Jorge Padilla is the Assistant Director for the Master of Urban and Regional Planning (MURP) program at University of California, Irvine. Jorge is an advocate for first generation students, and enjoys helping students build capacity in their experiences navigating and succeeding through higher education. Jorge started his career in education with UC Irvine's Center for Educational Partnerships in 2016 as a Regional Coordinator for the Early Academic Outreach Program (EAOP), where he worked in high schools in Anaheim, Compton, and Long Beach to prepare high school students for college.
Before returning to UC Irvine in 2021, Jorge spent over three years (2017-2021) as an Academic Advisor for the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) at California State University, Dominguez Hills where he worked with primarily first generation, historically low income undergraduate students. Jorge earned his Bachelor of Arts in History and Latin American-Latino Studies from UC Santa Cruz in 2013, and his Masters of Urban and Regional Planning from UC Irvine in 2015.
Jorge is a Dodgers fan. He enjoys a good day at the ballpark with a Dodger Dog and a good ballgame.