OUR LEADERSHIP

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Andé Peña

Highway to Work & Title IV-E

Program Director

 

has 15 years of experience improving community health outcomes, education opportunities, and economic stability for marginalized youth and their families. She established her career working in the Hijos Del Sol (HDS) Youth Leadership program and was able to travel throughout the nation sharing the Positive Youth Development model with the National Council of La Raza, National Latino Children's Institute, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, and lobbied to U.S. Congress for an increase in funding for preventative programs. She earned her Sociology degree from California State University, East Bay, and is currently completing her MSW. Aside from La Familia, she has worked with the US Department of Housing and Urban Development and in the private business sector in different managerial positions. Andé now serves as the Program Director for Highway to Work where she continues to advocate for justice, education, and family stabilization. Andé later coordinated a Community Outreach Partnership Center under a Federal HUD grant, bringing together strengths of the South Hayward community and CSU, East Bay to improve the economic prospects for residents. After nine years as a VP and General Manager in the private sector, Andé returned to La Familia and is now serving as the Title IV-E Program Director for the Summer and Afterschool Youth Employment and Education Program (SASYEP) where she continues to advocate for justice, education, and family stabilization.