Director of Programs

Tanya Ilarde is the Director of Programs for The Dominguez Dream. She oversees the development, assessment, and operations of programs and school partnerships.

Prior to joining The Dominguez Dream, Tanya was a Counselor, Instructor, and Transfer Center Director at Merritt College in Oakland, CA for 10 years, where she was responsible for transfer programs, initiatives, and relationships with four-year colleges and universities. One of the programs she is most of proud of is a collaboration with U.C. Berkeley on a National Institute of Health grant to support underserved students in STEM majors through academic advising and research opportunities . She has also been part of the Counseling faculty at Santa Monica College and Moorpark College.

Tanya also served as UCLA Undergraduate Admissions' first Northern California regional representative and Director of Outreach for The Princeton Review Los Angeles, where she was responsible for local outreach and marketing initiatives, including developing university and corporate partnerships. She has consulted for organizations, such as U.C. Berkeley's Center for Educational Partnerships and College of the Canyons/California Regional Consortium for Engineering Advances in Technical Education (CREATE).

She has coordinated college fairs, conferences, and presented and participated in panels at events, such as UC Berkeley’s College Information Day, CSU Counselor Conference, and the National Hispanic College Fair.


Tanya received her Bachelor's degree in Psychology, with a minor in Ethnic Studies from U.C. Berkeley and her Master's degree in Education from UCLA.