Senior Accounting Technician
I am originally from Ethiopia and was fortunate that my parents were able to send me to India for education. Coming from a country that has low opportunities, I am grateful and proud every day to serve this disadvantaged community which reminds me of my background.
Dean, Workforce & Economic Development
As an immigrant Latina from an economically disadvantaged family I offer a unique lens to relate and serve the needs of diverse populations. I am committed to meeting the diverse educational and workforce needs of our region. I firmly believe that by doing so, we can effectively prepare individuals for more prosperous lives.
Ana Rosa Camacho
I learned the value of community involvement at 7 years old. When our village had running water and electricity for the first time in Mexico. Community transformation has fueled my college years and professional career. I’m supporting immigrants and community members achieve their education, employment and economic goals.
I started my career and educational pathway search at the age of 16. My father having passed away several years prior, I quickly concluded that to make it on my own in Silicon Valley I needed to be successful and become financially stable. I obtained my High School diploma and Medical Assisting certification, and then began my job as a Medical Assistant one week later. I love being able to help and empower individuals, so I enrolled at Evergreen Valley College to pursue a Nursing career. There I realized I could not navigate MyWeb or the campus, so I gave up and worked full-time. Shortly after that decision, I found out I was pregnant, and I would be a single mother. I knew securing my degree was important now more than ever, so I enrolled myself into San Jose City College. When I first started college, my goal was to obtain just an AA or AS, but with the support of my instructors, campus resources, including the online systems, learning to navigate the campus, and working here at the Center for Economic Mobility, I will transfer to a four-year university (in 2020).
I am an Executive Assistant at a community college that prides itself on economic mobility. Raised in East San José by a single mother who struggled financially and a current student at Evergreen Valley College I can relate to the majority of our students. I now have a job that can provide for my family, a job that I am proud of, supporting a staff that is making a difference in our community.
Student Retention Assistant
As a Mexican/American mother to two children before the age of 25, I vowed to become an example to my boys to never give up pursuing your dream. While balancing motherhood and working full time I obtained a college degree and followed my heart pursuing a position to be an advocate for children then later for the lower socio-economic community members who aren’t aware of resources available to them. I feel that being a part of the Center for Economic Mobility and SparkPoint at the San José Evergreen Community College District allows me support students and these community members to achieve their financial and educational goals.
Senior Division Administrative Assistant
Born and raised in the Bay Area, I am fortunate to have been exposed to cultural diversity and open-mindedness from a young age. My parents immigrated to the United States from Vietnam, with hope that my sisters and I would have many more opportunities to succeed. After graduating from college, I knew I wanted to work in a field that positively impacted the lives of others.
Business Services Supervisor
As a first-generation immigrant arriving in SFO on the summer of 1991 during a recession in Silicon Valley, finding a job would be a challenge. I was fortunate to land a job in three weeks because of my accounting experience and educational background. I learned that continuous study and preparation is demanded to be professionally relevant. In my field of expertise which is strategic finance; non-financial success factors play critical roles in achieving the triple bottom line focus on financial, social, and environmental considerations.
Dean of College Transitions & Extension Programs
Now more than ever, higher education is the road to wealth creation. My wealth of experience combined with academic and workforce training enabled me to effectively serve low socio-economic adult population of Silicon Valley making equality of opportunity a reality for many.
As a natural compassionate caregiver I have always been drawn to supporting others, even as a young child. I am a life-long learner dedicated to expanding my knowledge in pursuit to support others. Through my experience as a student with a learning disability and achieving my masters in counseling, I have learned how to offer students the suitable encouragement and motivation to achieve their dreams.
Senior Division Administrative Assistant
As a San José native and mom to two teenagers, I have a hometown perspective on what it takes to make our community great. Providing comprehensive administrative support to the South Bay Consortium for Adult Education, I work every day to ensure that more of our families have an opportunity to benefit from the innovation that made this valley famous. I’m passionate about serving adult learners and giving back to San José.
Community Education & Career Development Project Supervisor
My rural upbringing and strong lineage prepared me for becoming a widow and single parent at 27. With family beside me, my entrepreneurial spirit allowed me to spread my educational wings to help people achieve their dreams.
Corporate Account Supervisor
Having spent most of my career in high-tech companies in Silicon Valley. I’m motivated to help others accomplish their dreams to learn the difficulties of new technology. Furthermore, to help our local workforce and community gain these new skills through education and training. It’s exciting to be involved in this organization, and help people improve their quality of life.
I am a product of the American dream coming from a Mexican immigrant family who settled in the central valley as farm laborers turned business owners. Growing up in a small community, and working in the family business, taught me the value of education, tenacity, work ethic and community. At my core -as first-gen college graduate- family, community and lasting impact drive my passion in the work that I do.
William Watson, Ed.D.
Executive Director, Strategic Partnerships & Workforce Innovation
My humble beginnings from poverty in Mississippi were framed by a family history of civil rights activism. I learned that privilege demands service and sacrifice. Now in the San Francisco Bay Area, I use my extensive educational leadership experience and doctoral education to work for a socially just and sustainable democracy through education for all.