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Nadia Leal-Carrillo

Director of Policy Development 


NNadia Leal-Carrillo is the Director of Policy Development of the Success Center for California Community Colleges, housed within the Foundation for the California Community Colleges. In this role, she leads the Success Center’s policy and research division work in identifying statutory and regulatory barriers to student success and providing policy development and research support for the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office on policies aligned with the Vision for Success goals, student success reforms, and the Guided Pathways framework. As a first-generation immigrant college graduate, she has dedicated her career to gaining expertise and advancing policies to improve student access to education. Prior to joining the Success Center, she served as Legislative Director of Academic and Student Affairs in the State Governmental Relations Office for the University of California, Office of the President; Legislative Director to Senator Denise Moreno Ducheny, Chair of the Senate Budget Committee; Legislative Aide to Senator Gilbert Cedillo, Chair of the California Latino Legislative Caucus; and as a California Senate Fellow. She is a 2018-2019 California Education Policy Fellow and member of the 2018-2020 School Site Council. She previously served as an appointed member of the City of Sacramento’s Citizens Advisory Committee for Redistricting and was the former Co-Chair of the California Latino Capitol Association. 

She earned her bachelor of arts in urban studies and planning form the University of California at San Diego, where she was a McNair Scholar, and her master of public administration from the University of Southern California, where she was a Sterling Franklin Graduate Fellow.