Miguel Avila

Job title: 
Financial Aid Counselor
Berkeley Hope Scholars

Miguel‘s family is originally from the states of Chihuahua and Durango, Mexico. His father worked as a laborer for over 40 years and his mother raised a family of four children. Miguel graduated from the University of San Francisco in 2006 with a BA in Latin American Studies/Communications and with his Masters in Education in 2016. He was politically active whilst a student there in latinx organizations to address the high attrition rates for latinx students. He went on to work for financial institutions during the economic crisis and educated Spanish speaking clients on how to manage their bank accounts and overall financial literacy in the Fruitvale District in Oakland, CA. Miguel continued his education at USF and pursued a career in student services at UC Berkeley that started in 2014. He has been a financial Aid/Basic Needs Counselor focusing on work with at-promise students and for the past two years has been assisting students to meet their basic needs/ housing insecurity.

Fun Fact: Miguel likes many genres of music, ballads, banda, norteno, hip-hop, R&B, Salsa, 80’s, rock, and the list goes on.