Staff

Paula Silva

CC Instructor Coordinator
Puente
Paula Silva is a training coordinator for The Puente Project where she imagines, plans and implements culturally responsive professional development for community college faculty with the intent of creating more humane and equitable educational spaces for underrepresented students. Prior to joining the Puente team, she taught English in California Community Colleges for 13 years, including serving as a Puente instructor and co-coordinator. Paula is a first-generation college student, queer Chicana who found her own voice in a community college Puente classroom at...

Precious Ward

Regional Manager - Eas San Jose
DCAC
EAOP

Precious is an Oakland native and a first-generation college graduate. She earned her BA in Business Management from UC Santa Cruz, a Master’s in Public Administration from New York University, and she is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Psychology from California Southern University. Professionally, Precious has been dedicated to providing direct services to under-resourced, underrepresented, marginalized, and at-risk youth from diverse backgrounds for over 15 years. Her personal experiences, coupled with her involvement with several college access programs, ignited...

Rosendo "Rick" Luna

Institutional Data Analyst
Puente

Sumi Godfrey Wong

Interim Co-Director
DCAC
EAOP
CEP Leadership

Sumi was born in Oakland and raised in Richmond and finds passion and strength in her family’s resilience and history; her father grew up sharecropping in Louisiana during the 1930s and her grandparents were sent to internment camps during World War II. She attended K-12 public schools in Richmond and received her B.A. in Black Studies and Global Peace and Security from UC Santa Barbara and a Master’s in Bilingual Multicultural Education from Sacramento State University. She is passionate about educational justice and is committed to making higher education a reality for low-income,...

Synta Bogan

Director of Finance, Operations and Strategic Planning
CEP Leadership
CEP Admin

Originally from Silicon Valley, Synta was a first-generation, transfer student from Foothill College that re-entered UC Berkeley to obtain her multidisciplinary degree in American Studies: Sociology, African-American Studies & Education. After working in various private industries - computer tech, banking, construction - Synta found that working with not-for-profit institutions was a better fit for her interests and education. Synta became a UCOP admin assistant in 2009 for MESA, transferred to UCB as a project/policy analyst in 2012 with PUENTE, and uses her accounting and...

Tanzania Jimmerson

College Advisor
Pre-College TRiO
ETS

Tanzania is from East Oakland, CA. She moved to Portland, OR, where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Lewis and Clark College on a full-ride academic scholarship. In college, Tanzania was a member of the Black Student Union for four years, and of those four years, she was the Black Student Union’s president for one year. While in Portland, she volunteered at high schools in the Portland Metro Area. She realized that her calling was helping low-income students of color get into college during her volunteer work and being a product of a college access program. She saw many...

Teresa Ramirez

Associate Director (Solano County Region)
EBSCC

Teresa Ramirez is a proud Mexicana/Latinx woman who immigrated to the United States from Mexico at eight years old. She grew up in the Bay Area and was fortunate enough to be a part of a college access program that provided her with resources, guidance, and mentorship to obtain her goal of attending college and graduating from CSU Chico with a BA in Psychology and Spanish. Teresa experienced firsthand the challenges that many first-generation, low-income immigrant students face on their journey to and through college. Through her personal experiences and involvement with...

Theresa Vidaurri

Associate Director of College Access
DCAC
EAOP

Theresa was born and raised in San Antonio, TX, and attended college at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she earned a BA in History & Afro-American Studies. She became a student organizer when realizing the racism her and other students of color faced in the classroom as well as in the streets of Madison, WI. It was through this experience that she became more politically conscious and committed to rooting herself in the demand for justice.Theresa moved to Oakland 18 years ago where she initially worked as a youth organizer for a...

Tiffany Dobson

College Advisor
Pre-College TRiO
ETS