Meet the Ambassadors

It is the mission of the Outreach Program to be the ‘face’ of Cañada College and support its’ mission by encouraging high school students and community members, especially those from underserved populations, to pursue a college education via the excellent Cañada College programs and services, as an avenue to reach their career and life goals.


Stay tuned for updated bios and pictures of our 2021 ambassadors!


Olivia Cortez-Figueroa
Interim College Recruiter

Olivia has over 24 years of experience in higher education (she’s been at SMCCCD since 2012). She enjoys serving students, underserved populations and the community at large. She has a BA in Ethnic Studies from UC Berkeley, where she developed a passion to help create positive change and to help make the seemingly impossible, possible! Olivia oversees the Canada College Ambassadors Program. She also develops the school’s recruiting activities in association with Canada’s strategic plan. Olivia can be reached at or 650-306-3209. A fun fact about her is that she is addicted to yarn! She knits and crochets and also enjoys hiking. And lately, she is getting into gardening succulents and biking too.

Jasmine Cazares-Lopez

Jasmine is a biology major at Cañada College and aspires to be a veterinarian. Her biggest hobby is being an Aztec dancer. She likes being a Campus Ambassador because she likes to help people.

Cathleen Espinoza

Cathleen Espinoza graduated from Woodside High School in 2018 and is now in her third year at Cañada College. She plans to transfer to San Jose State University in Fall 2021 where she will be continuing her studies in Computer Engineering. She is a part of the Promise Scholars Program at Cañada. In her free time, she enjoys watching Marvel movies and baking. She loves being a Campus Ambassador because she’s able to help students and give back to the community!

Ruby Rubio

Ruby graduated from Menlo-Atherton High school. She is majoring in Animal Psychology with hopes of helping wildlife and having the chance to educate others about how important it is for to take care of wildlife and the habitats they live in. Her favorite hobbies include painting, sculpting, hiking, and overall having fun. Her favorite thing about being a Campus Ambassador is making connections with staff and other students because she gets to learn new information from staff and gets to share it with other students.