California College Guidance Initiative  

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Tessa Carmen De Roy, Ed.D.
Executive Director
California College Guidance Initiative

T: 323.999.7161

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California College Guidance Initiative

Staff and Primary Contacts

  Executive Staff  

Tessa Carmen De Roy, Ed. D.
Executive Director

T: 323.999.7161

Ms. De Roy is responsible for strategy, partnership, and fundraising, as well as all core executive management functions that allow her team to thrive, including budgeting, infrastructure, and staff development and mentoring. She brings two decades of experience to this role, with an emphasis on complex, multi-stakeholder initiatives. Ms. De Roy has spent the last decade focused on issues related to college access and success.

Ms. De Roy received her Educational Doctorate from UCLA in 2011, where she focused on systemic approaches to college readiness and success in the K-16 educational pipeline.

  Data and Technology Staff  

Michael Burton, MBA
Director of Technology and Data Management

T: 916.325.8567

Mr. Burton has spent the last eight years managing the state’s college planning portal, In that capacity (and as the sole staff person until CCGI was launched), he managed everything from content management, marketing and communications, and technical assistance to the full range of user groups. Mr. Burton maintains responsibility for vendor and technology development, and leads the data sharing dimension of CCGI’s partnerships with K-12 and higher education partners.

Prior to joining, Mr. Burton managed communications for a mid-sized print management firm, and has been a contracts analyst and negotiator for both a U.S. software company and a global oil field services company. He received his BA from Stanford University and his MBA from Thunderbird, The Garvin School of International Management.

  Operations Staff  

Meredith Curry, MBA
Director of Operations

T: 408.272.2285

Ms. Curry oversees CCGI’s statewide operations including content and curriculum development, implementation in our K-12 partner districts, and support for counseling professionals statewide in the use of the website and associated lesson plans. She is additionally responsible for the initiative’s project management, data, and CRM infrastructure, as well as the protocols and systems necessary to support CCGI staff in the field.

Ms. Curry previously served as the Executive Director of South Central Scholars, a highly successful college access and success program in South Los Angeles. She brings nearly a decade of experience mentoring low-income youth through from the college planning process to degree completion, and understands firsthand the complexities of partnering effectively with schools and school districts. Ms. Curry completed her undergraduate studies at UCLA and received her MBA from California State University, Long Beach.


Laurel Papke
Administrative and Data Manager

T: 408.963.6500

Ms. Papke is responsible for providing administrative support to all CCGI team members and partners, as well as maintaining our CRM database and managing operational protocols. Additional responsibilities include updating content on and the CCGI mobile app, and the management of marketing materials.

Prior to joining California College Guidance Initiative, Ms. Papke was the Business Development Coordinator for a full-service international law firm located in the Silicon Valley, where she supported the Corporate & Securities - Technology, China, and Estates & Tax practices. She received her BA in Communications from Arizona State University.

  Regional Staff  

Maya Ramos Clayton
Regional Manager - San Gabriel Valley

T: 213.256.5316

Ms. Clayton serves as Regional Manager responsible for the San Gabriel Valley region, including current partnerships in El Monte, El Rancho, Hacienda La Puente and Pomona Unified School Districts. She is the primary liaison with school districts and higher education partners in the San Gabriel Valley region, responsible for communications, training, and ongoing user support. She is additionally a lead curriculum writer for the initiative, creating lesson plans for integration of in various formats for 6th-12th grade students.

Prior to joining CCGI, Ms. Clayton was Program Director at The Posse Foundation, Inc., Los Angeles, a leading national college access and youth leadership development program. She earned her B.A. from Smith College where she has served as a Director for the Alumnae Association of Smith College. She was also a founding member of Smith's Diversity Advisory Group. Ms. Clayton is currently pursuing her M.S. in Professional Writing at New York University.

Maribel Cornejo
Regional Coordinator - San Gabriel Valley

T: 626-841-2205

Ms. Cornejo serves as Regional Coordinator responsible for the San Gabriel Valley region.

Prior to joining CCGI, Ms. Cornejo was a Student Services Coordinator at College Made Easy, a private college-planning agency in the San Fernando Valley. As a student services coordinator, Maribel was instrumental in preparing 9th-12th grade students for college by educating both students and their parents about colleges, the college admissions process, trends, deadlines, and procedures. She also advised students on curricular and extra-curricular choices, college and career readiness, SAT/ACT testing, and choosing the right colleges.

Maribel earned her B.S. in Sociology from the University of La Verne and her MA Ed. in Educational Counseling along with her PPS credential from Azusa Pacific University.

Jossie Muñoz
Regional Coordinator, Riverside County

T: 951-870-3325

Ms. Muñoz is responsible for all training and user support of in Riverside and San Bernardino Counties.

Ms. Muñoz previously served as an Assistant Manager of Academics and Alumni Affairs for a community outreach program at New York University, Abu Dhabi. During that time, she advised high school students on the college search and application process as well as programmed for the alumni community. She has also worked in undergraduate programming, research and K-12 instruction.

Ms. Muñoz completed her undergraduate studies at Dickinson College and received her M.A. in Higher Education and Student Affairs from New York University.

Anacany Torres, M. Ed.
Regional Coordinator - Orange County

T: 714.955.9683

Ms. Torres is responsible for all training and user support of in Orange County, with an initial emphasis in her home town of Santa Ana, California.

Prior to joining the California College Guidance Initiative, Ms Torres served as an advisor in several University-based college outreach programs including, the Early Academic Outreach Program at UC Irvine and the Educational Talent Search program at University of Southern California.  In both roles she fostered partnerships with local schools and facilitated college planning and preparation workshops for students and families.  She has also worked with the Office of Outreach and Educational Partnerships at Rio Hondo Community College.

Anacany received her undergraduate degrees from UC Irvine and received her Masters of Education from the University of Southern California.

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