Zuleika Godinez is the Policy Coordinator for the Ensuring Opportunity Campaign
to End Poverty in Contra Costa. Most recently, as a graduate student, she served as a Policy Fellow for the Center for Community Change
in Washington, D.C., where she worked with advocacy, labor and research organizations to improve economic outcomes for low-income families and communities of color.
Prior to attending graduate school, Zuleika was the Youth Program Associate at the James Irvine Foundation
where she engaged in strategic grantmaking to increase the number of low-income youth in California who earn a postsecondary credential. She has also served as a Program Coordinator at Next Generation Scholars
, a comprehensive academic and wrap-around social service program in Marin County. There, she created and taught culturally competent curricula to middle school students and facilitated parent workshops on college access. She has also worked with day labor organizations and educational equity for immigrant families in Southern California.
Zuleika holds a Master’s in Public Policy from the University of Michigan and a B.A in Public Policy Analysis and Sociology from Pomona College. She was also a fellow at Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz School of Public Policy and Management through the Public Policy and International Affairs program.