Nina Jazz Torres is the Academic & College Success Manager for Community Coalition (CoCo) and an advocate for education equity. She has been on staff at CoCo since 2018. Nina established the higher education distance learning program for the organization and conducted community outreach to develop relationships with colleges and external organizations. Her efforts helped foster communication on education equity geared toward supporting marginalized communities.
Before coming to CoCo, Nina worked for College Track Boyle Heights and College Track San Francisco, where she provided specialized college support. Besides education, Nina has previously worked in both the immigration law and advocacy fields. She volunteered, interned, and became a full-time employee for the National Immigration Law Center.
A graduate of the University of San Francisco (where she obtained a Master of Arts degree in Human Rights Education), Nina was a recipient of the Hilary Williams Ford Award given to one graduating senior who embodies social responsibility. While pursuing that degree, Nina taught college readiness classes to high school students at College Track San Francisco. She also worked for Larkin Street Youth Services, providing GED and academic instruction to homeless youth, ages 18 – 24.
Nina received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science with a minor in Communications at the California State University, Los Angeles (Cal State LA), becoming the first in her family to attend and graduate college.
Fun Fact: Nina is named after the jazz singer Nina Simone. Her dad named her Nina Jazz.