Candy Marshall joined the TheDream.US after serving 8 years as a leader at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. As chief human resources officer, Candy led the expansion of the foundation and then joined the Global Health Programs where she led the implementation of a comprehensive plan to implement and improve the effectiveness of the Foundation’s 25+ global programs with over 500 people and a $3.0B annual budget. Prior to joining the Gates Foundation, Candy was Executive Vice President and General Counsel of WRQ, Inc. – a northwest technology firm.
Candy is a philanthropic leader in the Pacific Northwest. She is immediate Past-Chair of the Seattle Children’s Hospital and Research Foundation Board of Trustees and serves as an advisor on the Advisory Committee for the YUSA Strategic Initiatives Fund. She has previously served on a number of other non-profit boards including the Washington Global Health Alliance, the Seattle Arts and Sciences Academy, the YMCA of Greater Seattle, and Seattle City Club.
Candy earned a law degree from the University of Nebraska College of Law, with distinction, Order of the Coif, and a bachelor’s degree in public administration.
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Maria Gabriela (“Gaby”) Pacheco is a nationally recognized immigrant rights leader. In 2010, with three other undocumented students, they led the Trail of Dreams, a four-month walk from Miami to Washington, DC to call attention to the plight of immigrant families under the threat of deportation. In 2012, as political director for United We Dream, she spearheaded the efforts that led to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
At the age of eight, Pacheco immigrated to the United States with her family from Guayaquil, Ecuador. On April 22, 2013, Pacheco became the first undocumented Latina to testify in front of Congress, speaking to the Senate Judiciary Committee about the urgent need for immigration reform.
Gaby holds an Associate of Arts degree in Music Education, an Associate of Science degree in Early Childhood Education, and a BA in Special Education K-12 from Miami Dade College.
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Hyein Lee is driven by the power of research and evaluation to build evidence-based narratives for immigrant and higher education equity.
She first learned about the necessity of rigorous data collection and management in supporting programs serving marginalized populations while working at the YMCA in Flushing, Queens. There, she analyzed benchmarks of success for immigrant students. Since then, Hyein’s work has focused on leading quantitative and qualitative assessment of programs promoting college access and success, such as TheDream.US and the CUNY Start-ASAP Foster Care Initiative, at the City University of New York’s Office of Research, Evaluation & Program Support.
Hyein came to the United States at the age of 17 from South Korea. She received a B.A. in History from New York University and is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Sociology at the Graduate Center at the City University of New York. Her research focuses on undocumented students in higher education.
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Tania Wilcox has devoted her entire professional life to help students overcome educational inequalities and barriers. As an immigrant herself and having been the first in her family to graduate from college, she has an unwavering passion to help similar students succeed in their education. Before joining TheDream.US, Tania had a long career with Breakthrough, a national college access program for low-income students. She served as Executive Director of The Silicon Valley site, served on the national board, and was on the national team that led the expansion of the Breakthrough model from one city to twenty-five cities nationwide.
Tania has been an education leader in the Bay area for 25 years. She helped found the first charter school in Silicon Valley, was on the board of Reading Partners while the organization expanded nationwide, helped establish a Spanish immersion pre-school, and has served on various other non-profit boards. Currently, Tania serves on the board of Breakthrough Silicon Valley and is the Board President of ACE Charter Schools.
She holds a BA in Sociology from Wesleyan University, a Master of Education with a concentration in Risk and Resiliency from Harvard Graduate School of Education, and a Certificate on Financial Planning from UC Santa Cruz.
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Melissa Barrera came to the U.S. at age 9 from Camargo, a small city near Chihuahua, México. She grew up in the border city of El Paso, TX, where she obtained her bachelor’s degree in Communications from The University of Texas at El Paso, a partner college with TheDream.US.
In 2007, she spent a year in St. Étienne, France in an exchange program, which motivated her in 2011, to spend a summer teaching ESL in Weihai, China. These two experiences broadened her perspective on education and world cultures, and contributed to her strong passion and appreciation for both. While interning with an agency in the Federal Government in 2012, she worked on an initiative to bring more underrepresented groups into the Federal workforce.
Contributing to that project deepened her connection to minority groups around the country, and strengthened her drive to give back to a community that she believes has given her so much.
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Sadhana Singh was born in Guyana and immigrated to the United States with her family at age 13. She grew up in Georgia where she was barred from attending college due to her undocumented status. A DACA recipient, Sadhana was awarded TheDream.US Scholarship in 2014 and she enrolled at Trinity Washington University at the age of 28.
At Trinity, Sadhana co-founded and served as president of The Dreamers Alliance, a campus organization that advocates for Dreamers and the immigrant community. She has told her story in publications like The Washington Post and the New York Times, and made appearances on Al Jazeera and MSNBC. In March 2018, she gave a TEDx Talk, sharing her journey through three lives, at the College of William and Mary. Throughout her time as an undergrad, she completed seven internships, including one at TheDream.US in her sophomore year.
She graduated from Trinity in May 2018 with a BA in Communication and a minor in International Affairs. As a first-generation college student and the first woman in her family to earn a degree, her experiences thus far have fostered her passion and commitment towards access to education, especially for girls and women around the world.
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