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July 7, 2011



College Access Foundation of California today announced the appointment of Andrew Pino as communications officer and board liaison, based in San Francisco, effective immediately.

Pino will have principal responsibility for the foundation’s internal and external communications, and will manage liaison with the foundation’s board of trustees. Assuming a newly created position, Pino will report directly to foundation president Julia I. Lopez.

Previously, Pino served as director of marketing and communications for the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, leading efforts to promote the fund’s scholarship and education programs. From 2003 to 2010, he was at Georgetown University, where he served as director of media relations and a primary spokesperson managing the university’s relations with the news media. He has also held positions with Population Services International and the U.S. Committee for Refugees.

Commenting on the appointment, foundation president Julia I. Lopez said, “We are very pleased to add Andy’s skills and experience to the work of the foundation. Andy will play a key role in helping us tell the story of the challenges and successes of increasing college access and completion in California, as well as share the important lessons we’ve learned in supporting the aspirations of more than 20,000 students from throughout the state.”

Andy Pino said, “I am honored to join College Access Foundation in this new role. As the son of immigrants and a first-generation college graduate, I believe higher education is essential to opening doors and creating opportunities for young men and women across California. I am deeply committed to the foundation’s mission and I look forward to contributing to its important work.”

Pino, 34, received his bachelor’s degree in Foreign Service from the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, and a master’s in Communications, Culture and Technology from Georgetown’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

About College Access Foundation of California
College Access Foundation of California helps California students who have significant financial need attend and complete college. The foundation makes grants to community organizations and programs that offer college preparation and academic support to students, and use foundation dollars to award college scholarships.

Since its inception in 2005, the foundation has made more than $57 million in grants to more than 100 community organizations and education programs throughout California. These organizations in turn have awarded more than 20,000 scholarships to low-income and first-generation students.

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