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Michele Siqueiros

President, Campaign for College Opportunity

Michele Siqueiros grew up in Los Angeles and was the first in her family to graduate from college thanks to federal, state, and college financial aid. As the daughter of a hard-working immigrant mother, she is passionate about the power of college to change lives, and the ability of policy making to expand or constrain college opportunity for others. As the President for The Campaign for College Opportunity, Michele 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. The Campaign’s mission to increase college going and completion rates is driven by a strong belief that California’s future economic success depends on our ability to produce the best educated workforce in the nation and that our diverse population of young adults deserve the same opportunity provided to previous generations – regardless of race or socio-economic status. Michele currently serves on the Boards of the Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP), the EdSource Advisory Council, the Alliance for a Better Community (ABC) and is a member of the Statewide Leadership Council for the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC). From 2011-14 Michele served as a gubernatorial appointee to the California Student Aid Commission, the state agency responsible for distributing and awarding over $2 billion annually in Cal Grant aid to California college students. Michele graduated from Pitzer College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Studies with Honors in Chicano/a Studies. She received her Master of Arts in Urban Planning from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). She lives in the City of Los Angeles.

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