Alison De Lucca
Alison’s passion for higher education attainment was sparked as child growing up in an agricultural region. Her mother was an independent counselor who provided college guidance services to those who could afford it, while offering pro bono support to those who couldn’t – namely the children of migrant workers. Over the course of a decade, she witnessed how her peers and community were transformed by the increase in college degrees.
As the Executive Director of SoCal CAN, Alison works with more than 70 organizations to expand college access and completion for low-income students in the region. The network plays an important role in the field by bringing together direct service organizations to exchange effective practices, address existing service gaps, and weigh in on policies and practices that help or hinder students’ ability to smoothly reach their goal of college graduation.
Alison has worked on social change issues in both the United States and Central America for more than 20 years. She’s worked in the women’s, environmental, and immigrant rights fields. Prior to joining SoCal CAN, she worked as Program Officer for the Los Angeles Funders’ Collaborative, Program Director for Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees, Campaign Director for Friends of the Earth International, and Women’s Micro-enterprise Developer for the Costa Rican Ecologist Association.
Alison graduated from University of California, San Diego (UCSD) with a B.A. in International Development and received her M.A. in Urban Planning from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA ). She is bilingual in English and Spanish and has served as an appointed member of the UCLA Department of Urban Planning Advisory Committee, an emeritus board member of Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy, and a fellow with the Women’s Policy Institute and the City Scholars Foundation. Most recently she became a board member of BlacklistLA and was selected to be a fellow with the California Education Policy Fellowship.
An alumnus of SoCal CAN member, Bright Prospect, Jason Cordova watched his single mother work long hours in order to support him and his younger brother. Her sacrifice and hard work inspired Jason to help his family through his education. Jason received acceptance to Connecticut College. Throughout his four years at Connecticut College, in addition to his rigorous academic pursuits, Jason devoted much of his energy to community service and was awarded his college’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Service Award for outstanding contribution to the college and the New London community. After graduation, returned to Bright Prospect to serve his community by contributing to the expansion and scaling of the Bright Prospect model along with advancing Bright Prospect’s college retention and success program. He is excited to bring his previous personal and professional experience to SoCal CAN.