Born in Morelos, Mexico, Nayeli was 12 when she arrived in the United States with her mother and little sister. In 2006, she graduated from San Rafael High School. Afterwards, she attended College of Marin for three years and later transferred to U.C. Berkeley where she earned a Bachelor's degree in Latin American Studies. A Mexican immigrant and first generation college graduate, Nayeli deeply understands the particular needs of our students. She aspires to continue her education in graduate school and plans to earn a Masters degree in Education which will help her bring a deeper understanding of immigrants' necessities to her community.
Nayeli is the College and Career Coordinator at Canal Alliance. She provides support and guidance to more than 30 college students. In addition she works with middle and high school students in the Youth Scholarship Program which provides them with academic support to ensure they attend and graduate from college. Nayeli administers Canal Alliance's scholarship program which awards more than $50,000 a year in scholarships to full and part-time, first generation college students. Nayeli hopes to encourage and support our students to not only enroll in college and graduate with a degree, but also to become agents for social change in their communities. Nayeli enjoys cooking and spending time in the great outdoors in her free time.