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Inez J. Barragan, Project Director 
Inez is a first generation college graduate with 20+ yrs. experience working to advance Latinx and other underrepresented students into STEM careers, under all three CA higher Ed systems: CSU, UC and Community Colleges. She has lived in Michoacán Mexico and northern CA for most of her life; loves spending free time with family and friends, hiking, cycling, cooking, attending basketball games, concerts, swing dancing and watching movies.

Contact: (408) 855-5060;

Lusyna Narvaez, Grant Office Coordinator
Lusyna helps take care of all administrative and processing duties for the HSI STEM and the AANAPISI grant, Prior to coming on board with HSI-STEM, Lusyna was the interim Sr. Administrative Assistant for AANAPISI. Lusyna graduated from Mission College in 2015 with an A.S in Early Childhood Development; graduated with her B.A in Human Development specializing in Early Childhood and Adolescents from Pacific Oaks College in 2017. She recently finished Master's degree also at Pacific Oaks College in Leadership in Education and Human Services in July of  2018. Lusyna enjoys spending quality time with her 2 yr.-old daughter Islah and husband Lionel. 

Contact: (408) 855-5526;

Mario Flores, HSI-STEM High School Outreach Coordinator
Mario is from Chualar, CA, a former CAMP student at CSUMB where he worked directly with first-generation, migrant, low income freshmen to provide a smooth and welcoming transition from HS to college life. More recently, Mario worked for Santa Clara University, responsible for supporting various student employment processes and implementing policies affecting nearly a 2000 SCU student workforce. In his free time, Mario enjoys spending time with his wife and newborn daughter, loves sports, watching movies, and being outdoors.

Contact: (408) 855-5059;

Raiida Thompson, HSI-STEM Transfer Alliance Coordinator 
Raiida has an extensive background in grant program development and higher Ed. as an instructor. Formerly, she managed the internship program at NASA/Ames, moved onto Career Counseling for the College of Engineering at San Jose State University (SJSU). In her new role, Raiida is developing the Mission College partnership with CSU East Bay, working closely with STEM Faculty, counselors and transfer experts from both sites, plus oversee “transfer-bridge” experiences for STEM majors. In her free time, Raiida likes running trails, biking, hiking, reading, attending a live event e.g. theater, music, opera, ballet, tasting craft beer or wine with good friends, plus traveling near and far.

Contact: (408) 855-5366;


Julian Martinez, HSI STEM Workforce Experience Coordinator - Julian’s inspiration and passion for helping Latinx and other underrepresented students succeed as STEM students and professionals is rooted in his upbringing in El Paso, Texas and career as an Electrical Engineer.  Having realized his dream of traveling the world as a senior Engineer with the Department of the Navy, Julian sought out ways to pass on the opportunities that his education provided him.  During his career, Julian has served on Industry Advisory Boards, Board of Directors, tutoring programs and role model for STEM students and related programs such as MESA, SHPE, NAMEPA and MEPs.  As the Minority Engineering Program director at Colorado School of Mines, Julian increased enrollment, persistence and matriculation of underrepresented students dramatically.  He also developed, piloted and directed an award-wining program that shifted the methods and relationships between student recruitment and hiring among STEM industries. Upon completion of a graduate degree from the University of Colorado, Boulder, Julian relocated to the Bay area and now calls Oakland his home.  He has held STEM focused positions in nonprofits, Community Colleges and the UC system, all aimed at increasing the number of minority students entering the workforce.  Julian is an accomplished ultra-marathoner, enjoys craft beer, cooking and spending time with friends and family.

Julian’s Contact info: (408) 855-5218; Email:

Brian Goo, HSI-STEM Research Analyst
Brian holds a degree in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology from UC Irvine and an M.Ed. in Higher Education from Loyola University, Chicago. He’s worked as an Academic Advisor, has coordinated articulation processes, taught first year seminar courses and served as the STEMCore Coordinator at Mission College prior to joining the HSI-STEM team. Brian is passionate about our students’ experience within the sciences and has a strong desire to help them reach their goals through the HSI-STEM Project. He’s also a northern CA native, from Manteca, CA, using his free time to hike, SCUBA dive, go on long distance bike rides, spend time on the beach and travel internationally.

Contact: (408) 855-5261;