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Student Leadership Council

BrandonHernandezPachecoBrandon 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.

DanielleCaranchoDanielle 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.

ElisaSantiagoElisa 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.

ErickBrandonWestErick 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.

JaquayJonesJaquay 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.


Our Team

Max Lubin, CEO

MaxLubinMax 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.

Courtney Yamagiwa, Digital Organizer

CourtneyYamagiwaCourtney Yamagiwa is a student at California State University, Long Beach where she is a double major in Consumer Affairs and German. Courtney is a member of Students for Quality Education, Associated Students Inc. Student Government, Panhellenic Council, and the German Club. She has worked extensively with Students for Quality Education to stop tuition and fee increases for the CSU system and campus specific fees. As a member of Student Government, Courtney is pushing to get more campuses resources, including mental health resources and resources for homeless students. Outside of school Courtney works part-time in the dormitory dining hall. After CSULB Courtney wants to continue organizing around important issues such as higher education. Courtney is originally from Alturas, CA.