Commission Senior Management Staff

Executive Director Lupita Cortez Alcala

Lupita Cortez Alcalá
Executive Director

Lupita Cortez Alcalá was the Chair of the California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls from October 2015 to August 2017. She joined the California Student Aid Commission in January 2016 as the Executive Director. Lupita heads the organization and serves as the leader and spokesperson for issues impacting California’s $2 billion Cal Grant student financial aid program. She also oversees delivery of the agency’s Cal Grant, Middle Class Scholarship, California Dream Act, and seven other grant or loan repayment programs, supporting schools and students.

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A Message from the Executive Director

Since 1955, the mission of the California Student Aid Commission has been “making education beyond high school financially accessible to all Californians.”

This year, the Commission will offer $2.2 billion in Cal Grants to eligible students and $117 million in Middle Class Scholarships for students attending California State University (CSU) and University of California (UC) campuses.


Keith Yamanaka
Chief Deputy Director

Keith Yamanaka became Chief Deputy Director of the California Student Aid Commission in February 2006. He had been Special Counsel to the Commission from 2004.

Mr. Yamanaka previously served as Chief Advisor to California Corporations Commissioner Demetrios A. Boutris, also serving as Acting Chief Deputy of the California Department of Corporations, overseeing department policy, operations, and enforcement of State securities laws from 2001 until 2004.


Catalina Mistler
Deputy Director, Program Administration & Services Division

As Division Chief of Program Administration and Services, Catalina Mistler is responsible for the oversight of the administration and delivery components of the California Student Aid Commission’s numerous grant, loan assumption and scholarship programs, including the $1 billion annual Cal Grant program that provides low income California students financial assistance at colleges and career technical schools.