Devon Graves is a Research Fellow for the Success Center. Prior to joining the team, he finished his graduate work at the University of California, Los Angeles. His research focuses on community college students’ experiences within the financial aid process. Devon has presented research at national conferences and has been published by policy institutes.
In addition to his research, Devon has served on two of California’s higher education governing boards. From 2013-17 he served as a gubernatorial appointee on the California Student Aid Commission, the state agency that administers $2 billion in state financial aid programs. In this role Devon chaired the commissions’ Student Impact committee, which had direct oversight of the Cal Grant, Dream Act, and Middle Class Scholarship programs. In 2017, Devon was appointed the 44th Student Regent on the University of California Board of Regents. As a regent, Devon served as chair of the Regents’ Special committee on Basic Needs and vice chair of the Regents’ Public Engagement and Development committee.
Devon is a proud product of California’s public higher education system. He received his B.A. from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona and M.A. and Ph.D. from UCLA.