Kim Mazzuca has served as the President & CEO of 10,000 Degrees® since 1999. A Bay Area native and first generation college graduate, Kim has dedicated her life to social justice.  She brings more than two decades of executive nonprofit management and philanthropic leadership in the areas of youth development, human services, workforce development, and education. Prior to joining 10,000 Degrees®, Kim served as the Associate Executive Director of Jewish Vocational Service and as Director of Rehabilitation and Special Assistant to the Founder and Director for RCH, Inc. She holds her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from San Francisco State University, is a graduate of the Stanford Graduate School of Business Program for Nonprofit Leaders, where she was named a fellow in 2001, and is currently seeking her doctoral degree in Organization and Leadership at the University of San Francisco.

In 2014, Kim was named a Nonprofit Leader of the Year by North Bay Business Journal and in 2015, she was named Legislative Woman of the Year for California’s 10th District. Kim has served on numerous community boards, including the National College Access Network Board of Directors, where she completed a three-year term as board president. She is a member of the Board of Directors for the Prison University Project at San Quentin.


Sindy Hernandez, Alumna 2015
Santa Rosa Junior College; Humboldt State University

10,000 Degrees is honored to celebrate Sindy Hernandez as the 2019 One Degree of Change Award recipient. Having come through the Marin County foster care system, Sindy is positive proof that personal encouragement, college and financial aid advising, along with access to the tools needed to succeed can help students like her realize their college and career dreams. In fact, five of Sindy’s foster siblings benefited from 10,000 Degrees support and have since graduated from college, while a sixth sibling is currently enrolled in 10,000 Degrees program support and is working hard to follow in the family footsteps.

A Marin County resident and San Rafael High School graduate, Sindy is now a Senior Support Services Worker for Child and Family Services within the County of Marin Department of Health and Human Services in support of bilingual children and families.

“I am so thankful that I listened to the people that pushed me to get a college degree… Having so many positive people in my life helped heal my wounded and traumatic past and fuels me to go above and beyond in my work.”


Ismail “Ish” Azam , 10,000 Degrees Scholar
College of Marin; UC Berkeley, Class of 2020 

A little more than five years ago, with a 0.8 GPA and an ACT score of 19, due in large part to difficulties his family was enduring, Ish
dropped out of San Rafael High School. With limited other options, he applied for and was accepted to participate in 10,000 Degrees college campus immersion experience: the Summer Intensive—his life would never be the same.

“The greatest lesson I’ve learned so far is that hard work and resilience in the face of adversity can become your greatest strength.”

Within three years of being introduced to 10,000 Degrees support, including near-peer advising and unwavering encouragement, at the age of 15, Ish enrolled at the College of Marin—he soon became COM’s youngest student government President. Just two years later, he transferred to UC Berkeley where he currently studies engineering, business, and entrepreneurship. Now just 20 years old, Ish teaches a course on business networking and will soon lead a new class: “Living Your Best Life.” Ish is also the President of Product Space, a student-centered program studying product design, management, and marketing.

In addition to managing his coursework, Ish works at Microsoft as an Innovation Consultant. He is the CEO of a new startup company that helps students land their dream careers through innovative business networking practices. Later this year, Ish plans to publish his first book, comprised of 300 interviews with successful recruiters, entrepreneurs, and CEOs, titled The Blueprint to the Most Important Skill Your Degree Didn’t Teach You: Business Networking.

“The power of connecting with others to work toward a common goal is one of the most valuable gifts we can give our communities.


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