Juan Sanchez

Executive Director

Juan Sanchez is a Professor of English at UCLA and a former President's Postdoctoral Fellow at UC Berkeley. Since receiving his Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame in 2006, Juan has become an accomplished academic, publishing essays in book collections, journals, and other publishing venues. With extensive experience in education, including teaching lower- and upper-division college courses and SAT and GRE test preparation, Juan is most importantly an inspired educator with a proven track record for success.

Evelyn Boria_Rivera


Evelyn Boria-Rivera earned her Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame in 2008 and is now serving as a three-year postdoctoral fellow at UCLA in the department of English. After teaching at New York University (NYU) in 2007 as a visiting scholar, Evelyn was selected for a one year fellowship at the Chicana/Latina Research Center at UC Davis. As a teacher, Evelyn has served as a guest lecturer in the Boston and Amherst areas and taught a number of courses at Emerson College, University of Notre Dame, and NYU.

Madison Gaynor

Academic Coordinator

Jordan Below is a recent graduate of UC Davis where she studied international agricultural development. As an undergraduate student she was able to learn about disparities in opportunity among communities, as well as about the roles of natural environments in urban settings. She is happy to be back home in Oakland to assist in providing educational resources to young people of the Bay Area.