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Rebecca Villarreal

Director – Education Philanthropy
Leading Ascendium’s Education Philanthropy team to elevate opportunities for learners from low-income backgrounds so they can better achieve their postsecondary educational and career goals.

Rebecca Villarreal is Ascendium’s Director - Education Philanthropy, where she leads the team’s grant activities from developing and refining grantmaking priorities to oversight of the grantmaking and grants management teams. She joined the organization in 2018.

Previously, she served as a program officer on the education team at The Kresge Foundation, located in Troy, Michigan. She has also held positions with the Association of Public & Land-grant Universities, the University of Maryland-College Park, Excelencia in Education, and the National Association of College Admission Counseling.

Raised in Metro Detroit, she earned Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Arts degrees in Higher Education Administration from the University of Maryland-College Park. She also earned a Bachelor of Journalism degree in Strategic Communications from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

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