since she was eight years old, and studied abroad in Mexico. She is an experienced bilingual leader in the public and private sector. This diverse intersection of public and private industry experience has allowed her to have the ability to work effectively with multidisciplinary professionals. The guiding principle that drives and motivates Karla as a professional is her ability to empower, impact and influence individuals and organizations toward a common good. Her life mission is to contribute to a more humane world by collaborating with visionary leaders, developing and implementing transformative ideas, strengthening organizations, and being of service to our communities.

One of her proudest collaboration was as an undergraduate student at UCLA. Karla was the first Director of Centro Coatlicue for MEChA Calmecac. She was part of the founding of the student-initiated, student-run, and student-funded retention program created in response to the problem of high attrition rates for Latinx UCLA undergraduate students. The program still exists at UCLA.

In the public sector, she worked as an Assistant Manager at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco’s Los Angeles branch, Field Director in the California State Controller’s Executive Office, and an Analyst at the City of Santa Monica’s Finance Department. Since 2010, she has management experience in nonprofit organizations such as the California Community Foundation, Nonprofit Finance Fund, Board Treasurer, Interim CEO and COO for Families In Schools, and most recently as Interim CEO of Casa Treatment Center.

In 2013, she launched her financial and strategic management consulting work under SOS Strategies partnering with nonprofit organizations interested in strengthening their organizational workflow and effectiveness in the areas of business planning, leadership transition, restructuring, governance, revenue model realignment, and financial literacy and training.

Karla’s professional experience is enhanced through her engagement as a volunteer with several community organizations. She is also a board member of the United States Selective Service System, Grand Performances, and continues to be involved in several community projects.

Karla earned a Master of Arts Degree in Public Policy from the Claremont Graduate University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science with an emphasis in international relations and specialization in Chicana/Chicano Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles. Ms. Salazar also completed the Executive Program in General Management at the University of California, Los Angeles, John E. Anderson School of Management.

When she is not working, she enjoys spending time with her son and family, hiking, attending outdoor concerts at Grand Performances, and traveling.

Devon Moore

Senior Director of Programs and Compliance

Devon Moore

Senior Director of Programs and Compliance

(She/her/hers) Devon has worked in higher education for the past fourteen years at various highly selective colleges, supporting and creating more equitable spaces for first-generation and lower-income students. She is passionate about educational access and believes that students should have the opportunity to succeed and thrive through higher education. A native to the Bay Area, Devon relocated to the East coast after high school and received her bachelor’s degree in art history at Princeton and her master’s degree in higher education at Harvard. Prior to joining the ScholarMatch team, she was the founding director of the Center for College Student Success for first-generation, lower-income, and undocumented students at the University of Chicago and also co-founded the FGLI Consortium, a non profit organization for college administrators supporting and empowering FGLI students. Outside of work, Devon enjoys reading, running, and spending time with her extended family.

Human Resources & Finance

Mary Thuy Pham

Director of Human Resources

Mary Thuy Pham

Director of Human Resources

Mary was raised in in the Central Valley, having moved to the U.S. from Vietnam at the age of one with her parents and five siblings. She moved to San Francisco 14 years ago to attend college and decided to stay, as she fell in love with the diversity and culture the Bay Area has to offer. Mary has a Bachelor’s degree in Health Education with an emphasis in Public Health from San Francisco State University and is SHRM-CP certified. During college, she worked part-time as a test prep tutor for students from 8th-12th grade and loved being able to assist them in meeting their educational goals. Mary’s passions include friends, family, her two dogs, and traveling!

Gabriela Castro

Human Resources Coordinator

Gabriela Castro

Human Resources Coordinator
Gabriela is a Bay Area native, born and raised in Oakland, and a first generation college graduate from California State University, East Bay. She graduated with a Bachelor’s in Health Administration. From a young age she had a passion of working with organizations that aligned with her values and were mission driven. She has had the privilege to work with organizations who strive to create equitable access to health and social services. She is excited to be a part of a team who works with students in making their academic goals a reality. In her free time, Gabriela loves all things food, spending time with her pups, family and friends.

Marisela Garcia

Finance and Program Coordinator

Marisela Garcia

Finance and Program Coordinator

Marisela grew up in the Bay Area but is originally from Mexico. She is a first generation college student and graduated from UC Berkeley with a Bachelors of Arts in Sociology and a minor in Chicano Studies. She spent her college years volunteering and advocating for immigrant rights. Marisela is passionate about education and believes every student should have the opportunity to get a college education. She has experience in college advising from her previous role as a college advisor, a position that has motivated her to continue working with college-bound high school students. She knows first-hand that as a low-income and first generation student, you don’t always have the support or financial resources to attend college, which is why she wants to help students receive the support and information to make college possible.
Marisela habla español y está aquí para ayudarle.

Data & Information Systems

Francisco Prado

Interim Information Systems (IS) Manager

Francisco Prado

Interim Information Systems (IS) Manager

Francisco is a native Californian from Los Angeles, the son of Mexican immigrants, and he is the first male in his family to graduate college. He graduated from California State University, Northridge and holds a Bachelors degree in Sociology. His 12 years experience in working with at-risk youth and families in the non-profit sector have given him the tools to assist those that are in need of increasing access to higher education and social services. He has developed and coordinated programs for low income communities that assist in Life Skills, Counseling, Crisis Intervention, and increased academic enrichment and career planning. He is dedicated to his passion which is to see today’s youth succeed and to make sure they are well prepared for the world of tomorrow.

Development

Julie Angulo

Director Of advancement

Julie Angulo

Director Of advancement

With over 20 years of experience in nonprofit management, Julie has a demonstrated fundraising track record in the higher education, healthcare, and social services sectors. Prior to joining ScholarMatch, Julie was the Senior National Director of AmeriCorps, National Director of Foundations & Grants, and Regional Director of Programs & Development at Up2Us Sports. In her previous capacity at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Miami, she was the Director of Group Engagement & Mentoring where she oversaw youth enrichment programs. In her previous role as Donor Relations Manager at the University of Miami, Julie was responsible for identifying sources of funding as well as preparing grants/proposals to foundations, corporations, and government agencies which resulted in over $1.25M in awards. She also served as the Development Manager for Malteser International Americas as well as the Project Administrator for the International Union Against Tuberculosis & Lung Disease (a non-governmental organization based in France) where she managed a grants portfolio of over $4M. Julie started her career as an intern at Massachusetts General Hospital where she became Project Manager & Consultant in the Department of Radiology’s Quality Management & Education division. A native of Miami, Julie is trilingual (English, Spanish and French). She holds an MBA from Boston University and a B.S. from the University of Miami.

Paloma Mariz

Communications & Marketing Manager

Paloma Mariz

Communications & Marketing Manager

Paloma grew up in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, surrounded by nature, books, and the arts. Her upbringing amid Brazil’s rich culture fueled her curiosity and love of storytelling, ultimately leading to a career in film and video editing. Eager to explore the world and lured in by New England charm, she moved to Boston, MA, to expand her horizons and further her education. Many snowstorms later, she headed west, excited to embrace California’s diversity and progressive culture. Since arriving in the Bay Area, she has been working for education nonprofits focused on educational equity and committed to helping students thrive. A first-generation college graduate herself, she is excited to use her experience to help advance ScholarMatch’s mission of supporting students through college and beyond.

Jacqueline Zha

Development Associate

Jacqueline Zha

Development Associate

Jacqueline (Jacki for short) was born in sunny Southern California but grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area after moving north at the age of 7. She relocated to Philadelphia, PA for college and went on to receive her Bachelor’s in Psychology from Drexel University. It was at this time that Jacki first stepped foot into the world of nonprofit, through a Development Coordinator position at the literacy nonprofit Springboard Collaborative. While working there, she became enamored by the cascading impact that educational nonprofits could create. Now, after moving back to the Bay Area, Jacki is eager to continue supporting students as a part of ScholarMatch’s team. Outside of work hours, she enjoys winding down with some arts & crafts, tending to her garden, and playing video games.

 

 

Alexandro Fierro-Stephens

Partnership Coordinator

Alexandro Fierro-Stephens

Partnership Coordinator
I am a resident of Oakland which is where I grew up and I enjoy playing basketball, spending time with my six-year-old golden doodle, Paco, and getting outside! I like to hike in the Bay Area as often as I can. When I’m not outside I enjoy spending time with friends and family in Oakland and San Jose. I also have a passion for travel as I appreciate the opportunity to gain a fresh perspective and learn about other cultures. I am half Black and half Mexican which are equally important parts of my identity!

Scholars Program

Alma Zaragoza-Petty, Ph.D.

Advising Manager

Alma Zaragoza-Petty, Ph.D.

Advising Manager

Alma is a native Californian who was also raised in Acapulco, Mexico. She has worked with students for almost 20 years in various capacities and settings. She started as an enrollment officer at East Los Angeles College, where she began her studies. While at UCLA she tutored and advised students in South Central and Huntington Park, where she grew up. As the first in her family to go to college, she became interested in learning about educational equity, and went on to complete a Masters in Counseling at CSU Northridge and a predoctoral internship at UC Berkeley. She lived in NorCal for three years while working for the EAOP and Cal-SOAP programs assisting students become college-ready. She returned to SoCal for her doctoral studies at UC Irvine where she graduated from in 2016. When she is not working with students, she enjoys spending time with her two daughters and partner, performing artist Propaganda.

Kevin Guzman

SP Program Coordinator

Kevin Guzman

SP Program Coordinator

Kevin grew up in Southern California where he obtained a B.A. in Asian American Studies at California State University, Northridge. After freelancing with a number of Los Angeles community based organizations, he moved to San Francisco to teach Ethnic Studies and History at Balboa High School. Recognizing the impact of mentorship and college readiness, he transitioned to non-profit youth development where he has worked directly alongside young people to actualize their potential as first generation college students and social agents of change. In his free time, Kevin enjoys traveling to new places and taking his corgi to different dog parks in the Bay Area.

Shay Jones

Senior College Advisor

Shay Jones

Senior College Advisor

(They/Them/Theirs) Shay was born and raised in the midwest, attended the University of Iowa for their undergraduate degree, and began supporting fellow students as a TRiO tutor. After graduation, they moved to Seattle where they worked for two years at Northwest Education Access, supporting students through their GED and into college. Shay then pursued a Masters in Social Work at the University of Washington. While in graduate school, they honed their skills in advocating for students and for their LGBTQ+ community. Upon graduation, they moved to Northern California where they worked at College of the Redwoods CalWORKs, TRiO, and Upward Bound programs. When not working with students, they enjoy hiking with their partner and dog, watching women’s soccer, and eating vegan food.

Anny Stoyan

Senior College Advisor

Anny Stoyan

Senior College Advisor

Anny was born and raised in the Los Angeles area. She was the first in her family to obtain an undergraduate degree from University of California, Riverside majoring in History with a minor in Women Studies. Due to her love of learning and passion to help students thrive, Anny went on to pursue a Master’s in Education in School Counseling from University of Southern California. She has been in the non-profit sector helping students to achieve academic and personal success. Prior to joining ScholarMatch Anny served as a School Director to guide high achieving, first-generation, students of color to gain access into highly-selective colleges. Outside of work, Anny enjoys spending time with her family, discovering new restaurants, and biking along the beach.

Nora Rosales

College Advisor

Nora Rosales

College Advisor

Hi! I’m Nora. I am a first-generation student and the daughter of Mexican immigrants. I was born and raised in the Los Angeles area, but moved with my family to the Central Valley right after my high school graduation. I graduated from CSU Stanislaus with my Bachelor’s in Child Development, and I am back once again at Stan State to earn my Master’s in Counseling. I have worked in higher education and the K-12 school system, and I discovered that my passion was helping first-gen students when I first worked as a mentor for the TRiO program at my university. Outside of work, I love running, going to concerts, and trying out new places to eat!

Destined for College

Lisa Lopez

Director Of College Access

Lisa Lopez

Director Of College Access

Lisa has 17+ years of education and nonprofit leadership, teaching, and project management experience including a record of program design & strategy, managing & coaching teams, and building relationships with key stakeholders. She joined ScholarMatch in 2018 and is the Director of College Access where she oversees the Destination College program team. Prior to joining ScholarMatch Lisa was formerly the Director of College Counseling at KIPP San Francisco College Prep and a College Persistence Manager for KIPP. Lisa is originally from South Central Los Angeles and received their bachelor’s degree in Education from the University of California, Berkeley. Outside of work, Lisa is a performer and dancer and enjoys spending time with her two cats, hiking, and all things related to art, music, and film.

Min-Ling Li

Destination College Programming Lead

Min-Ling Li

Destination College Programming Lead

Min-Ling is a first-generation UC Riverside graduate who grew up In Chinatown, Los Angeles. She joins ScholarMatch specifically on the DC team with more than 10 years of experience as an educator and facilitator. In her previous role, Min-Ling supported the University of Hawai’i TRIO Programs, planning and implementing their academic and career readiness curriculum along with building rapport with key community stakeholders. Min-Ling is a former high school math and science teacher with significant experience in supporting first-generation college bound students and has managed the expansion of STEAM mentorship programs.

Paola Gonzalez

Volunteer Manager

Paola Gonzalez

Volunteer Manager

Paola is a first generation college graduate and cultural worker who is passionate about education and youth development. She graduated from Skidmore College in 2014 with a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and a minor in Studio Art and Intergroup Relations. While at Skidmore, Paola co-facilitated a semester long intergroup dialogue focused on race and social identity and led initiatives focused on migrant rights, education equity, campus climate, and racial justice. Growing up in a low-income, mixed-status home Paola understands firsthand the challenges of navigating the higher education system and is passionate about supporting students on their journey to and through college. As an educator Paola has held the role of Founding Visual Arts Teacher and Teaching Artist where she developed curriculum focused on self-expression, using art as a tool to promote social justice, and art as a source of healing. Outside of ScholarMatch you can find Paola getting her hands dirty inking a new linoblock, watching foreign films and documentaries, or baking.

Dominic Ho

Volunteer Associate, Operations

Dominic Ho

Volunteer Associate, Operations

Dominic was born in Victoria BC, Canada, but spent most of his childhood in Fresno, CA after his parents immigrated to the United States when he was just six years old. As a first-generation college student, Dominic pursued a double degree in Computational Mathematics and Critical Race and Ethnic Studies at UC Santa Cruz. Throughout his time in school, he gained valuable experience by teaching and tutoring mathematics to students in various schools and communities. He also worked at the Asian American/Pacific Islander Resource Center on campus. Now, Dominic is excited to continue supporting students through ScholarMatch. When he’s not helping students, you can find Dominic Spending quality time with his partner and pets, cultivating gourmet and functional mushrooms, or enjoying a good video game.

Sunflower Wilson

Volunteer Coordinator

Sunflower Wilson

Volunteer Coordinator

Sunflower (Sunny for short) is a first-generation college graduate (he/they pronouns). He received his Masters in College Student Services Administration with a focus on Social Justice from Oregon State University and his Bachelors from Armstrong State University. They have experience in academic advising, community health, marketing and so much more. As the Volunteer Coordinator for the DC team they’ll be supporting with coach recruitment and programming. Outside of ScholarMatch, you can catch Sunny hiking, singing karaoke, and reading a good book.

Andrea Azucena Ramos

Volunteer Program Associate, Engagement

Andrea Azucena Ramos

Volunteer Program Associate, Engagement

Andrea (she/her) was born and raised in the Los Angeles area. She is a first-generation college graduate with a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Carleton College. Throughout her college career, Andrea has gained valuable experience working in the President’s Office on IDE related issues and tutoring students in Math and English. After working with students for several years, Andrea discovered her passion to support first-generation students and give back to her community.

Sarahi Cuevas

Volunteer Associate Outreach

Sarahi Cuevas

Volunteer Associate Outreach

Sarahi is a first-generation college graduate from San Jose State University with a BFA in Digital Media. Born and raised in the Bay Area, she is passionate about higher education. With experience in working with volunteers, marketing & communications, and local non-profits in the Bay Area, Sarahi is excited to support students with ScholarMatch. Outside of work, she loves art, coffee, and going to the beach.

Board of Directors

Karen Grace-Baker

Right College Choice

Julie Huang, Ph.D.

Alector, Inc.

Jose Martinez

Stanford University

Luz Gomez

Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth

Terrance R. Mayes, Ed.D.

Stanford University

Alicia Perla, Esq

Sacramento Country Day School

Esteban Rodriguez, Esq

O’Melveny & Myers LLP

Isaac Kim

Lightspeed Venture Partners

Ayanda Magwaza

PricewaterHouseCoopers, LLP

Heather J. McCarty, Ph.D.

Ohlone College

Brandon Wong

Adobe

Steve Bennet

Bodega Partners

Paige DeLacey

HR Consultant

Neha Gupta, Esq.

Harvard Kennedy School

Dr. Gourjoine "G" M. Wade

Texas Lutheran University

Contractors & Consultants

Juliana Sloane

Grant Writer

Sharon Macklin

DEI Consultant, 308 Collective

Jonathan Ho

Data Analyst/IT Contractor
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