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Nadia Leal-Carrillo

Statewide Policy and Program Director


Nadia Leal-Carrillo is the Statewide Policy and Program Director of the Success Center at the Foundation for the California Community Colleges. In this role, she leads a team of talented policy specialist in identifying statutory and regulatory barriers to student success and providing research capacity on legislative and budget proposals to the California Community College Chancellor’s Office. Nadia was born in Puebla, Mexico and immigrated to East Los Angeles California, at a young age. As a first-generation immigrant college student, she has dedicated her career to gaining expertise and advancing policies to improve student access to educational opportunities. 

Nadia’s work in advancing education policies that provide social and economic opportunities for underrepresented students began in the State Capitol in 2002 when she was selected to the California Senate Fellows Program. As a Senate Fellow, she was assigned to the office of the State Senator Gilbert Cedillo and upon completion of her fellowship was hired as a legislative aide in his office. She then served as Legislative Director to Senator Denise Moreno Ducheny, Chair of the Senate Budget Committee. Prior to joining the Foundation for the California Community Colleges, Nadia was the Legislative Director of Academic Affairs in the State Governmental Relations Office for the University of California, Office of the President. 

Nadia is a member of the Sacramento Latina Leaders Network, the 2018-2019 cohort of fellows for the California Education Policy Fellowship Program, and volunteers as a mentor for the Mentorship Program of the California Capital Fellows Alumni Association. She previously served as an appointed member of the City of Sacramento’s Citizens Advisory Committee for Redistricting, was the former Co-Chair of the California Latino Capitol Association, and a member of the selection panel for the California Senate Fellows Program. Nadia received her B.A in Urban Studies and Planning from the University of California at San Diego, where she was a McNair Scholar, and her MPA from the University of Southern California.