Meet the Staff

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Diego Navarro Founder, Instructor, and Principal Investigator

Diego worked for over twenty years in the high tech industry before founding ACE in 2002.  Diego's commitment to social change grew, in part, from his work as a community organizer for the American Friends Service Committee, a Quaker humanitarian aid organization, while still in college. Learn more about Diego...



Christopher Shockey – Executive Director

Christopher has played a number of roles at ACE since 2006. As Managing Director, he has a hand in every aspect of the organization.


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Dale Boercker – Master Mentor & College Partnerships Academic Liaison

After attending an information session about ACE at Cabrillo College,  Dale decided to attend the first FELI for ACE given at Ben Lomond Quaker Center in the summer of 2006. In 2008 Dale became an ACE Master Mentor and since that time she has taught multiple FELIs and Foundation Courses in California and outside California.


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Natalia Córdoba-Velásquez – Recruitment & Research Coordinator

Natalia works on ACE’s student recruitment, enrollment, and support at Cabrillo College. She also works to inform ACE partner colleges’ student recruitment efforts, drawing on her six years of experience successfully filling ACE cohorts. In addition, Natalia coordinates ACE’s research on student demographics used to track the program’s success.



Nicole Davis – Project Manager

Nicole Davis joined the ACE team in 2012 as our Event and Administrative Assistant. Prior to joining ACE as a staff member, Nicole worked as a student intern for ACE at Cabrillo Community College for 4 years.She has experience working closely with ACE students and has been involved in all aspects of student recruitment, enrollment and completion of ACE cohorts at Cabrillo College.