An exemplary educator with rich and varied experiences, Miya Hayes is a trailblazer in the educational field. After teaching bilingual kinder in rural Texas, she worked for a national company integrating technology into secondary classroom instruction. From there, she began work in college access, equity, and inclusion at the University of California, Berkeley, with a focus on low-income, first-generation college bound, and/or historically underrepresented students and their families. In her nearly 18 years with UC Berkeley, she has honed expertise in working with schools and districts (locally and across the state) in developing, promoting, and sustaining college-going culture to support all students in their post-secondary choices. Specifically, this work involves curriculum and course development for AG approval; teacher, counselor, and adviser coaching; and training. She has continued to break new ground working with major districts and organizations in California as well as at the university level to develop and implement policies and practices to support for African American students to and through post-secondary institutions.