Mr. Mata returns to ACRAHS #16 after joining the Alliance in the 2014/2015 school year. He is excited and very much looking forward to filling the important role of the 10th and 12th grade College Counselor, helping students prepare to be competitively eligible for admission to postsecondary institutions.
Mr. Mata was born in South Los Angeles and educated in Boyle Heights. He attended East Los Angeles College before transferring to UCLA, where he earned his undergraduate degrees in Sociology and Chicana and Chicano Studies, with a minor in Education Studies. By graduating from college, he opened up the door of opportunity for the rest in his family to follow.
After college, Mr. Mata led a successful management career in banking. Three years into his young career, he decided to change course and follow his true passion working in education.
Previous to working at ACRAHS #16, Mr. Mata worked as a Program Coordinator for Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs and as Director of Parent Engagement and Community Education at the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund, the leading civil rights organization for Latinos in the United States.
Convinced that access to a fair education is the civil rights issues of our time, Mr. Mata decided to go back to school to pursue a Master’s degree in School Counseling from the University of Southern California. With his Master’s degree and wealth of knowledge and experience, Mr. Mata hopes to be an opportunity broker for all of his students.