Associate Board

The First Graduate Associate Board is a group of emerging leaders who dedicate their time, resources, and networks to raise awareness and support the mission of First Graduate as it seeks to help local youth become the first in their family to graduate from college. Our key objectives are working with First Graduate on network expansion, especially among young professionals, fundraising, and strategic projects and general support.

Ava Chang

Ava works on the Strategy team at Uber, where she focuses on global customer experience strategy across Rides, Eats, and emerging businesses. Prior to this, she spent a year working in Dubai and investing in hospitals for lower middle income populations across South Asia and Africa. Outside of work and First Graduate, you can find Ava running / playing tennis, exploring new neighborhoods and various food scenes, and planning new travel excursions. She graduated from Wellesley with a BA in Computer Science.

Liana Hsu

Liana is a Bay Area native and UC Davis graduate. She currently works at Stanford as a researcher, running clinical trials in the latest advancements in Type 1 Diabetes technology. Liana lives in the Upper Haight area in San Francisco and loves taking walks around the neighborhood, admiring the Victorians and their eclectic color schemes. When she’s not working or gawking at houses, she enjoys baking, expanding her plant collection, playing with her pup, and hiking up mountaintops.

Shreya Tanna

Shreya is a Product Specialist at Udemy, an EdTech startup in San Francisco. She graduated from USC in 2016 and moved up to the Bay Area shortly after — aside from the June gloom, she prefers Northern California. Outside of work, Shreya is an avid baker, amateur runner, and budding plant mom.

Elizabeth Tish

Elizabeth works as a Credentialing Manager at Summit Public Schools. A first generation college graduate, she has a BA in Public Policy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Go Heels!) and a MA in Policy, Organization, and Leadership Studies from the Stanford Graduate School of Education. Elizabeth lives in the Outer Richmond District in San Francisco and loves to try new restaurants and explore Golden Gate Park when she’s not working. Elizabeth is so excited to learn from and with the First Graduate community as a member of the Associate Board!A first generation college graduate, 

Cesar Zamora

Cesar Ivan Zamora is a First Graduate Alumni (FG7) and San Francisco Bay Area native, who has seen and benefited from programs focused on serving underserve communities, therefore he is motivated by the support he received and looks forward to supporting First Graduate continue break barriers. Recently, Cesar has received his Master of Science in Biopharmaceutical Process Engineering from Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia after completing his Bachelor’s background in Biology with a dual minor in Chemistry and Spanish from Whittier College in Southern California. Due to becoming fond of research early in his undergraduate career, Cesar now serves as a Process Development Associate at Sangamo Therapeutics investigating novel therapeutics in the biotech field.

In Cesar’s downtime he enjoys activities such as training in dance and sports, as well as learning new subjects. His current interests include learning more about personal and corporate finance which has been getting him through the shelter in place downtime.

A random fun fact about Cesar is that he has attended 11 different schools in his educational career.

Cynthia Zhao

I am so excited to join the team at First Graduate! I was born in Hubei, China and in my early childhood spent a few years each in Montreal, Canada and Chicago, Illinois, but have now lived in the Bay Area for 18 years! My parents immigrated to the US to pursue careers in Tech. I attended college at UC Berkeley where I majored in Environmental Economics and Legal Studies. Post college, I started my career in consulting at PwC and am now a Senior Program Manager at Zendesk where I help our acquired companies integrate and continue to grow through Sales and Marketing initiatives.

Outside of work, I love spending time with friends & family, practicing yoga, planning travel experiences, and being auntie to the dogs in my life! I am passionate about helping students, where I can, gain equal access to education and I am so excited to join the team at First Graduate! Excited to meet you all (virtually), and hopefully sometime in person in the near future!

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