Program Officer, College Success
Saúl Valdez oversees grants that increase college persistence, two-year transfer and bachelor degree completion for students from underserved backgrounds. Prior to ECMC Foundation, he worked with Seattle Foundation's philanthropic advising team where he managed and advised a portfolio of donors and philanthropic partners and oversaw a youth grantmaking board. Previously, Saúl worked at the Seattle Region Partnership while completing his graduate studies and served as the youth program manager for the Latin American Association in the state of Georgia. Outside of ECMC Foundation, Saúl serves on the steering committee for the Los Angeles chapter of Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy (EPIP). He is an Education Pioneers alumni fellow and has recently completed Hispanics in Philanthropy’s leadership fellowship program.
Saúl holds an MA in public administration with a nonprofit management certificate from the University of Washington’s Evans School of Public Policy and Governance, and a BS in international business and BA in Spanish from University of Nebraska-Lincoln.