We’d like to acknowledge all the individuals on the Destined for X team who come together to bring every part of this program—from fundraising to logistics to curriculum development and more—together.
We hope that, if admitted into this highly selective program, you enjoy the experience and implement the knowledge, skills, and experiences from Destined for X into your life. We hope that you see the passion we have for empowering others come through in every single aspect of the program.
FOUNDER, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Joshua Mendoza is passionate about empowering others to reach their full potential. This passion comes from his own story coming from a low-income background and—with the help of friends, family, and mentors—going on to graduate from Stanford University and working as an engineer in Silicon Valley. He is also passionate about real estate investing and coaches professionals to reconcile their careers with the legacy they wish to leave behind.
CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
Patricia Morales graduated from UC Irvine, where she studied Social Policy and Public Service as well as Sociology. She is currently working at Facebook as part of the Product Data Integrity team. She enjoys spending time with her friends, exploring new areas, and listening to podcasts.
CO-FOUNDER, PROGRAMMING DIRECTOR
Jason Basuil graduated from Seattle University, where he studied Biology and Psychology. He's been actively involved with The LEAP Foundation as a leadership coach and has a passion for helping others become their best selves. He loves staying active, cooking, journaling, and spending time with his nephew.
Alex Hall graduated from Chapman University with a B.S. in Biological Sciences and a minor in Business Administration. He is passionate about precision medicine and works at Genomic Health, a cancer diagnostics company that provides life changing information to patients and physicians. Alex spends his free time hiking, reading, and exploring San Francisco.
PEOPLE OPERATIONS OFFICER
Ryan Valenzuela graduated from UCR where he received his B.A. in Sociology with a focus on Urban Development & Populations. Ryan moved on from Grand Rounds in October to take some time off to reflect and to hone his skills and interests in Human Resources. He loves roasting coffee beans, comics, and writing poetry.
FERNANDO ESPINO CASAS
BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT OFFICER
Fernando graduated from Harvard University where he studied economics and political science with a minor in Latin American Studies. A Midwestern native, he now works at Edelman, a global PR firm, in the Bay Area as a research analyst performing various types of market research for Silicon Valley tech companies. He loves dancing, cooking, learning new languages, and is an avid fan of all Wisconsin sport teams.
BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT OFFICER
Dominic Williams graduated from San Jose State University, where he studied Industrial Technology and Business. Being the first of his personal network to break into high tech—working as an engineer—he has developed a habit of mentoring students from underrepresented backgrounds so they can do so too. Outside of his career and community involvement, he enjoys spending time with his friendly pitbull, Junior.
SHUN LEI SIN
Shun Lei is currently attending UC Berkeley, double majoring in Business Administration and Economics. Coming from a low-income immigrant background, Shun has a passion to help others as best as she can. She also loves reading people’s responses on Quora, learning about personal finance and investing while challenging herself to be a better version of herself everyday.
MULTIMEDIA PROJECT MANAGER
Andy Acosta is a bilingual teacher at a dual-immersion school in Oakland, CA. He holds his Master's Degree in Education from UC Berkeley where his research was focused on Social Justice and Equity for newcomer students in public education. Andy is passionate about sustainable food, traveling, and photography. Check out his website at pandurria.com
Rachel Yan is a Bay Area-native who graduated from New York City’s Fordham University with a degree in Global Business and concentration in Digital Media & Technology. She recently joined Palo Alto Networks as a Business Planning Market Analyst and is also on the committee for The Millennial Network of Silicon Valley. Outside of work, you can find Rachel playing piano and cello, sparring with her boxing trainer, listening to afrobeats and reggaeton, or on a flight to somewhere new.
Alejandro Pérez is a data driven professional with a passion for empowering people and developing teams. Alejandro graduated from Harvard University with a B.A. in Applied Mathematics and a minor in Computer Science, he now works as a data scientist at Lyft. Away from the desk, Alejandro is an avid cyclist, skier, and picnicker.