Guadalupe is executive director of College Possible Washington. She joined the site, then College Access Now, in December 2017. During that time, she set the strategic vision and grew the site substantially, working alongside the board of directors. Guadalupe has more than 10 years of experience as an executive director and has a diverse and extensive background in both the public and private sectors.
Guadalupe believes that a diverse and educated population results in a stronger and more equitable community. As a leader, she embodies this belief. Guadalupe is known for creating a professional, smart and caring environment where all stakeholders are valued and actively engaged. In her role as executive director for the Colorado Ovarian Cancer Alliance, Guadalupe brought together survivors of ovarian cancer to assess and understand the greatest needs their community was facing; this resulted in new programming that included an innovative financial assistance program. This program is thriving six years later and has been recognized globally for its innovation and sustainable funding model.
Guadalupe grew up in western Nebraska where she and her Mexican-American family worked in the sugar beet fields. Her parents were not literate, but they instilled in their children a sense of guanas, a strong desire mixed with a determination to get there at all costs, that Guadalupe attributes to all five of her sisters graduating college. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University and a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. Guadalupe’s two daughters are currently enrolled in college, one at St. Mary’s and the other at University of Hawaii.