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Ricardo Marmolejo

Regional Coordinator,  Central Valley/Mother Lode


Ricardo Marmolejo is pleased to serve as one of three Guided Pathways Regional Coordinators for the Central Valley/Mother Lode Region. Over his 20-year career in education, Ricardo has developed his leadership experience on educational initiatives serving low-income and first-generation college students that include equity, access, persistence, engagement, and completion.  Most recently, Ricardo directed the Title V: Developing Hispanic Serving Institutions federal grant at West Hills College Lemoore.  Prior to that, he served as Director of the TRIO Programs at the College of the Sequoias. In these leadership roles, he collaborated with various constituents and stakeholders to author multiple educational equity grants focused on social justice education programs.  Ricardo earned a dual bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Spanish from the University of California, Davis (Go Aggies!).  He also earned a master’s degree in Higher Education Leadership and Administration from California State University, Fresno.  In addition, he has completed all course requirements for the Educational Doctorate Degree in Educational Leadership at California State University, Fresno.  His dissertation research focuses on educational equity programs and their role in higher education pursuit of low-income/first-generation students.  Ricardo takes great pride and joy in guiding and mentoring students to achieve their educational, personal, and career goals.