uAspire Bay Area First One Awards

uAspire’s First One Awards Celebration demonstrates the power of our mission by celebrating leaders in our community who have been in the first generation of their family to graduate from college. These leaders’ stories underscore the transformative power of higher education and the need for college to be affordable for all.

Our 2016 Bay Area honorees:

Richard Carranza

Lenny Mendonca 

 Hector Preciado

SFUSD Superintendent and nationally renowned district administrator…
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McKinsey Director Emeritus and community & policy leader…
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LinkedIn Advertising Operations Manager and advocate for under-represented populations…Read More                                                                         

Our 2015 Bay Area honorees:

Nancy Lue

José Hernández 

 Lisa Villarreal

Executive Director of GSV Summit and former policy advisor and corporate strategist…Read More Retired NASA astronaut and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory engineer…Read More  Education Program Officer at The San Francisco Foundation and a life-long education leader…Read More 


Thank you to all our honorees for your leadership and commitment!

Watch the videos below to hear directly from our inspiring honorees about their journeys.

Check out photos from this year’s event on our Facebook page.

2016 First One Host Committee:

Melissa Williams, Committee Co-chair 
Amit Patel, Committee Co-chair, Owl Ventures 
Jackie Rutherford, Committee Co-chair, Facebook
Julie Abrams, Bay Area Women Leaders Network
Mark Alper, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, UC Berkeley
Lisa Alvarez, Silicon Valley Community Foundation
Angel Chavez, Morgan Stanley
Paul Collins, Urban Ed Academy
Lara Fox, uAspire Bay Area
Yvette Gullatt, University of California Office of the President
Casey Johnson, GreenLight Fund
Amy Ko, U.S. Trust
Amanda Lubin, Bain & Company
Nancy Lue, GSV Summit
Ruben Orduña, The San Francisco Foundation
Simon Rycraft, ParkJockey
Simone Shorter, uAspire Bay Area
Lisa Villarreal, The San Francisco Foundation