Honorees

MICHELE SIQUEIROS ’95

As executive director for The Campaign for College Opportunity, Michele Siqueiros works to expand access to higher education for California students, promoting policy solutions through a broad-based bi-partisan statewide coalition.

Siqueiros graduated from Pitzer College with a bachelor of arts degree in political studies with honors in Chicano/a studies. She received her master of arts in urban planning from the University of California, Los Angeles and has dedicated her career to advising local policymakers and managing organizational partnerships as senior project coordinator with the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment in the City of Los Angeles, founding program manager for Public Allies-Los Angeles and assistant director of constituency services for the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials Educational Fund (NALEO).

In 2005, Siqueiros was appointed by Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to serve as a commissioner for the Board of Neighborhoods where she is currently president. In 2008, La Opinion named Siqueiros one of Los Angeles’ Mujeres Destacadas, Outstanding Woman, for her extraordinary leadership in education.

FERNANDO DE NECOCHEA

Fernando de Necochea is senior advisor and community partnerships director for Southern California Edison, a position in which he oversees corporate relationships with regional, state and nationwide Latino communities, business leaders and organizations.  

Born and raised in Calexico, California, de Necochea graduated from Dartmouth College as a Rufus Choate Scholar, studied abroad in Spain and Peru and completed graduate studies at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Prior to joining Southern California Edison, de Necochea held key director and advisor roles at Brown University, Stanford University and the University of California, Santa Barbara managing institutional initiatives for Latino access and financial aid. He was appointed by Secretary of Education Richard W. Riley to the U.S. Congress’ statutory advisory committee on student financial assistance.

De Necochea currently serves on several boards including the Mexican American Opportunity Foundation, CHARO Community Development Corporation, the University of Southern California Mexican American Alumni Association Advisory Council, the Latin Business Association corporate advisory board and the Museum of Latin American Art (MoLAA).