Meet Our Staff

Upward Bound at Occidental College is staffed by four college access advocates and hires College Advisor Aides during the Academic Year.


jesus maldonado

Jesus Maldonado ’00

Program Director
Jesús Maldonado currently serves as the Upward Bound Director at Occidental College in Los Angeles, CA. Jesus brings over 20 years of experience in college access programs. Jesus graduated from...
Horacio Aceves

Horacio Aceves ’03

Assistant Director, Academic Programming
Born and raised in East Los Angeles, Horacio arrived at Oxy in Spring 2009.  In high school, he was a participant in the Upward Bound program at Occidental College. An Oxy graduate, he earned...
William Troche

Xochitl Garcia

Administrative Coordinator
Xochitl is a graduate of the Oxy UB Program; since graduating from high school, she has worked as a Resident Tutor, Resident Advisor, student coordinator, and Senior College Advisor Aide....
Oswaldo Lopez Jr

Oswaldo Lopez Jr.

Assistant Director-Program Operations
Oswaldo Lopez Jr. is a native of the Northeast Los Angeles community of Montecito Heights. He graduated from Abraham Lincoln High School where he was a participant of the Occidental College...