Policy and Program Director, Success Center, Foundation for the California Community Colleges

Nadia Leal-Carrillo is the Statewide Policy and Program Director of the Success Center at the Foundation for the California Community Colleges. In this role, she leads a team of talented policy specialists in identifying statutory and regulatory barriers to student success and providing research capacity on legislative and budget proposals to the California Community College Chancellor’s Office. Nadia was born in Puebla, Mexico and immigrated to East Los Angeles California, at a young age. As a first-generation immigrant college student, she has dedicated her career to gaining expertise and advancing policies to improve student access to educational opportunities. Nadia’s work in advancing education policies that provide social and economic opportunities for underrepresented students began in the State Capitol in 2002 when she was selected to the California Senate Fellows Program. She later served as Legislative Director to Senator Denise Moreno Ducheny, Chair of the Senate Budget Committee. Prior to joining the Foundation for the California Community Colleges, Nadia was the Legislative Director of Academic Affairs in the State Governmental Relations Office for the University of California, Office of the President. Nadia is a proud mother of two daughters. She received her B.A in Urban Studies and Planning from the University of California at San Diego, and her MPA from the University of Southern California.