LifeBound Certified Coach
Jennifer Gomez-Chavez grew up in Hagerman, NM, and is a high school graduate from Artesia, NM. Jennifer has 24 years experience working with low-income, and students from underrepresented backgrounds through her positions with the LULAC National Educational Service Center and the University of New Mexico. She has a B.A. Criminal Justice, a Master’s in counseling, and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership. This year Jennifer is starting her 20th year working at the University of New Mexico. Three years ago, she was named the first director of Student Academic Success for the University. In her role, she leads key strategies for increasing retention and graduation rates. Additionally, she also serves as the director of the Unidos Project, which is a grant that was received in 2011 by the university to increase Latino Student Success within Bernalillo county by working across educational institutions, community organizations, and policy leaders. She has also served on numerous UNM and community committees such as: Provost Committee on Advisement, Provost Committee on Student Academic Success, the Graduation Task Force Student Engagement Committee (Chair), Alliance for Hispanic Serving Institution Educators (Council Member), Excelencia in Education HSI advisory group member, College Goal Sunday (FAFSA) State Coordinator, LULAC UNM adult council advisor, Hispanic Heritage Committee (co-chair) and Multiple Sclerosis Society Government Relations, MANA, etc. She has been recognized nationally by Verizon for her leadership and committed work in education and within the community. This past summer she was given the NM LULAC Educator of the year. Jennifer has spent a lifetime focused on student retention and success, and continues to dedicate her career to create better opportunities for students to have access to college, connect to critical resources, and offer support programs that help guide students to complete their degrees. In her spare time, she enjoys playing the piano, and dances with Festival Ballet Company.