Analia Mendez began her career as a student affairs professional at San Francisco State University when she became a Program Coordinator for the Health Careers Opportunity Program, a Health Resources & Services Administration federal program in 2001. Since then, she has held leadership positions in seven higher education institutions throughout the country and has established several pre-health advising and internship programs. Since having earned a B.A. in Psychology and an M.S. in Counseling from San Francisco State University, it has been her desire to inspire students from diverse backgrounds and be a catalyst for their career growth in the STEM pathways and through her work as the Director of Career Education and Advising at UC San Diego.