Contra Costa College
Dean of Institutional Effectiveness & Equity
Dr. Mayra Padilla earned a B.S. in Applied Physics from UC Davis and a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from UC Berkeley. She worked as a neuroscientist at the San Francisco Brain Institute, SRI International (formerly the Stanford Research Institute), and Sands Research, Inc. As a result of seeing too few Latin@ and African American scientists, Dr. Padilla returned to her hometown to take on the role of director of HSI STEM & Equity Initiatives at Contra Costa College.