Ilaf Esuf

As Policy and Research Analyst, Ilaf Esuf supports the organization’s policy analysis and research activities, along with leading the development of data visualizations and providing programmatic support.

Prior to joining California Competes, Ilaf served as a paralegal for the nation’s leading corporate immigration firm. She specialized in writing-intensive petitions while simultaneously freelance writing in her spare time.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from UC Berkeley.

What motivates you to advance California Competes's mission?

I moved to the United States seeking educational and economic prosperity, which were limited for women in my home country. I dreamt of the opportunities a college degree would present. But upon moving here, I quickly realized it would be a tumultuous path. As an immigrant and first-generation student, I learned to navigate the unwritten rules of a complex, educational system. Now, I hope to alleviate this burden for others so that education can truly be a right, not a privilege. We all deserve an education that shapes sustainable change for our communities.

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