Jose J. Rea, M.A. – an immigrant from San Martin Hidalgo, Jalisco, México, arrived in California at the age of 17. He received a high school diploma from Roosevelt Adult School in Los Angeles and an A.A. degree from East Los Angeles College. Jose attended UC Irvine to complete his undergraduate education in Environmental Analysis with minors in Epidemiology & Public Health and Psychology & Social Behavior. He received a Master’s degree in Demographics & Applied Social Analysis also from UC Irvine. Mr. Rea worked in the Minority Science Research Programs for underrepresented students at UCI School of Biological Sciences for 14 years. In 2002 he accepted a position at UCI School of Medicine to develop and implement a new program in Medical Education for the Latino Community (PRIME-LC). In 2016 Mr. Rea retired from UCI and is utilizing his 28-year experience in higher education administration to volunteer in the non-profit sector. He is the Executive Director of the ALMA (Aspire, Learn, Mentor and Achieve) science academy that promotes STEM careers among disadvantaged youth. Jose has served on numerous boards and initiatives in Santa Ana and has dedicated his career and life’s work to championing education, health, environmental issues and policy changes.