Angélica is a Senior Policy Associate at The Institute for College Access and Success (TICAS), where she has continued to support TICAS’ federal policy team in implementing and developing strategies for achieving a wide range of policy goals related to equity, affordability, and accountability in higher education.
As a first-generation daughter of immigrant Mexican parents, Angélica’s personal and professional mission is to improve college access and completion for all students, especially, first-generation students of color, all with a primary focus on advancing racial and economic equity in higher education.
Before joining TICAS, Angélica led the design and implementation of teaching fellowships, including applicant selection and final evaluation of capstone projects implemented in classrooms, impacting over 500 K-8 students in Philadelphia public schools with the Philadelphia Education Fund’s McKinney Center for STEM Education. During that time she also conducted evaluation of STEM programming to make recommendations to increase recruitment and retention of Black and Latinx teachers for future educational training programs. Before this, she worked as a Program Lead with the San Diego County YMCA where she helped develop and implement new outreach STEM, collegebound, and leadership programs at middle schools in the Greater San Diego school district to close achievement gaps and promote student success. She has also worked with UC San Diego’s Academic Integrity Office to promote and support a culture of academic integrity in order to reinforce quality teaching and learning at UC San Diego, educating students on integrity (academic & professional) and ethical decision-making and working with other campus leaders (students, faculty, and staff) to promote and support integrity throughout campus.
Originally from Palm Springs, California, Angélica holds a double Bachelor’s in Political Science and Ethnic Studies and a Master’s degree focused on Education Policy from the University of Pennsylvania. She is currently also a doctoral student studying Educational Leadership and Management focused on Education Policy at Drexel University.