Lupita Cortez Alcalá
Executive Director, California Student Aid Commission
2016 Keynote Speaker~ Folsom Lake College
Lupita Cortez Alcalá joins the California Student Aid Commission from the state Department of Education where she served as Deputy Superintendent of Instruction and Learning Support. She has spent her entire career championing better educational outcomes for students.
Ms. Alcalá has a decade of experience in government and legislative affairs including an appointment by former Governor Gray Davis to his administration where she served as Deputy Legislative Secretary for K-12 and higher education issues and liaison to the education community.
Ms. Alcalá is a native of Tijuana, Mexico and a recipient of a Cal Grant B Award which assisted her in achieving higher education. She is currently Chair of the California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls and a participant in the prestigious Aspen Action Forum. Lupita is a PUENTE Advisory Board Member and a Mariemont Elementary school site council member.
Ms. Alcalá holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from of the University of California at San Diego and a master’s degree in planning administration and social policy from Harvard University School of Education.