Dani Molina

 A native of south central Los Angeles and the first in his family to pursue higher education, Dr. Molina enlisted in the U.S. Army after turning 17. He served from 2000 to 2004 and was honorably discharged as an active duty Specialist (E-4). While in the military, Dr. Molina participated during Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF-1).  He is currently the founding Director of the Veterans Resource Center at the California State University, Los Angeles (Cal State LA). As Director, Dr. Molina manages several programs and services centered on supporting the admissions, enrollment, retention, and graduation of military veterans and other military-affiliated individuals (i.e., active duty, reservists, National Guard, and dependents). Before working for students at Cal State LA, Dr. Molina was Senior Program and Research Manager at the American Council on Education (ACE) in Washington, DC. At ACE, Dr. Molina examined post-9/11 veterans and their higher education experiences and managed a portfolio of projects to build upon the resources and support for military-connected individuals to pursue higher education.  Dr. Molina earned his BA in Latin American and Latino Studies from UC Santa Cruz, graduating summa cum laude. He received his Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Higher Education and Organizational Change from UCLA.