Saúl Valdez is a program officer at ECMC Foundation. He oversees grants that increase college persistence, two-year transfer and bachelor degree completion for students from underserved backgrounds. Prior to joining ECMC Foundation in 2018, Saúl worked with Seattle Foundation's philanthropic advising team where he advised a portfolio of donors and philanthropic partners and managed a youth grantmaking board. Previously, Saúl worked at the Seattle Region Partnership and served as the program manager for the Latin American Association in the state of Georgia. Outside of ECMC Foundation, Saúl serves on the steering committee for the Los Angeles chapter of Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy (EPIP). He is an alumnus of Coro’s LEAD LA fellowship program and Hispanics in Philanthropy’s lideres fellowship program. Saúl holds an MA in public administration with a nonprofit management certificate from the University of Washington and a BS in international business and BA in Spanish from University of Nebraska-Lincoln.