Josefina Canchola

Associate Director Education and Community Partnerships

Josefina E. Canchola is an immigrant to the United States. She was born in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. She is a product of the Los Angeles Unified School District, having had attended Hammel Street School and Belvedere Junior High School. Josefina’s family later moved to Whittier, California where she attended Pioneer High School.

Josefina went to the University of California, Riverside. Where she received a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Sociology. She is the first in her family to receive an undergraduate and graduate degrees. She...

Joshua Smith

Office Manager
CEP Admin

A native of San Francisco, Joshua has resided in Berkeley since the late 1980's. A graduate of Berkeley High School 91', upon graduation, he worked in the retail and banking trades before centering his career path in the field administrative support. A field that lead Joshua to his current role as Office Manager, a position he has held since 2015 with CEP. When Joshua is away from the desk he can be found giving back to the community. Joshua currently is a volunteer Board member for San Francisco LGBT Pride as well as a senior volunteer with Burning Man.

Julia Maciel

College Advisor
Pre-College TRiO

Julia Maciel is a Latina educator who was raised in Berkeley, CA where she developed her passion for servicing students in the academia. She was an active member of the Berkeley High Bridge and RISE program where she was provided the proper resources to successfully pursue higher education. As a recent graduate of San Jose State University where studied communication and the sociology of education, she was inspired to make a difference in the community she grew up in. This lead to her active participation as a mentor for the Berkeley High Bridge junior cohort along with attaining a...

Julia Vergara

Executive Director
CEP Leadership

Karina Alvarez

Program Coordinator

Karina Citlaly Alvarez was born and raised in Baldwin Park, CA and received her B.A in Chicano/Chicana Studies with two minors in Education and Social and Ethnic Relations from UC Davis. She has experience with youth in various educational settings such as teacher’s assistant, a summer camp counselor, Registered Behavioral Instructor, a Cultural Programmer in UC Davis' CASA Cuauhtémoc resident hall and even a youth campus intern for at-risk youth in Sydney, Australia. She found her passion for college access and educational equity while she was a student outreach advisor for UC Davis...

Keyanna Hatcher

Associate Director
Pre-College TRiO

Proud native of Inglewood, CA with roots in Birmingham, Alabama, she grew up surrounded by the strength and hard work of Black women who encouraged her to be her best self. She has embodied being well-rounded throughout her lifetime with her commitment to being an athlete and dancer, lifelong learner and active leader in the community. UC Berkeley awakened the educator in her and grew a passion for college preparation and access through her involvement with BRRC and other campus organizations and continues to mentor youth and young professionals across the nation. This is only...

Lakeysha Jones

Program Director
NAF at Berkeley
CEP Leadership

Lakeysha has served UC Berkeley for 7 years, and most recently as the East Contra Costa County Regional Manager for Destination College Advising Corps & Early Academic Outreach Program, a role in which she has supervised 7 College Adviser Fellows; provided training, professional development, and guidance for her staff; and collected, analyzed, and evaluated student enrollment, service, and outcomes through data.

Before her role in CEP, Lakeysha served as an Assistant Director in the Office of Undergraduate Admission at UC Berkeley, where...

Leilt Habte

Assistant Director
Leilt Habte was born and raised in Ethiopia and she immigrated to the United States in her pre-teens. Post her secondary education she was admitted to University of California Berkeley as a Freshman. She was a pre-med student and majored in Interdisciplinary Studies. She eventually earned a Law Degree. She has been an advocate of access, equity, inclusion, and belonging in the field of Education for over 3 decades. She is passionate about increasing access to higher education for all people and has worked tirelessly to foster access in her professional career and personal endeavours. She...

Leonardo Zamora

Program Assistant

Leonardo Zamora is a father of two boys ages 8 and 3 who had been with Puente since 2001. He originally joined Puente Project’s Technical Support until 2009 and had been the Community College’s Program Assistant since. Leonardo is originally from the Philippines whose family migrated here in California in 1986. He is now residing in San Leandro with his wife and kids. In his free time, he enjoys watching movies, sports and taking care of his plants. He is passionate about his work because he enjoys helping and assisting teachers and counselors as he is on with them in believing in...