Adelina Garcia is an associate director for the Pathways to Prosperity Network, a collaboration between JFF and the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where she supports leaders in K–12, higher education, business and industry, and government in developing and implementing rigorous career pathways leading to high-wage, high-demand jobs that leave open the prospect of further education.
Before coming to JFF, Adelina served as assistant director of the Academic Support Center at Eastern Washington University, where she worked to improve college completion amongst low-income, first-generation college students. Adelina has also assisted low-income students at the high school level through the TRiO Upward Bound program at Yakima Valley Community College, where she worked to improve college readiness and access.
Over the course of her career, she has conducted research for the Nellie Mae Education Foundation, assisted two senators in the Washington State legislature, served as a public policy fellow for the Education Trust through the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute in Washington, DC, and co-directed a residential summer camp for Latino high school students, under the auspices of the Association of Washington School Principals, designed to develop their leadership potential.
Adelina has a master’s of education in human development and psychology from Harvard University and a bachelor’s in philosophy and Spanish from the University of Washington.