Malila Becton-Consuegra

Postsecondary Success Program Officer, Bay Area

This pivotal moment in our country’s history makes clear that now is the time to redistribute wealth and prioritize investing in Black, Latinx, and Indigenous communities. I’m excited by the alignment between Stupski’s values and my own, and I’m inspired by our commitment to spend down to seize this tremendous opportunity.

Malila Becton-Consuegra (she/her) is the Bay Area postsecondary success (PSS) program officer at Stupski Foundation. Since joining the Foundation in 2020, Malila has led the implementation of Stupski’s holistic student support, work-based learning, student voice, and policy strategies for postsecondary success in the San Francisco Bay Area. 

Grantmaking Highlights

Malila and the postsecondary success team partner with community-based organizations, postsecondary institutions, and advocates who share the goal of helping to decrease racial disparities in college graduation and close the wealth gap. To do this, they focus on boosting student persistence and living wage career attainment for students of color. 

At the Foundation, Malila has advocated for and implemented Stupski’s internship program to build pathways to philanthropy for young people who are traditionally underrepresented in the field. She is especially grateful for the perspectives that college students and transitional-age youth continually bring to advance the Foundation’s work.

A Career Advancing Student Equity

Malila brings over 20 years of experience working with communities of color via nonprofits and educational institutions focusing on student equity. Before joining Stupski, she worked for over 10 years at the Alameda County Office of Education (ACOE). Her culminating role at ACOE was program manager of college and career for the Research and Accountability Partnerships department. In this role, Malila helped school district leaders identify gaps in achievement among students, often focusing on priority groups such as English language learners, students experiencing homelessness, students in foster care, Black and Latinx students, and students from low-income households. She assisted district leaders in developing plans to address those gaps through improvement science methods. Malila has a background in food justice and youth development as well as college and career counseling and career pathway development. Her breadth and depth of experience weave together to inform her understanding of the multiple factors that go into supporting students and breaking down barriers to access. 

Academic Achievements & Interests

Malila holds a Master of Arts in Counseling from Saint Mary’s College of California with dual specializations in college student services and career counseling. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania. She lives in Oakland, California, with her two children. In her spare time, she likes tending to plants, swimming in oceans, and occasionally dabbling in art and poetry. Her happy place is at the intersection of quality time with loved ones, being in nature, and dreaming up beautiful futures where no one in her community is left behind.