Meet Our Staff
Alma Martinez has over 16 years of experience in holistic academic advising and student advocacy in both academic and student affairs. Alma joined UC Davis in 2003 serving as the academic counselor in the Department of Chicana/o Studies and as the Coordinator, Chicana/o & Latina/o Student Affairs. Alma has a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley in Development Studies and an M.A. in Leadership in Social Justice. Alma is from the Bay Area and enjoys sports, music, dancing, and singing although she claims can barely carry a note.
Alma officially joined the AB540 & Undocumented Student Center on March 1st, 2019 as the Interim Director for a six-month appointment.
Ignacio was raised primarily in Pennsylvania and studied philosophy, psychology, and political science as an undergraduate student. Nacho then completed a Master of Arts degree in Ohio while working with living-learning communities at Oberlin College, student conflict resolution at the University of Michigan, and student success at The Leadership Center outside of Los Valles, Honduras. After this, Ignacio served as a Resident Director and point-person for undocumented student support at The Evergreen State College before starting at UC Davis. As a proud Latinx, trans* person of color (TPOC) in higher education, they are passionate about advocating for, empowering, and cultivating kinship with underserved students towards liberation. Outside of work, you’ll find Nacho working in the community and exploring the natural and musical environments around them.
Manolo Cirilo Santos
Portfolio: Volunteer Coordinator
Manolo is a first year History major. He is a first generation college student. Born in General Pascual Fuentes, Oaxaca, México. He came to the United States at four years old. His aim is to provide help and support to his peers within the community. He is responsible for training students who would like to volunteer at the center, as well as answering any questions to the best of his ability. Feel free to contact him or stop by the center and say hi!
Fun Fact: Manolo was literally born on a couch.