Rebecca C. Villarreal, Ph.D. to Head Education Grantmaking Team
We are excited to announce that Rebecca Villarreal has joined Great Lakes Community Investments division as Director of Education Grantmaking. Villarreal brings with her a wealth of experience in higher education philanthropy. She is passionate about helping students from underrepresented populations gain access to high-quality postsecondary education and succeed through graduation.
I'm excited to have Rebecca bring her experience and expertise to my team," said Amy Kerwin, Vice President Community Investments, She is well-known and respected as a relationship builder and collaborator among higher education funders, researchers and practitioners. And as a first-generation college graduate, she brings an important perspective to this work.
Villarreal arrives at Great Lakes from The Kresge Foundation where she has served as an Education Program Officer for the past three years. Previously, she held administrative, teaching and research positions at the Association of Public & Land-Grant Universities and the University of Maryland, College Park. Villarreal holds M.A. and Ph.D. degrees, both in Education Policy Leadership, from the University of Maryland, College Park. She was also a graduate fellow with Excelencia in Education, a nonprofit organization dedicated to Latino student success.