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Villegas, MA, MEd

Salina Villegas, MA (University of San Diego), MEd (Harvard Graduate School of Education); Director of Leadership Programs, RISE San Diego; Faculty, RISE San Diego Urban Leadership Fellows Program; Fellow, Lideramos Latinx Leadership Program; Fellow, RISE Urban Leadership Fellows Program; Member, Group Relations International. Salina Juliana Villegas is a hood scholar raised in the City Heights neighborhood of San Diego, California.


For the last thirteen years, she has served non-profit, corporate, and educational sectors in their efforts to provide professional development, educational equity, and culture change initiatives. She is committed to the genuine inclusion of diverse groups and takes a justice-centered approach to change efforts that involve deep dialogue, skilled facilitation, and systems thinking. Currently, she is the Director of Leadership Programs at RISE San Diego where they work to foster urban leadership and engagement at a grassroots level.


Her role involves heading their Urban Leadership Fellows Program while also overseeing the strategy, development, and implementation of other leadership programming and community partnerships. She has been inducted into the San Diego Unified School District Hall of Fame (2013) and recognized by California State Senator Toni Atkins as an Emerging Female Leader (2016).


She is a RISE Urban Leadership Fellow (2017) and Lideramos Fellow (2019). Salina earned two Bachelor of Arts, in Rhetoric Studies and American Studies, from the University of California, Berkeley (2012), and a Master of Arts in Leadership Studies from the University of San Diego (2020). Currently, she is pursuing a Master's in Education in Prevention Science and Practice at Harvard's Graduate School of Education (2021).