Veli Waller received a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Business from UCLA and a teaching credential from California State University at Hayward. Veli is a certified Career & College Advisor; receiving her certification through UC Berkeley Extension. After teaching in the classroom, she then spent 15 years working in the Supplemental Education Industry in a variety of capacities. Initially she began running after-school tutoring centers. She worked closely with parents, students and teachers to ensure each child’s needs were being met. Veli then went on to manage a region of educational centers and to provide training and development for staff throughout California. Veli joined the Ed Fund in 2012 and as the College Access Manager, led the financial aid campaign which resulted in an increase in completion of financial aid applications from 33% to 67% across West Contra Costa Unified School District. She has developed and delivered college access workshops to students, parents and community partners. Veli is passionate about helping students develop to their potential. Veli grew up in El Cerrito and is a product of WCCUSD schools.