Our People

Meet the people who are the driving forces behind The California Alliance for Student Parent Success. This network is led by California Competes: Higher Education for a Strong Economy and EdTrust-West with support from an Advisory Committee that includes student parents and other field experts. The Alliance’s diverse membership consists of organizations focused on a range of issues, including basic needs security and poverty elimination, child welfare, civil rights, economic development, health, housing, higher education, and social justice.

The Backbone Organizations and Leads

About California Competes: Higher Education for a Strong Economy

California Competes develops evidence-based solutions to the state’s most critical postsecondary and workforce issues. Through its rigorous research, California Competes guides decision makers in creating and implementing policies that bolster equity so every Californian can engage, contribute, and succeed.

Leads from California Competes:
Su Jin Jez, Ph.D.
Chief Executive Officer
Laura Szabo-Kubitz
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About EdTrust-West

EdTrust-West is committed to advancing policies and practices to dismantle the racial and economic barriers embedded in the California education system. Through research and advocacy, Ed Trust-West improves racial equity in education, engages diverse communities dedicated to education equity and justice, and increases political and public will to build an education system where students of color and multilingual learners, especially those experiencing poverty, will thrive.

Leads from EdTrust-West:
Christopher J. Nellum, Ph.D.
Executive Director
Maya Valree

Advisory Committee

Comprising student parents and field experts, the Advisory Committee provides guidance and expertise to shape and refine our strategies. 

Allie Olson

Executive Director, LIFT-Los Angeles

Elizabeth Lopez

Student Parent, University of California San Diego

Guadulupe “Lupe” Larios

Student Parent, East Los Angeles College

Jessica Lee, J.D.

Director, Pregnant Scholar Initiative, University of California College of the Law, San Francisco

Michaela Martin, J.D.

Student Parent Advocate

Larry Gonzales

Student Parent, California State University, Bakersfield

Tina Cheuk, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Elementary Science Education. California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo


Our membership represents a passionate collective of organizations and individuals dedicated to critical causes, including ensuring basic needs security, eliminating poverty, and advocating for social justice, each playing a pivotal role in shaping brighter futures for student parents and their families.


We extend our heartfelt gratitude to the funders whose support empowers our mission and drives progress.

If you are interested in supporting The Alliance’s work, please contact us.