Michael Piña (She/He)

President CEO for Central Valley Scholars

Since an early age, Michael has been passionate about serving her community. She graduated as valedictorian from Kerman High School in 2017, and completed a degree in sociology with high honors from the University of California, Berkeley in 2021. 

As a queer, first generation, and Latinx student, Michael’s passion for educational equity is rooted in her personal experiences. At the age of 19, Michael founded Central Valley Scholars to ensure all students, especially those who are underserved, have a safe and accessible space in education. Michael’s work has been featured in the Fresno Bee, San Francisco Examiner, Telemundo, Univision, and more and has received numerous awards including the Youth Courage Award and Mather Good Citizen Award. Michael carries a deep love for the Central Valley, and her life’s work is dedicated in ensuring all students are supported, catered for, advocated for, and loved. 

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