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HCF Gift Legacy eNewsletter 01/12/22

Dear donors and supporters,

Happy new year! The year 2022 has gotten off to a great start due to enthusiastic support from you and our partners in education.

Just last week, we received a $990,000 basic needs grant that will increase our impact on the wellbeing of our students over the next three years.

On campus, faculty and staff are getting ready to start the new semester on January 24. What is extra special this year, is the opening of the Castroville Education Center. Classes will be held in Castroville for the first time. In addition, the Nursing & Allied Health building will open this spring.

We hope you will celebrate the milestones of this year and continue to partner with us as we seek continually to champion student success and to advance the college, offering innovative strategies and new opportunities.

I wish you a year of happiness, health, and abundance!

Jackie Cruz

Vice President,
Advancement and Development
and Executive Director for the
Hartnell College Foundation

Monterey County Gives
You hit it out of the park

We are so excited to announce that our Basic Needs Campaign through Monterey County Gives raised $35,905. We had 57 individual donors support this effort which will provide $500 emergency scholarships to 71 students. But that is not all! This, combined with the Basic Needs grant mentioned above, helps us surpass the $1 million mark! Thank you to each of you who helped us support students in such a big way!

The Power of Caring Foundation Board President leaves a mark

“I was invited to be on the Foundation Board and felt honored to be asked,” she said. “This is a great way to give back and support the college and its students.”

Last month, at the President’s Circle Reception, Sulsona was recognized for her dedication to the Hartnell College community. She was also thanked for taking on the demanding and important role as President of the Board.

“Judith is a talented, committed, and passionate leader and it has been a distinct pleasure to work with her over these past two years during her time as President of the Hartnell College Foundation Board,” said Hartnell’s VP of Institutional Advancement and Foundation’s Executive Director, Jackie Cruz. “Judith is a champion of student success, equity, and community engagement.” 

Sulsona was born in Puerto Rico and moved to Mexico City to complete her graduate studies in the UNAM (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México). Her interest has always been in education, the arts, and literacy, which led her to work with libraries here on the Central Coast. She created systems to make it possible for persons with visual and hearing impairments to have access to library resources, as well as to develop programs for youth throughout the county.

After some time, Judith turned to the non-profit world. She worked for Community Foundation for Monterey County and started the Management Assistance Program, now Center for Nonprofit Excellence; she was Executive Vice President for five years. 

The 12 years she dedicated to the Community Foundation developed her passion for serving non-profit organizations – her goal became to support them in building the organizational capacity needed to fulfill their mission. Her consulting work began and continues to this day.

“I have the opportunity to create a plan based on the needs and aspirations of an organization while guiding their boards and staff to adapt to change,” Sulsona said. “Groups learn to work together, utilize their unique skills in the best possible way, and I am happy to support them through the process.”

Her work in the community is respected by others. She is well known due to her work with non-profits and her work at Hartnell College. In addition, Sulsona is on the Advisory Council for the Big Sur Land Trust.

Judith shares her passion for community with husband of 39 years, William Rawson, who is a retired Hartnell College librarian. They love the arts and are longtime supporters of The Western Stage.

“Supporting innovation and direct services to students in really close partnership with the college enables us as a board to have a direct impact,” she said.

Sulsona compliments the strength of the board adding that the wide variety of skills, experiences, and knowledge make for a well-structured organization with processes that are well-defined, committees that work well together, and 350 volunteers who dedicate their time in task forces and committees within the college campus.

Cruz said that Sulsona led the Foundation Board with grace during these last difficult few years and praises her leadership. She added “I am deeply grateful for Judith’s leadership during the pandemic to ensure that we provided essential support for our students in the midst of these challenging times.”

“It has been a real privilege to support the work Hartnell does in the community,” Sulsona said. “Students come from all walks of life and it is my pleasure to support their education, so they in turn may achieve their aspirations.”

What will your legacy be?

If you are thinking about naming the Hartnell College Foundation in your estate plans, contact our Vice President of Advancement and Development/Executive Director for the Foundation, Jackie Cruz at or call (831) 444-2446 or our Director of Philanthropy, Kristine Edmunds at or by phone at (831) 755-6903. To make a gift in support of Hartnell students, go to:

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