Ana A. Beltran
Ana Beltran was appointed to the California Student Aid Commission by Governor Jerry Brown as a representative of California’s secondary school system. She quickly emerged as a leader, becoming vice-chairwoman of the Commission and chairwoman of the Commission’s Personnel, Evaluation and Nominations (PEN) Committee during her first term. Ms. Beltran is a former Cal Grant recipient with a clear understanding of the importance of college financial aid for low-income and first-generation students. She has more than 10 years of experience as a teacher at a private Catholic high school, counselor, and mentor working directly with students in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). Ana has served as an educational project manager, youth crisis intervention specialist, and as an academic counselor specializing in college matriculation. Ana Beltran is a certified coordinator for California’s annual Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) workshops.
Ms. Beltran has worked as an Administrative Designee, Dean and Counselor, and completed attendance duties reserved for Pupil Student Attendance Counselors for the Humanitas Academy of Art and Technology and the Los Angeles School of Global Studies where she supervised counseling interns and initiated a campus-based partnership for students and parents to access private mental health services. As an Administrative Designee for Individual Educational Plan (IEP), Student Attendance Review Boards, and Student Attendance Review Teams meetings, Ana Beltran negotiated the participation of Assistant District Attorneys in Student Attendance Review Team meetings and managed campus master schedules including off-campus field trips for students. While administering matriculation programs for graduating seniors at her alma mater, St. Matthias High School in Downey, college application admissions rose 25 percent within a four-year period. Ms. Beltran was also responsible for coordinating a resource committee for counselors at LAUSD pilot schools. She advanced student curricula by arranging for East Los Angeles College professors to teach college courses for the Humanitas Academy of Art and Technology and by connecting with Los Angeles Community College professors to teach on the School of Global Studies campus. Ana has served as liaison between principal and teachers and parents and teachers. Her research includes observing classroom teachers, interviewing classified staff, and evaluating teaching methods by conducting peer reviews. Ms. Beltran is a member of the inaugural Principal in Residency Network cohort partnership of the Los Angeles Unified School District and California State University, Los Angeles. As a component of her work, she created a series of Project-Based learning lessons for students, youth disciplinary intervention programs, and she collected and centralized Student Culture data for Western Association of Schools and Colleges.
Ana Beltran earned dual Bachelor of Arts degrees in Political Science and French from the University of Southern California. She holds two Master of Arts degrees, one in Counseling from Loyola Marymount University, and another in School Administration from the University of California, Los Angeles. Ms. Beltran is also a credentialed Pupil Personnel Services (P.P.S.) specialist and holds an Assistant Principal of Student Counseling Services Certificate of Completion from the Los Angeles Unified School District Leadership Academy. She is fluent in Spanish and English.