CFES Brilliant Pathways – a global leader in helping students from underserved communities become college and career ready – announces the hiring of Manny Tejeda as Director of Alumni and Program Director. This position is part of CFES’ commitment to engage the 100,000 alums that it has served, in the 200-plus schools across the US and Ireland.

Tejeda, who has worked in higher education for the last 10 years, comes to CFES from the University of Vermont, where he worked as an Associate Director of Admissions overseeing diversity programming and domestic recruitment. His work supported the university’s mission of creating and fostering an increasingly diverse student body, with students hailing from nearly all 50 states.

“We’re delighted to have Manny join the CFES team” said Rick Dalton, CEO & President of CFES Brilliant Pathways. “Manny was a CFES Scholar at one of our NYC schools and played a major role in the diversification of UVM’s undergraduate population by working with our CFES schools in Bronx. We are very fortunate that he will be continuing to help students realize their dreams as the newest addition to the CFES team.”

Tejeda earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration at the University of Vermont. While at UVM, he was able to study abroad and intern for the US-Mexico Chamber of Commerce in Guadalajara, Mexico. As a first-generation college student, Tejeda can relate to many of the challenges faced when navigating the college. He is passionate about working with students to help them develop their skills, build community and learn how to access resources.

For more than 28 years, CFES has worked in concert with schools, colleges and businesses to help students become college and career ready. CFES has worked in 1,500 urban and rural schools across the U.S. and Ireland, helping over 100,000 students gain access to college.