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

Olivia Cortez-Figueroa
College Recruiter

Olivia has over 24 years of experience in higher education and has worked in the San Mateo Community College District since 2012. She enjoys connecting with and serving students, underserved populations and the community at large. She has a BA in Ethnic Studies from UC Berkeley. Having been the first in her family to go to college, she understands the challenges first generation students face - often times you don't even know what to ask. This is why she is so passionate about sharing information about the various opportunities at Cañada College, with students, their parents, their schools and anyone who is interested in changing their lives. Olivia oversees the Outreach Program and the Student Ambassador Program at Cañada College. Family is very important to her so she is often found with her husband and two children. She can also be found knitting or crocheting, when time permits (she jokingly shares that she is addicted to yarn). She loves to hike and, lately, has been getting into gardening succulents too. Olivia can be reached at cortezfigueroao@smccd.edu or 650-306-3209.

Ruby Rubio

Ruby Rubio
Ambassador

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

Rocio Vega
Ambassador

Rocio is from Bolivia. She is studying English as a second language at Cañada College. After completing ESL, she plans to continue her career as an accountant because she like numbers. Rocio really like dogs. She loves being an ambassador because she is a very patient person and she likes to help everyone.

Thu (Emma) Nguyen

Thu (Emma) Nguyen
Ambassador

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 Valle
Ambassador

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.

Jules Thomas

Jules Thomas
Ambassador

Jules is a Middle College graduate living in the wonderful city of East Palo Alto. He studies Business at Cañada College. Jules is the co-Founder & CEO of Onyxx Village Connection, a mobile outreach non-profit organization that connects people in East Palo Alto and surrounding cities with resources and free hot meals. His favorite hobbies are reading, traveling, photography, and playing the tenor saxophone. He is very excited about being a Student Ambassador so he can get a chance to create new friendships and help his peers move towards their journey through education.

Ramie Alsibai

Ramie Alsibai
Ambassador

Ramie Alsibai is a Woodside High School graduate and is now full of Cañada College spirit. He is studying to become an Electrical Engineer. Some of his hobbies include soccer, football, and video games. He tends to study a lot and try his best to spread positive energy.

 

 

Photo of student ambassadors with President Kim Lopez
Photo of the 2022 Outreach Team members