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Meet NCCPC

The Northern California College Promise Coalition is a regional effort to bring together leaders, practitioners and resources and share leadership over the shape of college success efforts in the region.

NCCPC represents over 58,000 students in 12 counties.

Meet NCCPC

The Northern California College Promise Coalition is a regional effort to bring together leaders, practitioners and resources and share leadership over the shape of college success efforts in the region.

NCCPC represents over 58,000 students in 12 counties.

Meet the Advisory Council

“The University of California Office of the President is excited to partner with the Northern California Promise Coalition to expand access and opportunity to university. We share a common commitment and dedication to ensure students from underserved backgrounds thrive and succeed at UC and become leaders in California.”

— Sandra Williams-Hamp, UC Office of the President

President Dr. Michael V. Drake, MD, University of California

Chancellor Eloy Oakley, California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office

Catalina Ruiz-Healy, Senior Advisor, Hirsch Philanthropy Partners

Michael Tubbs, Founder and Board Chair, Reinvent Stockton Foundation

“On behalf of the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office, we are pleased to work with the NorCal Promise Coalition to advance equity and access in higher education. As a former community college district chancellor, who has instrumental in the establishment of the groundbreaking Long Beach College Promise, Chancellor Oakley understands the critical role that partnerships with local education leaders and city governments, such as those making up the NCCPC, and we are pleased to share so many goals and work together towards an equitable future for higher education in California.”
— David O’Brien, CA Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office

Advisory Council Delegates

Sandra Williams-Hamp, Executive Director, Outreach and Educational Partnerships, Graduate, Undergraduate and Equity Affairs, University of California

David O’Brien, Vice Chancellor, Government Relations, California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office

By connecting us to the deep community of those who advocate for our brilliant, underrepresented students, NCCPC’s Advisory Council strengthens our credibility and places us at the center of the fight for an even more just and equitable higher education system.

Contact us for more information about joining the Advisory Council.

Meet Alex!

ALEX BADAOUI

NCCPC Program Assistant

Hello my name is Alex Badaoui, and I am currently studying at Cal State East Bay.

Originally from Orlando, Florida Alex Badaoui moved to the Bay Area with the hopes of finishing college and diving head first into the world of education.

Through trials and tribulations she found a detour that led her to explore Sociology at East Bay. Her experience has led her to work at an Executive Recruiting Firm and spend her spare hours working with various programs, including Northern California College Promise Coalition and the City of Oakland, supporting the efforts of student success in education.

She hopes to continue to work on solving the public education from K-12 and postsecondary school challenges.

Meet Alex!

ALEX BADAOUI

NCCPC Program Assistant

Hello my name is Alex Badaoui, and I am currently studying at Cal State East Bay.

Originally from Orlando, Florida Alex Badaoui moved to the Bay Area with the hopes of finishing college and diving head first into the world of education.

Through trials and tribulations she found a detour that led her to explore Sociology at East Bay. Her experience has led her to work at an Executive Recruiting Firm and spend her spare hours working with various programs, including Northern California College Promise Coalition and the City of Oakland, supporting the efforts of student success in education.

She hopes to continue to work on solving the public education from K-12 and postsecondary school challenges.

Meet Edwin!

Edwin Burgos Perez, Oakland Promise Scholar

NCCPC Operations Intern Fall 2021

Hello my name is Edwin Burgos Perez, and I am currently studying at the University of California, Berkeley.

As a senior I’m studying Ethnic Studies and Society & Environment, and as an NCCPC intern I’m hoping to strengthen my skills to become a better agent of change. Learning how to effectively and efficiently familiarize myself with more networks/organizations for college readiness working towards college readiness.

Being born and raised in Oakland, Ca I hope I can contribute back an informative perspective that encompasses the work and struggles of pursuing higher education as a Bay Area student. I’m currently doing research on Oakland’s low access to food( as it is a food desert) and what it takes to ensure food justice to the Oakland community.

As of now I am most excited to learn and be a part of new experiences, and make meaningful memories of those who are influential and positive in my life. Fun fact I travelled to Cambodia when I was seventeen years old, and I am a self taught makeup artist.

Meet Edwin!

Edwin Burgos Perez, Oakland Promise Scholar

NCCPC Operations Intern Fall 2021

Hello my name is Edwin Burgos Perez, and I am currently studying at the University of California, Berkeley.

As a senior I’m studying Ethnic Studies and Society & Environment, and as an NCCPC intern I’m hoping to strengthen my skills to become a better agent of change. Learning how to effectively and efficiently familiarize myself with more networks/organizations for college readiness working towards college readiness.

Being born and raised in Oakland, Ca I hope I can contribute back an informative perspective that encompasses the work and struggles of pursuing higher education as a Bay Area student. I’m currently doing research on Oakland’s low access to food( as it is a food desert) and what it takes to ensure food justice to the Oakland community.

As of now I am most excited to learn and be a part of new experiences, and make meaningful memories of those who are influential and positive in my life. Fun fact I travelled to Cambodia when I was seventeen years old, and I am a self taught makeup artist.

Meet our past interns and fellows!

Mer Curry, Executive Director

Meredith “Mer” Curry is a proud Black and Filipina Bay Area native with over 18 years of experience leading local and state-wide education, management and program development projects.

In 2020, Mer joined NCCPC as a Fellow and was elected by the Steering Committee in June 2021 as the Executive Director. Prior to joining the team here in Northern California, she was the founding Director of Operations for the California College Guidance Initiative (CCGI) which manages www.CaliforniaColleges.edu, the State of California’s official college and career planning platform. During her 13 years in Los Angeles, Mer was active in the Southern California College Access Network, and a member of the Steering Committee. Her last role in LA was as the Executive Director of South Central Scholars, now Thrive Scholars.

Recently included in the 2021 cohort of Silicon Valley Business Journal’s 40 Under 40, Meredith’s professional experience is enhanced by her mission to develop and scale systems and best practices centered on equity while educating and empowering everyday leaders.

She currently serves as a Commissioner of the Santa Clara County Commission on the Status of Women and as a Board Member of LEAD Filipino. Mer earned a Master of Business Administration from California State University, Long Beach and a Bachelor of Arts in English from University of California, Los Angeles where she was recognized by the Eudaimonia Society at the UCLA Healthy Campus Initiative (HCI) as a 2020 honoree. She is also an alum of the Civic Leadership Program with the Asian Pacific American Leadership Institute (APALI) and a member of the Filipina Women’s Network.

Mer is a 2022 NCAN Advisory Task Force member and served as a 2021 NCAN Member Federal Advocacy Fellow.

Last, an avid champion of college affordability, Mer has volunteered with Cash for College in Los Angeles and the Bay Area, supporting students and families through the financial aid process, for over a decade.

Barbara Gee, Deputy Director

Barb Gee has over 30 years of leadership experience in three sectors: for-profit technology companies, non-profit organizations, and public sector agencies. After a successful early career in computer hardware companies (HP, SGI, TiVo), Barb transitioned her career into the non-profit sector, taking on a variety of Interim CEO and Program Director assignments, in social services and human rights. Her previous public sector work focused on K-12 public education reform including five years with the Oakland Unified School District as well as working with the Alameda and Berkeley school districts.

She is known for her equity and inclusion work at organizations such as the Anita Borg Institute, Hack the Hood, and Code2040. A proud graduate of the San Francisco Unified School District, Barb is the first in her family to go to college. She holds a BS EECS (Electrical Engineering & Computer Sciences) from UC Berkeley; she was one of the first women to receive a BS EECS from Berkeley and one of only two women in a class of over a thousand! She later went on to earn an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management.