Jason Pender

College Coach

Jason Pender (he/him/his) is a College Coach in Making Waves Foundation’s College & Alumni Program (CAP). He started in the community college system and eventually received his bachelor’s degree in Communication from Humboldt State University. Jason also has his master’s degree in Higher Education from Loyola University Chicago. He was born in San Jose and has lived in northern and southern California, Phoenix, and Chicago. Jason has worked for 10 years in student housing and student conduct offices. He also taught leadership courses for undergraduate students and hosted workshops for graduate students. During Jason’s time in student affairs, he has led and participated in numerous social justice advocacy projects (trainings, demonstrations, policy changes, etc.). He has also been fortunate enough to volunteer his time to be a mentor and coach. Jason has helped many students address issues found in pursuing higher education and reaching their individual goals. As a College Coach at CAP, he hopes to learn from his Wave-Makers as much as he teaches them.