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The Puente Project Advisory Board


Luis Chavez

Senior Director

Career Ladders Project

Vice Chair

Frances E. Contreras, Ph.D.

Dean and Professor for the School of Education

UC Irvine

Yvette M. Flores, M.ed.

Interim Assistant Vice Chancellor for Educational Partnerships

UC Berkeley

Angélica Garcia, Ed.D.


Berkeley City College


Paul M. Loya, J.D.


Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud, and Romo


José Moreno, Ed.D.

Associate Professor, Latino Education and Policy Studies

California State University, Long Beach


Mike Muñoz, Ed.D.


Long Beach City College

Robert J. Nava, J.D.

Vice President & Executive Director for Philanthropic Foundation

California State University, San Bernardino

Lizette Navarette, Ed.D.

Interim Deputy Chancellor of California Community Colleges


Ron Polk


James Logan High School

Cindy Quiralte

Policy Advisor to State Superintendent of Public Instruction

California Department of Education

Francisco C. Rodriguez, Ph.D.

Chancellor, Los Angeles Community College District

Jane Allsopp

Retired, Co-Executive Director

Puente Project

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"I am so proud to have been nominated and elected as Chair for the Puente Project State Advisory Board. The Puente Project represents a legacy deeply embedded in community leadership and service to help ensure all student participants reach their goals. It is my heartfelt honor to have the opportunity to share what I have learned after working within the Puente familia and in the broader education community on multiple large scale initiatives for many years.  In my new stewardship role, I look forward to helping Puente expand into its next stage along with fellow board members, the many hard working Puente state leaders, high school and community college faculty, staff, mentors, administrators and other key stakeholders who have supported the project for nearly 40 years! 

Adelante and Si Se Puede!   
Luis Chavez   

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