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College Is Real Director & Leadership

The leadership for CIR consists of an On-campus Program Director, Executive Director, President and Board of Directors. The Director is located on-campus in the school’s career center and works full-time Monday to Friday during school hours and after school.  The bio for the Director is below.  The CIR president oversees the Director, sets goals for the program, develops strategy and has primary responsibility for fundraising.  The President’s bio is below. The board is comprised of the President and four outside directors, all of whom are also involved in the program as mentors and donors.  Bios for the board members can be clicked on below.


Brad Blake, Founder + President, College Is RealBrad Blake is the founder and president of College is Real. He leads the board of directors and is responsible for the organization’s strategy, fund raising, financial management and overall organization.

In his business pursuits, Mr. Blake co-founded and is managing partner of BHVCP CenterStreet Properties, a private real estate development, investment and services company based in Danville, California. BHVCP develops and acquires residential, retail and mixed-use projects in California.

Prior to forming BHVCP, Mr. Blake was the founder and CEO of Blake Hunt Ventures, one of the leading retail developers in Northern California. Mr. Blake was also the former Chairman and CEO of Western Properties Trust, a publicly-traded REIT, and Senior Vice President of Spieker Properties. Prior to his real estate career he worked for IBM and McKinsey and Company.

Mr. Blake holds a B.A. from Stanford University (1980) and a M.B.A. from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business (1985).

Mr. Blake is on the board of directors of the Bailard REIT and Tony La Russa’s Animal Rescue Foundation.

Read more about Brad Blake and College is Real by the Contra Costa Times


David Millstein, Founder + President, College Is RealDavid Millstein serves as Executive Director of College is Real, Inc. In collaboration with our Board, staff and our many volunteers, David is committed to increase the number of students we serve at Richmond High School and to identify opportunities to improve upon our already successful college readiness model. In this role, David interfaces with the Richmond City Administration, West Contra Costa County Unified School District leaders and other organizations that are focused on expanding our college readiness model to other Richmond schools. David also manages CIR's fundraising process with foundations and corporate donors.

Since his retirement as a PricewaterhouseCoopers partner in 2005 after a 32-year career where he held local, national and global leadership roles, David has served on a number of charity boards, including the Greater Bay Area Make-A-Wish Foundation where he was Board Chair. Among his other activities, David has served on public and private company boards, and was a Senior Director of the Wharton School's Aresty Institute of Executive Education. David has been a mentor to RHS students and a CIR board member since 2011.

A CPA (inactive), David is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School as well as its School of Law and received a Masters in Taxation from the New York University Graduate School of Law. David was an officer in the U.S. Army and a Vietnam veteran.


Angelica Arriaga was born in Lynwood, California and raised in Riverside, California. She recently graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a double major in English and Chicano Studies. She is the first in her family to attend and graduate from a four year university and is extremely passionate about education issues. Before College is Real she was involved with student issues at varying capacities. Throughout her undergraduate career at Berkeley she was dedicated to demystifying higher education for high school students at Lionel Wilson Prep and Oakland Technical High School. Angelica plans on pursuing a career in education to increase the number of minority students on university campuses. She hopes to make a difference as a a teacher and then pursue a Ph.D. in Cultural Studies.