An exemplary educator with rich and varied experiences, Miya is a trailblazer in the educational field. After graduating from UC Berkeley with a major in Spanish, Miya taught in rural Texas as one of the first Teach for America participants. Along the way she obtained her Masters in Education from Stanford University in bilingual education and instructional technology and returned to UC Berkeley to dive into college access. In her almost 14 years with the University, Miya has honed expertise in working with schools and districts (locally and across the state) in developing, promoting and sustaining college-going culture to support all students in their post-secondary choices. Specifically, this work involves curriculum and course development for a-g approval, and teacher/counselor training. She has continued to break new ground working with major districts and organizations in California as well as at the university level to develop and implement policies and practices to support for African American students to and through post-secondary institutions.