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Student Leadership Council
Brandon Hernandez Pacheco is a rising first year student at the University of California, San Diego where he plans to major in Biomedical Engineering. A recent graduate of Moreno Valley High School, Brandon was a member of the National Honors Society, and served as a student mentor for the Families for College Program. Brandon is passionate about supporting other students, and continues to serve as a mentor for students with a focus on supporting English Language Learners. After college, Brandon plans to work in medical research. Brandon is originally from Guatemala, and grew up in Riverside, California.
Danielle Carancho is a student at California State University, Long Beach where she is pursuing dual degrees in Political Science and Policy and Communication Studies. Danielle is a member of the Associated Student Incorporation where she serves on the Board of Directors and as a Senator-at-Large representing and advocating on behalf of the 37,000 student body population that attends Long Beach State. Previously, Danielle worked on campaigns supporting Measures A & B to invest more in Long Beach’s infrastructure and 911 paramedic response times, and has dedicated her time as an Inspector and Poll Worker. After Long Beach, Danielle aspires to continue her education postgrad and go on to pursue a Ph.D. in the field of Political Science, specifically focusing on American Government. Danielle is originally from Carson, California.
Elisa Santiago is a student at the University of California, Santa Cruz where she studies Political Science. Elisa has served as a youth commissioner for 4 years in her hometown, where she advocates on behalf of her peers across a number of public policies and programs. Outside of school and her advocacy work, Elisa works at a local cupcake shop where she frosts cupcakes and works closely with the owner of the shop in order to help pay for college. After completing her studies at Santa Cruz, Elisa aspires to continue working with local city governments to invest in communities, and create better places for their inhabitants. Elisa is originally from Paso Robles, California.
Erick Brandon West is a student at California State University, Los Angeles where he is pursuing a Master’s degree in Education Research and Evaluation with a concentration on social justice. Erick is a graduate data researcher for the Los Angeles Urban Teacher Residency, a program within the College of Education at Cal State Los Angeles, where he focuses on social justice and program. Previously, Erick worked with students as a student assistant for the Cross Cultural Centers, Resident Advisor, Mailroom Clerk and Student Team Lead for summer conference at Cal State Los Angeles. After Erick completes his Master’s degree, he will be pursue Ph.D. programs in Education Higher Administration and Educational Psychology. Erick is originally from South Central Los Angeles, California.
Jaquay Jones is a first year student at the University of California, Berkeley where she plans to study political science. Jaquay is an activist and youth advocate from South Central, Los Angeles where she has organized with the Community Coalition of South Los Angeles, a nonprofit organization that empowers people to transform their communities. Jaquay is passionate about advocating and organizing on issues of equity and uplifting people and their communities. After graduation, Jaquay plans to pursue a career as a civil rights attorney.
Max Lubin, CEO
Max Lubin is the CEO of Rise, Inc. a graduate student at the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley, and a former Obama Administration appointee at the U.S. Department of Education. At the U.S. Department of Education, Max helped shape more than $1 billion in annual investments in innovative schools, nonprofit organizations, and institutions of higher education nationwide. Previously, Max worked on local, state, and national electoral and advocacy campaigns focused on advancing equity and opportunity. Max is originally from Los Angeles, CA.
Student Organizing Fellows
Brenda Salas is a second year student at the University of California, Merced. She is passionate about learning about how social issues affect her community, and advocating for solutions that advance social justice. Growing up in a low-income neighborhood with few resources inspired her to pursue sociology as a major to learn new skills to improve education, healthcare, and society more broadly.
Courtney Yamagiwa is a student at California State University, Long Beach where she is a double major in Consumer Affairs and German. As a member of Student Government, Courtney is pushing to get more campuses resources, including mental health resources and resources for homeless students. After CSULB Courtney wants to continue organizing around important issues such as higher education.
Emelia Martinez is a second year student at the University of California, Riverside. She is a double major in Political Science and Computer Science. Emelia is a member of the Associated Students of University of California Riverside, and the Communications Director for the College Democrats at UCR. She is currently working with the Mayor of the City of Pomona to form a Youth Advisory Commission in order to increase the involvement of high school students in local politics.
Ernesto Tamayo is a student at the City College of Alameda majoring in psychology with a specific interest in sociology. Ernesto is passionate about building community to make a positive impact as well as bringing his passion for film, music, and philosophy to his work. Ernesto is excited to join team Rise to build new bridges for social change for more students in California.
Gerardo Torres is a student at Merritt College studying computer science and software engineering with a specific focus on programming. Gerardo is passionate about free college tuition, and dreams of opening a school for to teach students from low-income backgrounds how to code and become computer programmers. Gerardo is originally from San Salvador, El Savador and has lived in the United States since he was 10 years old.
Michael Robinson is a second year student at the University of California, Merced majoring in Human Biology. Michael is passionate about empowering students to shape their educational experiences, and is excited to work with Rise to provide a voice for fellow college students. Michael is originally from San Francisco, California, and loves food, new experiences, and traveling.
Randolph Brooks is a student at the California State University, East Bay studying Recreation Management. Randy is passionate about building community through sports and recreation, and is excited to bring his interests to organizing fellow students with Rise California. Born and raised in Oakland, California, Randy’s favorite sport is basketball and his favorite food is pizza.
Samaria Bernales is a second year student at the University of California, Merced majoring in Management, Business and Economics. Samaria believes strongly in the power of advocacy and movements that empower students, and is excited to bring the Rise Organizing Fellowship to her campus. Samaria is originally from the Bay Area, and her hobbies include art and going to the beach.
Susana Celis is a student at the University of California, Berkeley pursuing a degree in Film and Media studies. Susana is motivated to use her degree to make the expand diversity in the entertainment industry in order to tell more representative stories about people and their communities. Susana has organized with groups focused on educational equity, and is excited to bring her experiences to Rise.
Bulmaro (“Boomer”) Vicente is a recent graduate of the University of California, Berkeley and Rise’s California’s new Organizing Manager. Boomer graduated from Cal with a major in Political Science and a minor in Public Policy. During his time as an undergraduate, Boomer served as a Senator in student government and focused on issues relating to accessible education, housing, and policing. Boomer looks forward to continuing his fight for free college education for all by supporting Rise’s Student Organizing Fellows.