Sylvia Juárez-Magaña SVL Advisory Board Member

February 20, 2021

Sylvia Juárez-Magaña SVL Advisory Board Member

Silicon Valley Latino is delighted to introduce our latest Advisory Board Member - Sylvia Juárez-Magaña

Sylvia was born and raised in Indio, CA.  From early on, she engaged in her community.  She was part of various clubs and ASB at Indio High and active in her church, Our Lady of Perpetual Help.  Her commitment led her to attend U.C. Berkeley and continue her engagement there through campus organizations and her sorority, Alpha Epsilon Phi.  She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in English with a minor in Chicano Studies.  Ms. Juárez-Magaña later was selected to be National Urban Fellow and received her Master’s in Public Administration in 2007 from Baruch College in New York City.


Early in her professional career, she worked for finance companies like Bank of America and Salomon Smith Barney by promoting their customer service and consumer products.  These influenced her interest in compliance and accountability when working within education and related projects.  


Her twenty-year plus experience in the education field has included partnering with the University of California, U.C. Berkeley, U.C. Davis, San Bernardino Valley College and Crafton Hills College to name a few.  This includes scholarship organizations like the Coca-Cola Scholarship, the Hispanic Scholarship Fund and supporting coordination with the U.C. Berkeley Bears in the Desert and the California Alumni Association scholarships.  


Ms. Juárez-Magaña strives to help first-generation, immigrant communities through her education consultant business, Juarez Consulting Inc.  Her business has afforded her the opportunity to help leaders with their ‘concepts to execution’.  She ushers innovative ideas to implementation into the strategic plans that promote college readiness within communities of color.  Her passion for education has made her an expert in creating content for college preparation in recent projects like podcasts and listener driven development and activities.  Her commitment is tied to promoting admissions to competitive universities to all students and their families.  


During her fellowship with the National Urban Fellows, she engaged in municipal work in the City of Coachella. Her corporate experience early in her professional life helped strengthen her strategic planning skillset. She maintains ties to multiple post-secondary institutions and organizations statewide and nationally.  She has collaborated with the ACT testing company, MOSTe, Great Minds in STEM, and the California Community College System and Foundation.  


All her projects work to close achievement gaps in populations that need specialized support for college readiness. She has supported school districts by engaging universities to consider students from their area and providing counseling teams resources catered to their communities including undocumented students and individuals with disabilities.  


Sylvia is a devoted wife and mother.  Her husband, Arturo Magaña, has dedicated his career to advancing laser technology and its influence in research.  Their sons, Cristian & Josh, are their proudest achievements. They strive to be the supportive parents that Fidel and Margarita Juárez have been to Sylvia and her sister, Niza Juárez -Hall.  


We are also excited to announce that Sylvia will co-produce and co-host with our founder Alex Ontiveros the upcoming SVL Latino Leaders Virtual Fireside Chats. Our first in the series will feature our friend, SVL Advisory Board Member and Creo En Ti Champion, Tony Quintero.


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