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Jesus Garcia-Valdez

EOP Coordinator & Native Student Success Advisor

Jesus Garcia-Valdez


(707) 664-2374


Schulz 1114C

Office Hours


Hola! My name is Jesus Garcia-Valdez and I am EOP’s Admissions, Academy & Outreach Coordinator.  I was born in Jalisco, Mexico and  moved to the USA at the age of 10. I am a first-generation, low-income, migrant student. I am the second youngest of seven, yet the first one to graduate high school and receive a college degree. I lived in the Salinas Valley, best known as the World’s Salad Bowl for 15 years. Despite receiving a degree in Business Management, my passion has always been higher education. I started my professional career as an Educational Advising and Retention Specialist for the Educational Talent Search Program, a national TRiO pre-collegiate program. I advised, helped, and encouraged first-generation, low-income and historically disadvantaged students navigate high school and help them create a post-secondary educational plan.

In early 2018, I relocated to Sonoma County and started a new career in higher education as an Admissions, Academy and Outreach Coordinator for the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) at Sonoma State University. I love giving back and helping “my people” break the cycle of poverty by helping them receive a higher education. This experience has helped me discover my true passion for learning and making a difference in the lives of first-generation, low-income and marginalized students.


  • Educate on the EOP benefits and the application process and provide early outreach and recruitment strategies targets towards first-generation, low-income, migrant studentsOversee 

  • EOP Kalmanovitz Academy, maintain academy structure, and provide access to appropriate coursework and core classes for the necessary matriculation of the EOP student population

  • Provide early outreach and recruitment strategies targeted towards first-generation, low-income, migrant students


  • B.S. in Business Administration, concentration in Management and International Business, minor in Spanish Language and Hispanic Cultures, California State University Monterey Bay



Ph.D., B.S.