Our Team

The people with a passion to help the community.


Javier Munoz - Founder, Fundraising Coordinator

Javier Muñoz founded HGSA College PATHS in the Fall of 2015 and is primarily responsible for fundraising. He grew up in East Los Angeles, graduated from J. A. Garfield High School, and is currently a Ph.D. Student in the History Department at UCLA. Javier's experiences in East LA and his education at UCLA explain his commitment to helping underrepresented students achieve their goals.

Gabriela Gonzalez - Community Programs Coordinator

Gabby Gonzalez graduated from James A. Garfield '09 and attended Brown University '13, concentrating in Business, Entrepreneurship, and Organizational Studies. Moving back to East Los Angeles after living outside of California for more than 8 years, she decided to get involved with HGSA College PATHS as a way to reconnect with her community and share her experiences with current high school students.

Vanessa Calderon - Communications Coordinator, Co-Director for Admissions

Vanessa grew up in East LA and graduated from Garfield High School in 2009. She received her B.A. in Psychology from Yale University and is currently a graduate student in the Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program at USC. Her personal and academic experiences have motivated her to advocate for educational access for all students, especially those that are traditionally under-represented in higher education. She is excited to be a part of this organization and work with students from GHS!

Araceli Centanino - Student Activities Coordinator, Master of Ceremonies

Araceli joined HGSA College PATHS in the Fall of 2015. She grew up in San Diego and graduated from Patrick Henry High School and is currently a Ph.D. Student in the History Department at UCLA. As a former community college student, Araceli understands the importance of mentorship and supportive programs, like College PATHS, to the educational success of underrepresented students. She is committed to increasing access to higher education for first generation and students of color.

Joshua Rodriguez - Strategic Advisor

Joshua currently serves as a strategic advisor, helping set the short and long term direction for the program. He grew up in Boyle Heights and graduated from Garfield High School in 2009. He received his B.A. in Economics from Pomona College and currently works for NBCUniversal. His personal, professional, and academic experiences have motivated him to be an advocate for higher education and be involved in the community. He’s excited to use his personal experiences to mentor students at Garfield and help them achieve their goals.

Magali Campos - Educational Development Coordinator

Magali Campos is HGSA College PATHS’ Educational Development Coordinator. She grew up in South East Los Angeles and graduated from Huntington Park High school. Magali went to the University of California Santa Cruz (UCSC) where she received a B.A. in psychology. She is currently a Ph.D. student in the Education Department at UCLA. She recognizes that she would not be where she is now if not for the help from others, and is passionate about giving back by helping students such as herself reach their goals.

Aldo Macias - Student Outreach Coordinator

Aldo Macias Arellano was born in Guadalajara, Mexico and migrated to the U.S. at a young age. He attended public schools in East Los Angeles including Garfield High School (2005-2009) and obtained his B.A. from Kalamazoo College in 2013. At K College, he focused on Political Science, Sociology, and Public Policy. Since graduating, Aldo has based his work in building community through heavy involvement with local community organizations, local government, and commitment to civic engagement.

Fernando Lopez - College Access Coordinator

Fernando Lopez holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Public Affairs and a Master of Arts degree in Urban Teaching from UCLA. Mr. Lopez is a high school social studies teacher in the northeast region of Los Angeles where he sponsors a young women empowerment group called "Power to Venus" and focuses his classes on guiding students through the practice of becoming critical thinkers. In the end, he wants young people to become active participants in shaping the course of our society.

Justin Jordan - Lead Web Architect, Co-Director for Admissions

Graduated from James A. Garfield in 2009 and UCLA in 2015 with a B.S. in Computer Science. He is currently working as a Software Engineer in Pasadena. With a willingness to give back to the community, especially one he grew up in, he joined Javier in his quest to help underprivileged students.