Our Board & Staff

Meet our talented, passionate and dedicated team. Our Board consists of prominent community leaders who make our mission possible.

Our Staff bring the expertise, and dedication to help our students, exceed expectations. 


Jose Angel Cruz

Chief Executive Officer

Sara Boquin

Chief Operations Officer

Cristina Aguirre

Chief Programs Officer

Cecilia Carbajal Chavez

Upward Bound Director

Zainab Salih

El Cajon Site Manager

Lisa Santa Cruz

Promise Neighborhoods Director

James (Jim) Craven

High School Program Tutor

Katherine Doering

Executive Assistant/Grants Specialist

Denise Duarte

MSP/HSP Assistant

Nadia Fonseca

Chula Vista Site Specialist

Alejandra Fuentes

SDPN College Coach

Rodolfo (Rudy) Garcia

SDPN Lead Tutor

Natalie Ibanez

SDPN Tutor

Evelyn Olivares

Chula Vista Site Assistant

Karla Peraza

Elementary School Specialist

Yulvi Reyes

Elementary School Program Assistant

Nahuacalli Romo-Lara

El Cajon Soccer Coordinator

Valeria Rosas

Instructional Advisor - BLCI Upward Bound

Krystal Salas

College and Career Success Program Assistant

David Salazar

Academic Mentor – BLCI Upward Bound

Angela Torres

High School Program Tutor

Kevin Urzua

Middle School Specialist

Olimpia Vázquez Ojeda

Upward Bound Program Coordinator

Beatriz Velez

Barrio Logan Site Assistant

Francisco Villa Soto

Barrio Logan On-site Security Guard

Julian Villalvazo

High School Specialist

Karla Zuniga

College and Career Success Specialist