Monica Ayala Jimenez serves as the Dean of Student Success at Palo Alto College in San Antonio, Texas, serving as the leader for the Advocacy Center, Student Life, and Ray Ellison Family Center. She is a highly experienced program administrator with a strong record of achievement and more than eighteen years of experience in the development and implementation of pre-college and early college programs. She served over the Dual Credit and Early College High School Programs as the liaison between the K-12 partnerships and the college. She has over fifteen years of experience in grant writing and management and helped bring over $4.5 million dollars in TRIO Programs and the National Science Foundation, Advanced Technological Education to the college. She has presented on pre-college and early access partnerships at national conferences such as the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnership, the National College Access Network, and the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities. Her commitment to excellence in program development in early access earned her the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development, Excellence Award in 2017.