Zuleika Godinez, Program Officer
Zuleika joined the Foundation’s program team in 2019. Previously, she was the Policy Manager for Ensuring Opportunity Campaign to End Poverty in Contra Costa, a policy and advocacy initiative housed at the Richmond Community Foundation. In this role, Zuleika worked with local elected officials, government agencies and non-profits, as well as faith leaders, businesses, labor and philanthropy, in a collective effort to ensure all county residents have what they need to thrive.
She has also served as Youth Program Associate at the James Irvine Foundation, working to increase the number of low-income youth in California who earn a postsecondary credential; as a Policy Fellow at the Center for Community Change in Washington, D.C.; and as a Program Coordinator at Next Generation Scholars, an educational nonprofit that serves disadvantaged youth and families in Marin County.
Zuleika holds a master’s degree in Public Policy from the University of Michigan and a bachelor’s degree in Public Policy and Sociology from Pomona College. She currently serves on the board of Next Generation Scholars.