Lucia Ortega Villasana

Placed Leader

Lucia Ortega Villasana

Chief Advancement Officer
ConnectEd: The California Center for College and Career

November 16, 2017

Koya partnered with ConnectEd: The California Center for College and Career on their Chief Advancement Officer search. Our work resulted in the placement of Lucia Ortega Villasana.


Lucia Ortega Villasana, in her professional career, has served as the Director for the Center of Public Service (UC Riverside), National Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations (Hispanic Scholarship Fund), Executive Director of the Berkeley Center For Cosmological Physics (UC Berkeley), Vice President of Advancement for NatureBridge and Chief Advancement Officer (Blue Oak School in Napa Valley).

Villasana has over 22 years of experience in the field of fundraising –  developing and managing public and private sector partnerships, Fortune 100 corporate foundations, national and private community foundations. Through her work in governmental affairs, she earned the title of Principal Investigator within the UC system and received over $20M in competitive grant awards. While at the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, she contributed to the historic National Ad Council’s campaign, Tus Palabras de Hoy, in collaboration with Univision.

Villasana has consulted with the UC statewide program, The Puente Project and has volunteered as a board or committee member with the The Mexican Museum of San Francisco, The Chicana Latina Foundation, Puertas Abiertas and the County of Napa Valley Hispanic Network.

Lucia attended Riverside City College and UC Riverside, with a major in Business and Ethnic Studies.

She lives each day with a reminder that “Si Se Puede” and sees no barriers to what the future holds for underserved students who also believe in higher learning.