A widely respected leader with broad and deep experience in philanthropy and government, Julia I. Lopez began serving as the president and CEO of College Futures Foundation (then known as College Access Foundation of California) in 2008.
Before joining College Futures, Ms. Lopez served as senior vice president of the Rockefeller Foundation. In that leadership role, she provided oversight, management and evaluation of the foundation’s strategic program grantmaking, which awarded an average of $150 million per year. In her earlier work for Rockefeller, she served as director of the foundation’s Working Communities program, addressing urban poverty and education in the United States.
Ms. Lopez has lent her talents to the California Legislature, the New Mexico Department of Criminal Justice, and the Department of Social Services for the City and County of San Francisco where, as general manager, she oversaw programs serving the city’s most disadvantaged residents. She has also served on the Board of Directors of REDF (formerly the Roberts Enterprise Development Fund). Ms. Lopez currently serves as a member of the Statewide Leadership Council of the Public Policy Institute of California and is a member of the board of KQED, a Northern California public media outlet.
She is a graduate of Newton College of the Sacred Heart (now Boston College) and holds a master’s degree in public policy from the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley.
Jane joined the Foundation in January 2015. An independent policy analyst specializing in public policy and postsecondary education in the United States, Jane is an expert in state and federal policy for higher education with particular expertise in changing finances, cost analysis and cost management, institutional governance and change management.
Jane recently directed the work of the Association of Governing Boards National Commission on Higher Education Governance, and served as a senior regional advisor for the Western States (California, Hawaii, Oregon, and Washington) for the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium. She directs a project on institutional research in public postsecondary university systems for the National Association of System Heads (NASH), and is a public commission member of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges Senior Accrediting Commission.
She has held numerous leadership positions in higher education in the nonprofit and government sphere, including the executive director of the National Association of System Heads, the founding director of the Delta Cost Project, vice president for Government Relations for the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, deputy director for the California Postsecondary Education Commission, and staff director of the California Assembly Ways and Means Committee. She received her BA and MA degrees from the University of California at Berkeley.
Jackie joined the Foundation in April 2011. She has held senior positions in philanthropy, investment banking and impact investing – a growing practice where investments are made in companies and organizations working to advance social or environmental goals and generate financial returns.
Previously, Jackie was a managing director at Imprint Capital Advisors, a San Francisco-based firm that provides impact investment advisory services to private, corporate and community foundations. She also served as associate director at the Rockefeller Foundation, director of Employment Programs for the New York City Partnership and vice president in Lehman Brothers’ Public Finance division.
Jackie received her bachelor’s degree from the Haas School of Business, University of California at Berkeley and a master’s degree in Public and Private Management from the Yale School of Management.
Morgan Cole joined the Foundation in January 2015. He is responsible for providing administrative and clerical support to the program department.
Cole brings with him dedication and experience in assisting low-income students in their financial aid and scholarship applications as well as encouraging and aiding their transfers from community college to 4-year colleges.
Prior to joining College Futures Foundation, Cole worked as an editor and proofreader for academic staff at the University of Queensland, helping prepare their academic journal articles for publication. Prior to that, he worked for the University of California Press, the third largest nonprofit university press in the country. As a marketing assistant, he maintained the organization’s awards process. He liaised between authors and the marketing department to ensure requirements and deadlines for submission were met, no potential awards were overlooked, and authors’ exposure to the interested public was maximized.
Cole holds a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature with a minor in Creative Writing from the University of California, Berkeley.
Jessica Eting joined College Futures Foundation in May, 2013. Driven by her own experiences, Jessica is committed to increasing opportunities in low income communities and she brings with her 6 years of experience working with nonprofits and philanthropy.
Prior to joining the Foundation, Jessica served as a Program Manager at ZeroDivide, a nonprofit focused on increasing opportunities in underserved communities by leveraging the power of technology. She is a Certified Salesforce Administrator with several years of experience as a Salesforce administrator and in the implementation of Salesforce for nonprofits and small businesses.
Jessica holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Economy of Industrial Societies and in Ethnic Studies from the University of California, Berkeley.
George Agustin Markarian joined the Foundation in February 2016.
A member of the program staff, George has over four years of experience advocating for college success and affordability in California and nationally. Most recently, he worked as a policy coordinator and organizer for The Campaign for Free College Tuition, a non-profit dedicated to making undergraduate public higher education free across the country. Previously, he served as a student senator for the Student Senate for California Community Colleges, the state-wide student government, as well as vice president of his local student government, where he advocated for increased resources in student services, higher enrollment targets, and more streamlined transfers to four-year institutions. George also brings to his current role administrative and clerical experience garnered as a former legal assistant for Bryan Schwartz Law, a civil rights-orientated employment law firm, and as house manager for the Berkeley Student Cooperative.
George is a Young People For Fellow, Roosevelt Institute Fellow, and Phi Theta Kappa Scholar.
George transferred from Los Angeles Valley College to the University of California, Berkeley where he graduated with distinctions as a political science major and public policy minor in 2015.
Claudia joined the Foundation program staff in September 2014. As Senior Program Officer, she plays a lead role in the strategy development, planning, and oversight of grants with a focus on the Foundation’s Expanding Access to Financial Aid area of work.
Claudia has dedicated her professional life to partnering with innovative organizations to transform the lives of underserved children and families. Her guiding belief is that a quality education is a fundamental right that enables youth to live their adult lives with dignity. Most recently, she managed COS Consulting where she leveraged her expertise to expand organizations’ capacity through a wide range of services, including strategic planning, major initiative implementation, coaching, and change management.
Claudia has previously worked as a Senior Program Officer for several large family and corporate foundations. In her role, she coached and guided grantees through the grant development process in order to make a winning case for private investment and to help grantees understand the decision-making processes at family and corporate foundations. Claudia has also held different roles with school districts and nonprofits across the country to design and implement strategic educational reforms.
Claudia holds a Master of Education from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education and a Bachelor of Arts in history and Bachelor of Arts in ethnic studies from the University of California, Berkeley. She is also a graduate of Coro Eastern Center Fellows Program.
Joanna Saracino joined the Foundation in June 2012. With several years of experience in San Francisco schools and nonprofit educational organizations, Joanna is committed to improving the lives of low income youth through increased opportunities for college. Prior to joining the Foundation, she was a high school Special Education and English teacher in San Francisco. She also brings with her experience in the legal field, primarily tax and employment law and in legal publishing. Joanna currently volunteers with various literacy programs and community-based organizations dedicated to improving educational outcomes for low-income youth in San Francisco.
Joanna holds a master’s degree in Education from the University of San Francisco and a bachelor’s degree in English Literature from the University of California, Berkeley.
Shawn joined the College Futures Foundation in September, 2015. As Senior Program Officer, he plays a lead role in strategy development, planning, and oversight of the Foundation’s grants related to higher education attainment.
Shawn has extensive experience in higher education as both a faculty member and university administrator. Prior to joining the Foundation, he held the position of chief of staff to the President of San Francisco State University, where he served as a member of the senior leadership team, advised the president on academic policy, student achievement, and strategic planning, and facilitated institutional partnerships.
Shawn is Professor Emeritus of Communication Studies at San Francisco State University. As a faculty member, he was active in university governance and served three terms as the Chair of the Academic Senate. He also directed nationally ranked speech and debate programs at two institutions and is a past president of intercollegiate debate’s national governing body, the Cross Examination Debate Association.
Shawn received his B.A. and M.A. degrees from San Diego State University and completed Ph.D. coursework at the University of Utah.
Regan joined the Foundation in 2013. Regan leads communications efforts related to College Futures Foundation (formerly College Access Foundation of California) and its work, including communications strategy development, messaging, publications, web content, campaigns, and special initiatives. She has more than ten years of experience as an editor, writer, researcher, and campaign and project manager.
Previously, Regan led communications efforts for Cal Humanities, a state partner of the NEH that funds and works with California’s libraries, universities, teachers, and artists to promote lifelong learning. She managed Cal Humanities’ rebranding campaign, which included developing and launching a new visual identity, websites, and publications.
Prior to that, Regan served as Production Manager and Communications Associate at PolicyLink—a public policy think tank focused on equity and opportunity for low-income communities and people of color. While there she edited, produced, and contributed to dozens of publications and was a co-author of The Covenant with Black America, which topped the New York Times Best Seller list.
Regan has provided communications consulting services to numerous clients working for a healthier and more just California, including The California Endowment, UC Berkeley’s Chief Justice Warren Institute, ZeroDivide, PolicyLink, World Learning, and the Bay Area Leadership Network of Color. She has also taught writing and literature at the college level, headed a women’s resource center, edited two major literary journals, served as board member for a consortium of publications, and run communications trainings for institutions of all sizes.
Regan graduated Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude from Pomona College with a BA in English and holds an MFA in Creative Writing from George Mason University.
Kendall joined the foundation in April 2016. She has 15 years of experience advising philanthropy & nonprofit leaders on strategic, systemic approaches to social change. She designs practical measurement and evaluation systems that provide foundation staff and partners with timely feedback and learning to inform decisions around strategic focus, program improvement and scaling success. She loves helping change leaders refine their theory of change, surface assumptions and identify creative ways to gather data and their own collective wisdom to strengthen their work.
Kendall brings to this role extensive knowledge of the programs, policies, and stakeholders that are improving college access and success for low-income and first-generation students. She came to College Futures from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, where she led the Measurement, Learning, and Evaluation team for the Postsecondary Success strategy. She also worked on the Gates Foundation’s College Ready Strategy, which focused on helping more students graduate from high school college and career ready.
Prior to that, Kendall worked as a management and evaluation consultant to foundations of all sizes. She also spent a number of years advising human services providers and local governments how to use telecommunication for organizing, advocacy and improved delivery of local government services.
Kendall holds a B.A. from Duke University and a Ph.D. from the Annenberg School of Communications at the University of Southern California.
Orville joined the College Futures staff in April 2015. As Senior Policy & Research Officer, he will play a lead role in improving data access, understanding, and application by target audiences working in the field of college access and success. Orville is an education researcher with more than 10 years of experience using research and analytical tools to develop actionable insights.
Prior to joining the foundation, Orville was a Senior Research Analyst at the Education Trust-West, where he conducted research and advocated for policies to boost educational achievement and close opportunity gaps impacting students of color and students in poverty in California schools. In previous roles he has consulted on strategic planning and analytics projects for global foundations and nonprofit organizations, conducted research on nonprofit measurement and evaluation, and developed systems to support data-driven instruction in K-12 schools.
Orville is a first-generation college graduate and earned his A.A. from Cypress College, a B.A. in Psychology from UC Berkeley, and his Ph.D. from Harvard University.
Jumin Kim joined the College Futures Foundation program staff in March 2010.
With several years of experience in Bay Area nonprofit organizations, Jumin brings valuable skills and a commitment to improving the lives of low income youth. She also brings extensive research training to support the Foundation’s efforts to build evidence on the impact of scholarships in increasing college access and completion.
Most recently, Jumin was director of alumni relations for Summer Search, a national youth leadership development organization, where she helped develop an academic success and civic engagement program for a diverse community of students. She also served as director of administration at Coleman Advocates for Children and Youth, a San Francisco-based advocacy organization.
Jumin earned her B.A. in Communication at the University of Pennsylvania and her M.S.W. at the Columbia University School of Social Work.
Joanne Lacsina joined the College Futures Foundation staff in July 2012. Prior to joining the Foundation, Joanne worked as a research associate intern at the American Institutes for Research. She brings skills in designing and developing evaluations of education programs and improvement initiatives and has most recently contributed to a nationwide evaluation of School Improvement Grants. Joanne also brings experience managing afterschool programs for urban youth in Los Angeles, CA and Chicago, IL. Joanne is passionate about research-driven best practices in direct service and broad scale impact initiatives.
Joanne was a Dean’s Scholar, Leadership in Chicago Fellow, and Experiential Learning Fellow of the University of Chicago, Harris School of Public Policy Studies. She is also a 2007 Public Policy and International Affairs alumna of Carnegie Mellon University, Heinz School of Public Policy and Management. Joanne earned her bachelor’s degree in Public Health and Education from the University of California, Berkeley and her master’s degree in Public Policy from the University of Chicago.
Lauren joined the Foundation’s Evaluation & Learning Team in November 2015. She is a non-profit researcher dedicated to improving educational outcomes for under-resourced and underrepresented communities.
Lauren originally hails from the Bay Area, but lived out of state (and country) for 10 years prior to returning in 2014. She most recently left Austin, Texas where she worked for a non-profit that provides low-cost broadband to community anchor institutions across Central Texas. She has worked at a variety of impact-driven organizations as a researcher and community outreach specialist, focusing on projects to improve access to education and technology resources.
She completed a Master’s in global policy studies at the University of Texas, Austin, and spent a semester studying and working at CIDE, an economics research institute in Mexico City. She is a proud graduate of Oberlin College and serves on the Alumni Leadership Council as the co-chair of the Latino Alumni Association.
Phillippe joined College Futures in January 2010. He oversees the Foundation’s $480 million investment portfolio as well as finance, accounting, information technology, facilities and non-grantmaking operations. He brings twenty years of experience in foundation and investment management, technology, and corporate finance.
Previously, Phillippe was the Senior Vice President and Chief Financial and Operating Officer of ZeroDivide, a public foundation focused on technology access, where he had served since 2003. Prior to that, Phillippe held senior roles in private equity & technology investment banking.
Phillippe has an M.B.A. in Strategy and Finance from the University of California at Berkeley, where he was a Consortium for Graduate Studies in Management Fellow. He received his B.A. from Harvard College and has a Chartered Financial Analyst designation from the CFA Institute.
Stefanie joined the Foundation in 2011. Prior to officially joining, Stefanie supported the Foundation’s work in several capacities: from grantee selection and administration to event coordination for the Foundation’s annual grantee convenings in 2010 and 2011. Before this, she was the Youth and Scholarship Program Coordinator at Habitat for Humanity East Bay – a three-year pilot scholarship and college access/success program for the children of Habitat homeowners.
Stefanie’s interests and work experiences are informed by a desire to foster effective systems and happy people. From writing a behind-the-scenes column for the San Francisco International Film Festival, teaching college-level English and writing, and crewing for private yachts in the Mediterranean to co-managing a domestic violence shelter, recruiting and managing IBM’s contracted administrative workforce in Northern California, and offering administrative and organizational support to small businesses as an independent consultant – she brings a creative touch to effect meaningful change and support sustainable business practices.
Stefanie earned her BA in American Studies and Women’s Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Krysten joined College Futures Foundation in August, 2010 after six years in the public accounting and consulting sector.
She started her career at PricewaterhouseCoopers in 2004. Krysten also worked in her hometown of San Luis Obispo for Glenn Burdette Phillips & Bryson, a small regional firm, where she was exposed to myriad client types and industries.
Prior to the Foundation, she worked at Burr Pilger & Mayer in San Francisco, with a specialized interest in the nonprofit industry.
Krysten has her B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo.
David Guzman has over 13 years in consumer lending with institutions in Utah and California. David’s background includes positions with commercial banks as well as credit unions, and in such areas as mortgage lending, credit and fraud detection and defaulted loan collections. David joined Chela Education Financing in 2000 and is now with College Futures Foundation managing the remaining loan portfolio.
Aileen Lui has more than 23 years of banking experience in domestic and international departments. Aileen joined Chela Education Financing’s accounting department in 2002, and is now with College Futures Foundation.
Mark Terrell has more than 15 years of experience in accounting and administration. He has worked for a variety of businesses including architecture firms, hotel & restaurant management, banking and nonprofits. Mark joined Chela Education Financing’s accounting department in 2000 and is now with College Futures Foundation.