By Marco Aguilar, Financial Capability Lead
I am a first-generation college graduate who comes from immigrant parents from Nayarit, Mexico and I am the oldest of three. My parents taught me the importance of my roots never forgetting who I am and where I come from which has shaped my passion for Latinx empowerment. I first moved up to Santa Cruz to start school at UC Santa Cruz and I graduated with a degree in Spanish Studies with a concentration in Language and Linguistics.
I spent some time living in Mexico to pursue a dental degree I was not able to finish it due to the financial hardship my family was going through at the time, so I decided to come back to the US. So, I know of the challenges that some may face in trying to pursue higher education. During my time at UC Santa Cruz, I was part of an organization called Hermanos Unidos where I served as fundraising chair which gave me the opportunity to be helped and help others in the journey that is graduating college. I am happy to have the opportunity to be able to share my story with other people and help future generations find a path to success as well as provide the tools needed to get there.
I have experience in management since I was a General Manager at Panda Express after graduating from UC Santa Cruz. I decided to work for a non-profit because I wanted to find ways in which my career could involve helping Latinx community here in Santa Cruz county as well as being able to be a resource to people in this community. I am excited to be part of this team and look forward to the great things that we can accomplish together.