Michele Siqueiros grew up in Los Angeles, the daughter of seamstress who immigrated to this country from Mexico and a second-generation Mexican American father who worked as a press operator for the U.S. Navy for 40 years. She was the first in her family to go to college making her passionate about the power of college to change lives and the influence of policy making to expand or constrain opportunities for others like her.
As the executive director for The Campaign for College Opportunity, Siqueiros works to expand access and success in college for California students. With her leadership the Campaign has assembled a statewide network of over 12,000 coalition supporters, involved over 50,000 young people and their families through the “Save Me a Spot in College” and “I’m One in A Million” scholarship contests awarding over $670,000 in scholarship dollars, released reports on the impact to the California economy and educated workforce needs, and sponsored and passed legislation to increase access to Pell Grants and promote college awareness for middle school students. This year, the campaign has led the effort for historic transfer reform that will make it easier for students to transfer from any California community college to the California state university system. In addition, Siqueiros has helped launch a public awareness campaign directed at the next Governor of California called “One Million More College Graduates by 2025” to ensure attention on the critical priorities for higher education in our state by gubernatorial candidates Jerry Brown and Meg Whitman.
Siqueiros has dedicated her career to advising local policymakers and managing organizational partnerships as senior project coordinator with the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment in the City of Los Angeles, founding program manager for Public Allies-Los Angeles, and assistant director of constituency services for the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials Educational Fund. From 2005-10, Siqueiros served as an appointee of Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa for the Board of Neighborhoods overseeing the citywide system of neighborhood councils. In 2008, La Opinion newspaper named her one of Los Angeles’ Mujeres Destacadas (Outstanding Woman) for her extraordinary leadership in education.
In 2010, Siqueiros was honored at the Pitzer College Annual Chicano/Latino Student Scholarship Benefit. She currently serves on the Institute for Higher Education Policy, Alliance for a Better Community, and the Chicano Latino Youth Leadership Project Board of Directors and is on the California Health Workforce Alliance Steering Committee and the PTA of her children's school.
Siqueiros graduated from Pitzer College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political studies with Honors in Chicano/a Studies. She received her Master of Arts in Urban Planning from the University of California, Los Angeles. She lives in the City of Los Angeles with her husband, a local high school social studies teacher, and her two children.