Vice President of Strategic Partnerships & Programming
Atalaya brings 20 years of experience in education and community engagement, working in public school districts and the non-profit sector, to her role as Jumpstart’s Vice President of Strategic Partnerships & Programming. Throughout her career she has focused on bringing schools and communities together to build partnerships focused on supporting children to achieve their potential in school and in life. Prior to joining Jumpstart in 2007, she worked for the Charlottesville City Schools as a School Social Worker and then a School Counselor. In these roles she counseled children, partnered with parents to find solutions for students having academic and social challenges, and trained teachers and other staff in how to effectively support the whole child in an academic setting. She also developed partnerships with community-based organizations to provide students with service-learning opportunities, tutors, and mentors. In addition, Atalaya designed and oversaw afterschool and summer programs focused on supporting African American children’s academic and social growth through culturally relevant programming. Since joining Jumpstart Atalaya has held several positions within the organization. Most recently as Jumpstart’s Regional Vice President in California where she managed both the program and development teams, two local boards, and Jumpstart’s higher education and community-based partnerships across northern, central, and southern California. Prior to that, Atalaya was a Program Director, Senior Program Director and Deputy Director, overseeing program quality, partnership development, government funding, and program growth. In addition, Atalaya has co-founded two community coalitions and represented Jumpstart on numerous community councils, advisory groups, and coalitions focusing on advocating for quality early education, family engagement, engaging older adults in supporting young children, and improved resources for early educators and providers. Atalaya earned a master’s degree in Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University and an undergraduate degree in Sociology from the University of Virginia. She lives in Virginia with her husband, moving back home, after spending 11 years serving communities across California.