Maria Espinosa Booth

pnet-bio-espinosaEspinosa Booth — who was named Chief Programs Officer last December — joined the Fulfillment Fund in 2000 and was the Vice President of programs for three years prior to her recent promotion.

Under her leadership more than 2,000 Fulfillment Fund students growing up in L.A.’s educationally and economically under-resourced communities have the opportunity each year to access critically-needed classroom instruction, mentoring, one-on-one financial aid and college counseling, experiential learning opportunities, including tours of college and universities around the country and Destination College, an annual, daylong college fair and workshop which enables students to experience college life.

Espinosa Booth has been instrumental in expanding the Fulfillment Fund’s programs to serve more students, as well as improving the Fulfillment Fund’s evaluation, data and collection standards to better serve students, volunteers and families. Under her leadership, the Fulfillment Fund’s graduation and college matriculation rates have risen steadily. More than 90 percent of Fulfillment Fund high school graduates go on to college, compared to only about half of students from low-income communities nationwide. Whereas nationally, only 33 percent of students from low-income communities who enroll in four-year colleges graduate, more than 70 percent of Fulfillment Fund scholars do.

In addition to leading programs, Espinosa Booth plays a key leadership role in the organization’s external affairs, managing program partnerships and relationships in the community. In 2012, the Fulfillment Fund expanded services to Nevada, where it is now serving hundreds of students in two high schools.

A native of the Los Angeles area, Espinosa Booth received a B.A. in History from the University of California, Los Angeles. An active community volunteer, she is a member of the Luminary Circle of the Step Up Women’s Network as well as an Educational Advisory Member for Communities in Schools, Los Angeles.