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The leadership for CIR consists of a full-time 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.

Program Director
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.



Program Director & Leadership

Brad Blake is founder and president of “College is Real.” The program was founded in the fall of 2005 at Richmond High School.

Mr. Blake is Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of Blake Hunt Ventures (www.blakehunt.com), a private commercial real estate development, investment and services company based in Danville, California. Blake Hunt Ventures has developed over $400 million of retail projects in the Bay Area since 2001. Mr. Blake also is co-founder and managing partner of Quattro Realty Group, LLC (www.quattrorealty.com).

Mr. Blake was the former Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Western Properties Trust from February, 1998 to November, 2000. Western was a publicly-traded real estate investment trust that merged with Pan Pacific Retail Properties in November of 2000. Western owned and operated 55 properties, mostly grocery-anchored shopping centers, encompassing 5.5 million square feet in California, Oregon, Washington and Nevada. Mr. Blake was also formerly Managing Director of Pacific Retail Trust and President of PRT Development Corp. (1996-98), Senior Vice President of Spieker Properties (1993-96), Partner with Spieker Partners (1988-93), and a Project Director with Trammell Crow Company (1985-87). Prior to that 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 a board member of Tony La Russa’s Animal Rescue Foundation, a director of Bailard’s REIT’s, a former member of the Young Presidents Organization and a former Trustee of the International Council of Shopping Centers. He has coached youth soccer for sixteen years and participates in a variety of sports.

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