Mayra Llamas

Executive Director, Mayra Llamas
Executive Director, Mayra Llamas

Mayra Llamas currently serves as the Executive Director of the Community Resource and Retention Centers at the University of California Davis.

She is an inspirational scholar-practitioner leader with more than 20 years of working with and for students. Mayra is a daughter of farmworkers, 1st generation college student, and a mother, originally from Juchitlan, Jalisco, Mexico. Her cultural awareness is informed by her upbringing being raised bi-culturally in both Mexico and Northern and Central Valley of California.

She is the proud recipient of public education holding a B.S. in Management and International Entrepreneurship from CSU Monterey Bay, an M.A. in Education with an emphasis in Counseling from San Jose State University, and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from UC Davis.

Mayra’s approach to higher education work is grounded in research and the power of personal narratives/ testimonio, Chingona knowledge, and self-efficacy. 

Her years of experience working for student-initiated and student-run frameworks has shaped her understanding of student leadership and advocacy. Mayra’s ultimate goal in higher education is to enhance the student experience of those who are most marginalized and/or underrepresented. 

4 fun facts about Mayra: Succulent grower, Sagittarius, Halloween Queen, enjoys cooking with her instant pot pressure cooker!

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