Our Network Of Members

Bringing together 14 HSIs from across the country with at least 51% Latinx enrollment or in key markets with the goal of building recruiting partnerships with the top employers in the nation.

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Jessica Lane Wilson

San Antonio, TX

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​JESSICA LANE WILSON

San Antonio, TX

Jessica Lane Wilson came to the University of the Incarnate Word in 2015 to serve as the Director of Business Initiatives for the School of Professional Studies. She brought with her many years of experience in university administration, holding a degree in a B.S., in Business Administration, and Marketing, an MBA in Human Resource Management as well as an M.S. in Administration, Justice & Security. In addition, Jessica had twelve years of progressive leadership in customer/student service, relationship development, financial management, counseling, and career development through her various roles as Director of Student Services and Financial Services at the University of Phoenix.

Since 2018, Jessica has held the position of the Director of Career Services for UIW. She serves as the primary liaison between the university, its students, and alumni, and potential employers regionally, nationally, and internationally. She is responsible for developing new contacts with external organizations for expanding employment opportunities for students and alumni.

Mario Vela

San Antonio, TX

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​MARIO VELA

San Antonio, TX

Mario Vela is a double alumnus of The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA), one of the largest Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSI) in the United States and one of 20 tier one HSIs (Carnegie R1). During his time at UTSA, Mario earned his Bachelor of Arts in Sociology & Philosophy and his Master of Science in Sociology. After earning his bachelor’s degree, Mario started his professional career in social services at the non-profit Family Service Association in San Antonio.

Before joining the UTSA University Career Center (UCC), Mario held the role of Director of Partnerships at the Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement (HACE) in Chicago, a leading organization dedicated to the employment, development, and advancement of current and aspiring Latino professionals. After HACE, Mario served as the Director of Employer Relations at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in Chicago. In this role, Mario created, monitored, and evaluated the sustainable development and maintenance of over one thousand recruiting relationships. In 2019, Mario returned to his alma mater to serve as the Executive Director of the University Career Center after nearly a decade in Chicago. As of 2021, Mario is the Assistant Vice-Provost of Career Engaged Learning to advance UTSA’s Classroom to Careers initiatives.

Nicole Rodriguez

Los Angeles, CA

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DR. NICOLE RODRIGUEZ

Los Angeles, CA
Dr. Nicole Rodriguez works at the Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas) as the Organizational Development Manager managing organizational leadership & development for the company with a team of advisors that enhance talent and optimize performance. Before joining SoCalGas in February of 2022, Rodriguez held various senior leadership roles and provided the overall strategic vision for career and workforce readiness at California State University, Dominguez Hills. She is a strategic leader with over 18 years of collective expertise in higher education, inclusive of oversight in areas such as special projects management for executive leadership, career, and workforce readiness, advising, retention, training, and development for student and campus-wide success, talent management, and women's leadership initiatives.  Rodriguez also held an additional role as a Title IX Investigator and Advisor while serving in higher education.

In addition, Rodriguez is a nationally published scholar with expertise in women's leadership in higher education and industry, addressing barriers women face in leadership and dismantling perceptions, attitudes, and assumptions regarding female leaders, as well as women’s experiences in Academia on the path to full professor.

Finally, she is a founding member and an executive board member for the national Hispanic Serving-Institution (HSI), Career Collaborative. Nicole holds a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Fresno State, a Master's in Higher Education Administration, and a Bachelor of Arts in Screenwriting from Loyola Marymount University.

Brian O’Bruba

Merced, CA

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Brian O’Bruba

Merced, CA

Brian O’Bruba currently serves as Executive Director for the Office of Leadership, Service, and Career at University of California, Merced. He has broad leadership responsibility for numerous university operations including career readiness, internships, student leadership, and community engagement services. Brian serves on the executive team for the Division of Student Affairs and provides leadership on issues affecting student success and engagement.

Brian has more than 27 years of experience in leadership roles at institutions such as The Ohio State University, Colorado State University, and the University of Northern Colorado. He is passionate about promoting student development, multicultural competency and fostering student learning outside the classroom. He engages with kindness, humor, and an ever-present goal to support student success. In his spare time, you can find Brian digging for vinyl records in thrift shops, antique malls, and independent record stores.

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Kamara Jackson

Edinburg, TX

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Kamara Jackson

Edinburg, TX
Kamara Jackson joined UTRGV in June 2021 and currently serves as the Director of the Career Center. She brings with her over 14 years of experience in Higher Education, Career Services and Employer Engagement.

Kamara has shared her passion for educating, empowering, and influencing students to identify their purpose and boldly live in their truth.

Her previous roles include serving as the Associate Director of Employer Relations at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Associate Director of Career Services at the Illinois Institute of Technology (Chicago) and as a Career Advisor at her alma mater, Chicago State University. She has a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership with a focus in Higher Administration and a Certificate in Diversity and Inclusion from Cornell University.

Kamara has a heart of a servant leader and believes that everyone has purpose, gifts and contributions that are necessary to change the world’s landscape and leave it better than it was!

Our Network of Members

Bringing together 14 HSIs from across the country with at least 51% Latinx enrollment or in key markets with the goal of building recruiting partnerships with the top employers in the nation.

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Jessica Lane Wilson

San Antonio, TX

Read Bio

​JESSICA LANE WILSON

San Antonio, TX

Jessica Lane Wilson came to the University of the Incarnate Word in 2015 to serve as the Director of Business Initiatives for the School of Professional Studies. She brought with her many years of experience in university administration, holding a degree in a B.S., in Business Administration, and Marketing, an MBA in Human Resource Management as well as an M.S. in Administration, Justice & Security. In addition, Jessica had twelve years of progressive leadership in customer/student service, relationship development, financial management, counseling, and career development through her various roles as Director of Student Services and Financial Services at the University of Phoenix.

Since 2018, Jessica has held the position of the Director of Career Services for UIW. She serves as the primary liaison between the university, its students, and alumni, and potential employers regionally, nationally, and internationally. She is responsible for developing new contacts with external organizations for expanding employment opportunities for students and alumni.

Mario Vela

San Antonio, TX

Read Bio

​MARIO VELA

San Antonio, TX

Mario Vela is a double alumnus of The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA), one of the largest Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSI) in the United States and one of 20 tier one HSIs (Carnegie R1). During his time at UTSA, Mario earned his Bachelor of Arts in Sociology & Philosophy and his Master of Science in Sociology. After earning his bachelor’s degree, Mario started his professional career in social services at the non-profit Family Service Association in San Antonio.

Before joining the UTSA University Career Center (UCC), Mario held the role of Director of Partnerships at the Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement (HACE) in Chicago, a leading organization dedicated to the employment, development, and advancement of current and aspiring Latino professionals. After HACE, Mario served as the Director of Employer Relations at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in Chicago. In this role, Mario created, monitored, and evaluated the sustainable development and maintenance of over one thousand recruiting relationships. In 2019, Mario returned to his alma mater to serve as the Executive Director of the University Career Center after nearly a decade in Chicago. As of 2021, Mario is the Assistant Vice-Provost of Career Engaged Learning to advance UTSA’s Classroom to Careers initiatives.

Nicole Rodriguez

Los Angeles, CA

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DR. NICOLE RODRIGUEZ

Los Angeles, CA
Dr. Nicole Rodriguez works at the Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas) as the Organizational Development Manager managing organizational leadership & development for the company with a team of advisors that enhance talent and optimize performance. Before joining SoCalGas in February of 2022, Rodriguez held various senior leadership roles and provided the overall strategic vision for career and workforce readiness at California State University, Dominguez Hills. She is a strategic leader with over 18 years of collective expertise in higher education, inclusive of oversight in areas such as special projects management for executive leadership, career, and workforce readiness, advising, retention, training, and development for student and campus-wide success, talent management, and women's leadership initiatives.  Rodriguez also held an additional role as a Title IX Investigator and Advisor while serving in higher education.

In addition, Rodriguez is a nationally published scholar with expertise in women's leadership in higher education and industry, addressing barriers women face in leadership and dismantling perceptions, attitudes, and assumptions regarding female leaders, as well as women’s experiences in Academia on the path to full professor.

Finally, she is a founding member and an executive board member for the national Hispanic Serving-Institution (HSI), Career Collaborative. Nicole holds a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Fresno State, a Master's in Higher Education Administration, and a Bachelor of Arts in Screenwriting from Loyola Marymount University.

Brian O’Bruba

Merced, CA

Read Bio

Brian O’Bruba

Merced, CA

Brian O’Bruba currently serves as Executive Director for the Office of Leadership, Service, and Career at University of California, Merced. He has broad leadership responsibility for numerous university operations including career readiness, internships, student leadership, and community engagement services. Brian serves on the executive team for the Division of Student Affairs and provides leadership on issues affecting student success and engagement.

Brian has more than 27 years of experience in leadership roles at institutions such as The Ohio State University, Colorado State University, and the University of Northern Colorado. He is passionate about promoting student development, multicultural competency and fostering student learning outside the classroom. He engages with kindness, humor, and an ever-present goal to support student success. In his spare time, you can find Brian digging for vinyl records in thrift shops, antique malls, and independent record stores.

Kamara Jackson headshot

Kamara Jackson

Edinburg, TX

Read Bio

Kamara Jackson headshot

Kamara Jackson

Edinburg, TX
Kamara Jackson joined UTRGV in June 2021 and currently serves as the Director of the Career Center. She brings with her over 14 years of experience in Higher Education, Career Services and Employer Engagement.

Kamara has shared her passion for educating, empowering, and influencing students to identify their purpose and boldly live in their truth.

Her previous roles include serving as the Associate Director of Employer Relations at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Associate Director of Career Services at the Illinois Institute of Technology (Chicago) and as a Career Advisor at her alma mater, Chicago State University. She has a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership with a focus in Higher Administration and a Certificate in Diversity and Inclusion from Cornell University.

Kamara has a heart of a servant leader and believes that everyone has purpose, gifts and contributions that are necessary to change the world’s landscape and leave it better than it was!

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