Tessa De Roy, Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation

TITLE:  Manager

FOCUS AREAS: College Access and Success

CONTACT:  323-999-7161; tderoy@CaliforniaColleges.org

PROFILE: Tessa De Roy is the manager of the Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation’s College Access and Success Initiative. She has been in this role since August 2004. She is also the principal consultant for Urban Resources and the executive director for the California College Guidance Initiative. Her educational background was at UCLA, and she holds an Ed.D. in educational leadership and an M.A. in urban planning.

De Roy’s Foundation for California Community Colleges bio shares:

Ms. De Roy is responsible for strategy, partnership, and fundraising, as well as all core executive management functions that allow the CCGI team to thrive. She brings two decades of experience to this role, with an emphasis on complex, multi-­sector initiatives. Ms. De Roy has spent the last decade focused on issues related to college access and success.

Ms. De Roy received her Educational Doctorate from UCLA in 2011, where she focused on systemic approaches to college readiness and success in the K-­‐16 educational pipeline.

You can read an interview with De Roy on the USC Rossier School of Education website titled “A Funder’s Perspective: The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation” to learn more about her perspective on grantmaking.