Cynthia Espinoza joined Thrive Scholars in November 2015 as the College Success Manager. As the daughter of Mexican immigrants and the first person in her family to attend college, Cynthia has a firsthand understanding of the importance of working to expand opportunities for students from diverse backgrounds. Before joining Thrive, she worked for the Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund as program assistant for the Immigrant Rights and Education Equity programs.
Her prior experience was in the Vice Chancellor’s Office for Equity and Inclusion at the University of California, Berkeley, where she was an administrative assistant. She graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in American Studies and an emphasis on Diversity and Work. At Cal, Cynthia was an active leader on campus for Latino/a and women’s issues, as well as a strong advocate for greater awareness of the problem of domestic violence in minority communities.