Staff

Gina Clayton

Transfer Specialist
CCTS
TAP

Gina Clayton grew up in the Pacific Northwest. During her early childhood she lived in Corvallis, Oregon, home of Oregon State University and later in Eugene where she attended Lane Community College eventually, transferred to the University of Oregon where she studied Mass Communication. Gina loved her undergraduate experience which created a longing to live in a more diverse community. Following her passion, Gina relocated to the Bay Area where she has held positions in public relations and Coroporate Communications as well as higher education, working at Saint Mary’s College...

Gina Saechao

Regional Manager - West County
EAOP
DCAC

Gina is the oldest daughter of Southeast Asian immigrant refugees from Richmond, CA. She is a first-generation college graduate. These intersecting identities have shaped her and her passion for equity in educational access. Gina attended UC Berkeley and received her B.A. in Public Health with a minor in Education (Go Bears!). Following undergrad, she had the privilege of working at San Lorenzo High School as the DCAC/EAOP College Adviser Fellow helping build their college-going culture. She went on to receive her M.S. in Counseling at San Francisco State University, and went back to...

Gizelle Roberson

Middle School Training Coordinator
Puente

Grace Ebron

CC Associate Director
Puente

Hazel Amina

Associate Director of College Advising
Pre-College TRiO
UB
UBMS

A Native Hawaiian from Nānākuli, Hawai’i, and a graduate of Waianae High School. Hazel began her TRIO Journey with the Pre-College TRIO Upward Bound (UB) program from the University of Hawai’i, Mānoa (UHM). She continued on to the Upward Bound Math & Science (UBMS) Program at the University of California, Berkeley (UCB). While at the University of Hawai’i, Mānoa campus, Hazel participated in the TRIO Collegiate program Student Support Services. She was passionate about “making...

Jessica Sanchez

College Advisor
Pre-College TRiO
ETS
Born and raised in East Oakland with roots from Michoacan, Mexico, Jessica is a first-generation college graduate who is a passionate college access advocate and practitioner. Jessica’s first introduction to the field of college access dates back to when she first started her journey with TRIO in 2007. Jessica participated in the Educational Talent Search program and later transitioned to Upward Bound. Her involvement in TRIO significantly shifted her perspective around higher education and success. Jessica continued her education at UC Santa Cruz where she majored in Sociology...

Jessica Thach

Associate Director of Data Analysis and Communications
CEP Leadership
CEP Admin

As an Oakland native, daughter of Southeast Asian refugees, and first-gen college graduate, Jessica is rooted in bridging academic research and community praxis into her role as a college access practitioner-scholar. Jessica’s moment of impact that defined her purpose for this work emerged from being a product of two college access programs and being mentored by Southeast Asian educators. Not only has Jessica supported multiple generations of students from the Bay Area to the Greater Los Angeles Area in the capacities as a college adviser and college writing instructor, she is...

Johnny Leon

Transfer Specialist
CCTS
TAP

Joly Agdinaoay

Office Manager
DCAC
EAOP
CEP Admin

Joly Agdinaoay was born and raised in the Philippines. She finished her education in Manila, Philippines
and moved to United States to follow her siblings. She resides in Contra Costa County. She’s been
working with CEP as an Admin Assistant since 2002 and enjoying her work and love seeing her
colleagues committed and passionate in supporting the students to obtain a higher education and
personal success.
Joly love to spend time with her family and friends and enjoys travelling, cooking and gardening.

Jose Barragan

Regional Coordinator (Solano County Region)
EBSCC
Jose J. Barragan II, was born/raised in Oakland California. He later moved to Solano County and graduated from Sem Yeto High School. He went to Solano Community College and was in a program called Puente. If it wasn’t for that program he would not be the person he is today. He had the opportunity to work for Solano County Educational Consortium (SCEC) CAL-SOAP. He transferred to SFSU where he received his bachelor's degree in Psychology. After graduating, he worked for the Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District. He returned to Cal-SOAP where he was able to mentor and...