Executive Director

Julie brings to The Dominguez Dream a unique blend of education and nonprofit experience.  


After graduating from Notre Dame Law School, she began working in the business sector combining her legal training with her undergraduate and graduate degrees in Communication. During her undergraduate years at Pepperdine she was active in intercollegiate debate and served as Assistant Debate Coach while receiving her Masters. In graduate school Julie also worked as a freelance researcher and reporter for USA Today covering the O.J. Simpson trial.     


In the positions of Account Executive, Strategic Business Manager and Director of Operations Julie acquired extensive experience in marketing, operations, project/program management, strategic planning, and budgeting.


Although she enjoyed her work in the business sector, Julie’s passion is education.  She returned to Pepperdine as an Adjunct Professor and taught public speaking and communication research.


In 2005, she took a position as Assistant Director of Forensics and Public Debate and Full Time Lecturer at the University of Southern California.  In this position, she taught in the Annenberg School, coached novice debaters and organized on campus and rivalry debates—including one with Notre Dame in South Bend.


When the Principal position at her alma mater opened up, Julie took the opportunity to move into Catholic school administration and served as President/Principal at Ursuline High School.  In this role she oversaw academics, business and fundraising.


When the Sisters closed the school to open a charter, Julie then landed in the Diocese of Sacramento as an Assistant Superintendent.  This was a newly created role in a new model of governance whose objective was to keep Catholic schools open by managing the operations and board so that principals could focus on academics. 


In her most recent position as Development and Donor Services Director at PRIDE Industries Julie raised funds to create jobs for people with disabilities. 


Julie is excited to combine her love of education and fundraising experience to serve underserved youth at The Dominguez Dream.


She lives in Woodland, CA and serves as Vice President of The Notre Dame Club of Sacramento. 


Director of Programs

Tanya  oversees the development, assessment, and operations of programs and school partnerships at The Dominguez Dream.

Prior to joining The Dominguez Dream, Tanya was a Counseling faculty member and Transfer Center Director at Merritt College in Oakland, CA for 10 years, where she was responsible for transfer programs, initiatives, and partnerships 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/Counseling from UCLA.