Annel Aguayo, Director of Development, iMentor

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Annel Aguayo is a fundraising professional of 10 years who is passionate about serving her Bay Area community and making it an equitable place for all. After graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from San José State University, Annel began her career at a social research firm working on a project supporting the Corporation for National and Community Service. She then worked in local government at City of Redwood City and City of Belmont.

Annel made the decision to leave government work to pursue her passion to help people in need and serve her community when she began her career in nonprofit work with Rebuilding Together Peninsula. After spending the first part of her nonprofit career in preserving affordable housing, she changed her focus to education.

Annel recently joined iMentor Bay Area as the organization’s Director of Development. At iMentor, Annel works alongside a team dedicated to building mentoring relationships that empower first-generation students from underserved communities to graduate high school, succeed in college, and achieve their highest ambitions. As the first member of her family to attend and graduate college, Annel is excited to serve at an organization committed to closing the college completion gap for first-generation college students and students of color.








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