CORE Executive Board
Miguel Cordova, Executive Director, has over 20 years of experience working in the areas of education and policy. Currently he works as an education programs consultant for the California Department of Education (CDE) where his primary area of work revolves around educational policies and practices that will help close the academic achievement gap. He has worked with K-12 programs in the areas of gifted and talented, reading, adoption of instructional materials as well as test development and administration of statewide testing programs.
Prior to his work at the CDE, Miguel served as an Assistant Dean of Admissions and a Pre-College Coordinator at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota. He recruited students, developed recruitment strategies and travel, coordinated pre-college programs, worked on retention issues and developed and oversaw summer residential programs. He has worked with students from various cultural, socio-economic, and language backgrounds. Miguel has worked with a wide range of schools including small, rural, suburban, and inner city. Born and raised in Salinas, California, he now lives in Sacramento. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and a Master's degree in Public Policy and Administration.
Jaime L. Del Razo, Communications Officer, is a Principal Associate at the Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University. He holds a Ph.D. in Education from the University of California, Los Angeles. His research interests include college matriculation of undocumented students, critical race theory, and higher education issues of access and equity. He is co-founder and a coordinator for College Is For Everyone (CIFE), an organization that provides college information and support for undocumented students in Compton, California.
Prior to attending graduate school, Jaime served as Director of UC Irvine's Mathematics Engineering Science Achievement (MESA) Schools program where he helped educationally disadvantaged students attend college. He has also worked as a high school math teacher at Dominguez High School in Compton, California. He holds a Bachelor of Arts (A.B.) in Rhetoric from the University of California, Berkeley and an Associate of Arts (A.A.) from Pasadena City College. During his undergraduate years, he was active in the college recruitment of Chicano/Latino students and in Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan (MEChA). Born in East Los Angeles, Jaime was raised in neighboring Boyle Heights and graduated from Montebello High School. He served in the US Army prior to attending college and is a Gulf War veteran.
Jose A Andrade, Financial Officer, is a History-Social Studies teacher in East Los Angeles. He has worked on providing talented and deserving young people opportunities to pursue post secondary education despite their legal status.
Prior to entering the teaching profession, Jose attended Pasadena City College and later transferred to San Diego State University, where he earned a B.A in Social Science. During his time as undergraduate student, Jose was actively involved in El Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano/a de Aztlan (M.E.Ch.A). It was through his participation in M.E.Ch.A, that he began his commitment to educational access to all talented and deserving young people. This commitment continues through his involvement in C.O.R.E.
CORE is a private, non-profit, organization currently applying for 501(c)3 status.
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