Princeton University is honored to host Ana (Gonzalez) Leyva ’11 as she addresses the members of the class of 2019 who identify as first-generation and/or low-income students and their families on the evening of Monday, June 3rd at 7:30 p.m. in McCosh 50. In addition to Ms. Leyva’s keynote address, graduates will be presented with stoles by their residential college faculty in preparation for Commencement the following morning. Previous keynote speakers have included Dan-El Padilla Peralta ’06, an Assistant Professor of Classics and author at Princeton and Leslie-Bernard Joseph ’06, the Deputy Executive Director of Coney Island Prep.
Ms. Leyva grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and became an “A Better Chance” scholar in 8th grade. Through A Better Chance she was introduced to the premier independent high school of the Bay Area, Crystal Springs Uplands School.
When she matriculated to Princeton in 2007, she was the first in her family to go to college. At Princeton, she served as a student representative on the University's Priorities Committee, was Director of Operations for PFA (now Nova) and Office Assistant at the Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Students. Arguably, her most important contribution was an aerobics class taught at Dillon Gym called "Butts and Guts." Ms. Leyva graduated in 2011 with a degree in International Relations and Public Policy and a certificate in Near Eastern Studies.
After Princeton, she returned to the San Francisco Bay Area and held various roles in law, education and non-profit before moving into enterprise sales. She built her sales career at two tech unicorns, Box and ServiceTitan, and is currently pursuing a Masters in Business Administration at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Ana is married to her Princeton sweetheart, David Leyva ‘11, who was a LEDA scholar and also the first in his family to go to college. David studied Politics at Princeton and graduated from UCLA School of Law in 2018. Ana and David are proud parents of two young tigers-in-training.
The FLI Graduation Celebration is sponsored by the Office of the Dean of Undergraduates, The Office of the Vice President of Campus Life, the Office of the Dean of the College, in coordination with the Scholars Institute Fellows Program (SIFP), Freshman Scholars Institute (FSI), and First-Generation Low Income Council (FLIC). Please contact the Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Students via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or 609.258.5750 with any questions.