Our Team

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Frank Ramirez

Executive Director

Frank has dedicated over 15 years to promoting college access in the Central Valley. He brings a wealth of knowledge into the organization due to his experience working at CSU, Bakersfield as a Financial Aid Counselor; UC Merced as Admissions Coordinator; and founding board member of Y2LEF. Being born, raised and educated in the Central Valley brings a personal connection with the community and commitment to helping students reach their higher education goals.

email: framirez@y2lef.org

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Jasmine Padilla

Assistant Director

Jasmine attended California State University, Bakersfield, earning both undergraduate and graduate degree in Business and Public Administration (2009) and Educational Counseling, emphasis in Student Affairs (2012). Raised in a single-family home and the oldest of three. Credits majority of professional and personal success to parents, especially her mother.

email: jpadilla@y2lef.org

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Lupe Avila

Program Coordinator

Lupe graduated from CSU Bakersfield with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature and a Masters degree in Educational Counseling with an emphasis in Student Affairs. She is highly experienced in working with a diverse population of students and parents, specifically with the migrant population and Spanish speaking communities. As a first generation college student herself. Lupe is a strong advocate for higher education and her hopes and aspirations include: to continue helping students in their educational journey to achieve their academic and career goals. "Education brings about opportunity, and in turn inspiration.

email: lavila@y2lef.org

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Maria Moreno

Program Coordinator

Maria attended Bakersfield College, then transferred to UC Irvine, where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology with a minor in Education. After coming back to the Central Valley, she attended CSU Bakersfield, where she earned a master’s degree in Educational Counseling. She has previous experience working as a counseling intern and advisor in both high school and colleges around Kern County. Maria is passionate about helping students reach their fullest potential and reach their educational goals.

email: mmoreno@y2lef.org

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Veronica Vega

Youth Investment Coordinator

Veronica is a first generation university graduate. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in Sociology with a minor in Criminal Justice at CSU Bakersfield. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Educational Counseling, with an emphasis in Student Affairs. As a member of Y2L, Veronica will be providing various supplemental enrichment workshops to our community’s foster youth students in helping them for their future to pursue a higher education and/or go into the workforce.

email: vvega@y2lef.org

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Jorge A. Aguilar

Designer & Front-end Developer

Jorge is actively involved in all aspects of design and technology on the Y2L foundation's portal, he brings his notable experience and knowledge across all disciplines from the visual design to the front-end architecture. Jorge’s specialties include web development, content management system, UI/UX design, advertising, programming, and search optimization.

email: jorgeaguilarc90@gmail.com

Team Member

Eleazar Gutierrez

Public Policy & Government Relations Manager

Eleazar is the Public Policy and Government Relations Manager at Y2L. Currently, Eleazar is working in Washington D.C. promoting different matters in access to higher education. Eleazar regularly shares internship and scholarship opportunities for Kern County students. Eleazar is a graduate of Arvin High School and CSU Bakersfield.


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Cristal Mondragon

CSU Bakersfield
Art Major
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Cornelio Martinez

Bakersfield College
Aerospace Engineering
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