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College Access Plan Welcomes Two New Board Members to Enhance College Access Initiatives

Published on Tuesday, January 30, 2024 | 5:43 am

College Access Plan (CAP), a Pasadena-based nonprofit that provides free programs in college preparedness and success, has announced the appointment of Ismenia Monchez and Alondra Nieto as members of its Board of Directors.

“We are so pleased to welcome both Ismenia and Alondra to the board,” Laura Zachar, Chair of CAP’s board, said in a statement. “Each brings her own unique expertise and perspective. Their contributions to our mission to support underserved students and families  are sure to have a lasting impact.”

Monchez has over two decades of leadership and management experience. Currently serving as the HR Director at Planned Parenthood Pasadena and San Gabriel Valley, Monchez oversees human resources, people operations, leadership development, and diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives. A UCLA and University of Redlands School of Business alumna and a first-generation Latina leader, Monchez is committed to cultivating inclusive workspaces, the statement said.

“I am excited to join CAP’s board and look forward to contributing to CAP’s mission and  supporting the journey of first-generation college students and their families,” Monchez said.

Nieto, a CAP and John Muir High School alumna, joins the board as its alumni chair. She graduated from UC Riverside in 2022 with a BA in Education, Society, and Human Development, and is experienced in community leadership and social justice. During her undergraduate years, Nieto served as President of the National Residence Hall Honorary Highlander Chapter and contributed to CAP’s Student Advisory Council.

“As a first-generation immigrant student, CAP’s help throughout my educational journey was invaluable,” Nieto said. “Everyone should have a choice and the opportunity to pursue higher education and I am proud to join CAP’s board as the organization continues to inspire me to reach new heights.”

Nieto continues to volunteer and provide John Muir High students with outdoor educational opportunities and exposure to careers within conservation. She currently works as a Park  Aide with the Los Angeles County Parks and Recreation Natural Areas.

Founded in 2006, College Access Plan (CAP) is a 501c3 nonprofit dedicated to preparing underserved and underrepresented students for college success. Partnering with local school districts and agencies, CAP offers no-cost college readiness advice and workshops for high school and middle school students and families. CAP also provides assistance with college applications, financial aid, and other essential college preparatory support.

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