The Staff

ROXANNE MENDEZ, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Roxanne Mendez is the 5th Executive Director of the Riordan Programs. She has been with the Riordan Programs since 2007, first serving as Associate Director. In addition, she is also certified Career Management Coach. Ms. Mendez was selected for the Next Generation Latino Philanthropy Leaders Program by Hispanics in Philanthropy. In 2015, she was a member of Leadership California for its California Issues & Trends Program; a prestigious, yearlong program for women leaders from across the state of California. Her previous experience includes working in college outreach at the University of Southern California and as grant consultant, establishing a pre-medical school program for underrepresented populations.  Roxanne is a graduate of California State Polytechnic University, Pomona with a B.S. in business administration. She received her graduate degree from the University of Southern California.

MARGIE CRUZ, SENIOR ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMS
Margie Cruz is a graduate of the University of South Florida with a B.S. in English Education with an emphasis in Secondary Education. She received her M.Ed. in Post-secondary Administration and Student Affairs at the University of Southern California. Margie has a wide range of work experience in teaching, programming, advising, recreation, management, and various positions within student affairs. Her interest include initiatives to assist underrepresented and first-generation students, as well as providing a rich student experience.

TANDIA ELIJIO, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMS
Tandia Elijio is a graduate of the University of Southern California with a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology. Prior to coming to the UCLA Anderson School of Management, Tandia gained experience in community outreach, advising, programming, event planning, volunteer management, and conflict resolution. Her interests include assisting underrepresented, first generation students within higher education to succeed.

STEPHANIE GUZMAN, PROGRAM MANAGER
Stephanie J. Guzman is a graduate from California State University Northridge with a B.S. in Family and Consumer Sciences. She continued her education by pursuing her M.S. in Higher Education Administration from Syracuse University. Stephanie has experience working with students, faculty, parents, event planning and community engagement. She has worked in student affairs with diversity and inclusion program, multicultural affairs, career services, student development as well as with non-profit organizations and federal college access and readiness programs. Her passions include working with underrepresented students and creating avenues to bridge the secondary to post-secondary opportunities for marginalized communities.