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Associate Director of College Access, Peninsula Bridge
Nitzya Cuevas-Macias was born and raised in the frontera (borderland) of California and Mexico in the small town of Calexico. She comes from a Mexican family who believes that the power of education paired with the passion for community advocacy will create the change we need to empower our most vulnerable communities. Responsibility for her community was instilled in her work ethic, ideology, and framework when it came to obtaining an education- one that comes from her parents, her nana, and tias. She earned her Bachelor of Arts with a double major in History and Legal Studies from the University of California, Berkeley. While attending UC Berkeley, Nitzya was an active member in the Cal Band, Berkeley Student Cooperative, and was a Cal Student Orientation Leader. Upon graduation amidst the 2008 recession, Nitzya moved back to her hometown where she dedicated her time to working and volunteering in several education-centered and youth development organizations and institutions focused on college advising, coaching basketball, serving in a football booster club, tutoring and mentoring. Moving to San Jose over seven years ago, Nitzya continued to work in programs that advanced youth education and progressed the college attainment of underrepresented students such as after-school and intervention programs to academic advising at De Anza College and college counseling. She became involved with Shop with a Cop: Silicon Valley, the Cal Band Alumni Association, the De Anza Latinx Association, and the Xicanx Graduate Council. Currently, she serves as the Associate Director of College Access at Peninsula Bridge, a community-based organization in the Peninsula that works in supporting motivated first-generation, low-income students in getting into and graduating from college. Nitzya recently finished her Masters degree in Mexican American Studies with an emphasis in Policy from San Jose State University and is an active member of the Western Association for College Admission Counseling, the National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies, and its local chapter, NCal Foco.