As the College Access Manager at LA Promise Fund, Hector Pimentel will work closely with Westbrook, Centennial, and New Designs Charters-Watts high schools by helping black students identify their career goals and dream schools and prepare them with financial literacy and college preparation workshops.
During his college career at UC Davis and the University of Southern California, Pimentel actively advocated for education equity initiatives and organizations. In these institutions, he practiced community development through residential life. In collaboration with college prep and access programs, Pimentel educated immigrant families on the benefits of higher education and worked with undocumented and migrant Latinx communities in Bakersfield, CA—partnered with Youth 2 Leaders Education Foundation to provide college readiness tips to these communities.
As a graduate student at USC, Pimentel worked in Residential Education, assisting international and first-generation college students with campus resources to improve student persistence and retention. Pimentel is fully committed to continuing his efforts to promote educational opportunity and equity for historically marginalized students to enhance student retention and persistence.
Pimentel’s favorite books are Divergent, The Summer I Turned Pretty, and Twisted Fate. During his downtime, he enjoys writing songs, baking choco-flan, running, and hiking around nature.
Pimentel reflects on his 10-year-old self who is happy to know he mentored others in ways he wished someone did for him when he was younger and full of dreams.