Peninsula College Fund recently hired Los Altos resident Christina Mireles as its new executive director.
Founded in 2005, Peninsula College Fund is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to empower low-income, first-generation college students on the Peninsula and in San Jose.
Mireles currently serves on the board of directors of Oxford Day Academy, a charter school in East Palo Alto. Her earlier roles included nine years as deputy director of Escuela Popular, a K-12 charter school in East San Jose, and five years as vice president of charter development and compliance at EdTec, which provides services for charter schools.
Mireles earned a bachelor’s degree from Tufts University, a master’s from Georgetown University and a Juris Doctor from Northwestern Law School.
While many first-generation students attend college, fewer than 25 percent of them graduate in under six years. To address the problem, Peninsula College Fund’s programming includes four-year scholarships, one-to-one adult mentors, college and career training, and summer internship services to make college more affordable, help students graduate and guide them toward a successful post-graduate career.