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.


Olivia Cortez-Figueroa
College Recruiter

Olivia has over 24 years of experience in higher education and has 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 Cañada 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 loves to knit and crochet. She also loves to hike and, lately, has been getting into gardening succulents and biking too.

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.

Menlo-Atherton High School Alumni

Rocio Vega

My name is Rocio Vega I’m from Bolivia. I am studying English as a second language at Cañada College. After completing ESL, I will continue my career as an accountant because I like numbers. Also, I really like dogs. I am grateful to work with you because I am a very patient person and I like to help everyone.

Thu (Emma) Nguyen

Emma graduated with an MBA from Notre Dame de Namur University. She comes to enhance her Marketing specialization skills at Cañada College. As a Campus Ambassador, Emma loves to share her thrilling and adventurous educational journey with everyone around her. By that, she hopes to inspire others to become passionate lifelong learners. Emma also loves mentoring kids and young people to achieve their potential beyond their initial dreams. She enjoys swimming, singing, hiking, fishing, and playing ukulele in her spare time. Her dream is to one day travel to all the states in the US and become a MasterChef, serving her family and friends.

Natalie Valle

Natalie is a Middle College student at Cañada College. She hopes to major in Sociology. She grew up in Redwood City and loves baking and exploring different coffee shops. She’s excited to be a Campus Ambassador because she loves helping people and engaging with different communities.