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Naria Santa Lucia

Washington State Opportunity Scholarship
Executive Director
Naria serves as Executive Director of the Washington State Opportunity Scholarship (WSOS), a unique public-private partnership helping to build the next generation of scientists, engineers, technology specialists, mathematicians, and health care professionals in Washington state’s high-demand employment fields through scholarships and supports for low- and middle-income college students in Washington state. Since its inception in 2011, WSOS has provided scholarships and thousands of hours of support services to over 8,600 scholars – the majority of whom are women, students of color and/or first in their families to go to college. Under Naria’s leadership, WSOS has raised nearly $200M in public-private support for scholarships and supports and has a goal of supporting 16,000 students by 2025. Prior to her role as Executive Director of WSOS, Naria served as the Director of Legal Aid for Washington Fund, a statewide organization that raises funds for Washington State’s civil legal aid network. Under her leadership, LAW Fund’s annual fund, the Campaign for Equal Justice, achieved historical annual fundraising records in 2012 and 2013, and its endowment, the Endowment for Equal Justice grew to be the largest endowment for civil legal aid in the nation. Naria is a graduate of the Law School and the College at the University of Chicago. She currently serves on the Boards of Columbia Legal Services, Center for Community Education Results and Goodwill Seattle. Naria is also a member of the Dean’s Visiting Committee for the University of Washington’s College of Engineering and the State of Washington’s Governor’s STEM Alliance. Naria has been previously honored as a Woman of Courage by the University of Washington’s Women’s Center and was a “40 Under 40” nominee by the Puget Sound Business Journal.