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
Jesus Maldonado brings over 10 years of experience in college access programs. Prior to joining the Upward Bound team, Jesus served as the Director of the Neighborhood Partnership Program (NPP)...
Horacio Aceves

Horacio Aceves ’03

Academic Coordinator
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...
Leonel Sanchez

Leonel Sanchez

Program Manager
Leonel was born and raised in North East LA in the neighborhood of Cypress Park. He attended Lincoln High School and was a participant of the Occidental College Upward Bound program as a student...
Oswaldo Lopez Jr

Oswaldo Lopez Jr

Administrative Coordinator
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...