Meet Mari Estrada, who recently joined the OC Foundation Board of Directors.

Mari works at Moorpark College as the Program Director of Bachelor Degree Programs, serves as a lecturer for CSU Channel Islands, and adjunct faculty for Fresno City College. Mari’s work focuses on workforce development which includes professional development and higher education.

As the youngest of four, she felt tremendous pressure to go to college despite limited financial means. Mari fully understands concerns about student loan debt, the need to work while pursuing a college degree, and value of student initiatives such as dual enrollment and PACE that save time and money.

Mari is a lifelong learner who began her studies at the community college, she holds two associate degrees, Liberal Studies and Early Childhood Education; a bachelor’s degree in Sociology; two master’s degrees in Education and Early Childhood Studies; and doctorate in Education.

Mari joined the Oxnard College’s Foundation board to support continued growth of the campus and community partnerships. Her priorities include innovative child care scholarships for student-parents, and increasing access via innovative academic programs.

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