With a distinguished career of thirty years in non-profit, public service oriented university-based senior management, Andrés E. Jiménez is President and CEO of Achievement Trust - Fundación Lograr, a non-profit, independent group dedicated to achieving college success for students from immigrant families. Recently, Jiménez is serving as Project Director for the US Office at UC Santa Cruz for the Latin American Social Science Council (Consejo Latinoamericano de Sciences Sociales - CLACSO) Inter-American Working Group on Latin American and Caribbean Migration to the United States, in conjunction with the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana - Xochimilco in Mexico City, Mexico and the Center for Hemispheric Studies of the United States (CEHSEU) of La Universidad de la Habana in Havana, Cuba. The Chicano-Latino Research Center (CLRC) of the University of California, Santa Cruz is hosting and sponsoring the USA Office Associate Member Office of the CLACSO Inter-American Working Group. He previously served three years as Director of the California Program on Opportunity and Equity (CalPOE) and sixteen and a half years as Director of the California Policy Research Center (CPRC) programs at the University of California (UC) system. Working from his office in Berkeley, California, Jiménez has researched and written about society and politics in the United States and Mexico, U.S. race and ethnic relations, U.S. immigration policy, and U.S.-Latin American relations. While at the University of California, he has participated in numerous program evaluation committees and recently served as external evaluator for the federal 5-year Title V Hispanic Serving Institution Development Grant awarded to California State University, Long Beach. Fluent in both the English and Spanish languages, he has published commentaries in the New York Times, the Los Ángeles Times, La Opinión, and the San José Mercury News. His analysis and commentaries have also been aired on National Public Radio, Pacifica Radio, the British Broadcasting Service, the Univisión Network, and the Telemundo Network. Born in Los Ángeles, California, Jiménez received his BA in politics and Latin American studies from University of California at Santa Cruz, and pursued doctoral studies in political science at the University of California, Berkeley.
Before joining CPRC, Jiménez coordinated research programs at the Institute of International Studies and the then Institute for the Study of Social Change at the University of California, Berkeley for more than a decade. His numerous professional and public service activities include service as member of the State Advisory Council of the Center for California Studies at California State University, Sacramento and the Advisory Council of the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC). He has participated on the editorial committees of the Harvard Journal for Hispanic Policy and the Journal of Hispanic Higher Education. Jiménez was twice elected to the Policy Council for the Association of Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM) for the 1994-1998 and 2001-2005 terms. He participated for five years as member of the national APPAM Diversity and Equity Committee that he founded and chaired for its first three years. He also served on the Advisory Board for a major RAND Corporation study of the effects of large-scale immigration on California, the Board of Directors of the International Institute of the East Bay, and the Newcomers Task Force of Contra Costa County, which he also chaired. From 2008 to 2011, Jiménez was elected to the UC Santa Cruz Alumni Council, also serving as founding chair and coordinating committee member of the UC Santa Cruz Latino Alumni Network (LAN). In 2009 and 2010, he was elected to the California Democratic Party Central Committee, representing the 14th Assembly District.
Public Lecture Topics
- Pathways to the PhD for Students from Underrepresented Communities,Washington DC National Conference on Diversity in Sciences
- Building a Mexico-US Binational Teacher Corps, Binational Symposium on Education, Monterrey, Mexico
- Re-emergence of Mexican Influence in California, San Francisco World Affairs Council
- The Equity Challenge in California Higher Education after Proposition 209, Berkeley Campus Assembly
- Mexican Political Identities in the New California, Commentary, UC San Diego conference on new perspectives in Ethnic Studies
- The Steps to Immigrant Integration in California, San Rafael chapter, World Affairs Council
- The Mexico-US Border: Boundary or Linkage?, San Jose Art Museum Undergraduate Admissions in the Post-209 World, Testimony into the US Civil Rights Commission
- Latinos and Public Policy in California: An Agenda for Opportunity. editor and co-author of introduction with David Lopez. Berkeley Public Policy Press: Berkeley, 2003.
- "The New Latino Civil Rights Agenda" with Patricia Gandara, in Latino Civil Rights. Harvard University Press: Cambridge. Gary Orfield, editor, 1998.
- "Making the Farm Worker's Life Even Harder," New York Times. October 10. commentary co-authored by Manuel Garcia y Griego. 1997.
- "California's Racial Divide" San Jose Mercury News. September 21. feature commentary. 1994.
- "Towards a Humane National Policy on Immigration" Hispanics in Philanthropy News. Summer 1994.
- "Mexico: Why Tragedy May Lead to Political Transformation" San Jose Mercury News. March 27, 1993.
- "6 Million Californians Can't All be Wrong" Commentary, Los Angeles Times. October 27, 1989.
- "Latinos in the California Economy" with Alex M. Saragoza in The Challenge: Latinos in a Changing California. UC MEXUS and SCR 43 Task Force (also co-editor of the entire volume). 1986.
- "Living Up the Street: Coming of Age in Post-World War II California," Feature Review in Lector Recommendations.
- Rodolfo Acuña, Anything But Mexican, Verso Press
- Rodolfo Acuña, Occupied America: A History of Chicanos, Harper and Row
- Laura Gómez, Manifest Destinies: The Making of The Mexican American Race, New York University Press
- Chalmers Johnson, Nemesis: The Last Days of the American Republic, Metropolitan Books
- Carey McWilliams, California: The Great Exception, University of California Press
- David Montejano, Anglos and Mexicans in the Making of Texas, University of Texas Press
- Martín Sánchez-Jankowski, Islands in the Street, University of California Press