Founder & Executive Director of the San Ysidro Rising Scholar Award
Director of Design & Creation
Ilse Cornejo graduated from San Diego State University with a degree in Journalism and Media Studies with an emphasis in Television and Film. Ilse is an internationally recognized producer with a background in media production and nonprofit work. She has dedicated her career to collaborating with artists and independent filmmakers who work at the intersection of the arts and social justice advocacy. As a first-generation college graduate, Ilse joined the Scholarship Committee for the San Ysidro Rising Scholar Award in hopes of providing access, mentorship, and inspiration to the next generation of transfronterizos(as).
Growing up in the Tijuana/San Diego region, Oscar graduated from San Ysidro High in 2009. As a first-generation college student, he attended UC San Diego, where he earned his B.A. in Human Development in 2014. Oscar worked at SDSU as a Program Manager while completing his Masters in Public Administration in 2019. Currently, he is a leader in the Talent Acquisition space, working as a Recruiter at HubSpot, a fast-growing software company in Cambridge, MA. He recruits talent across the US and in Latin-American countries. His goal is to continue growing in the field of People Operations, with an emphasis on attracting and retaining traditionally underrepresented talent in the tech space. He joined the inaugural review committee for the San Ysidro Rising Scholar Award scholarship hoping to give back to students with a similar background as his.
Victor Raul Escoto is a multi-disciplinary designer and strategist with 8+ years of experience crafting solutions for problems in the medical health and financial technologies spaces. His degree in journalism from San Diego State University drives his passion for approaching design work with empathy, truth and rigor. That same empathy, and his lived experience as a border kid, called him to join the Scholarship Committee for the San Ysidro Rising Scholar Award. Victor aspires to apply his strategy and design skills to help solve our urgent climate crisis in an intersectionally-conscious way. He currently resides in his hometown of sunny San Diego with his fiancée, their murderous cat Bobbie, and fuzzy tarantula Tangerine.
Sean Cornejo graduated from San Diego State University with a degree in International Business with an emphasis in Latin American Studies and Finance. His degree and professional experiences have led him all over the world, starting with an internship at the American Chamber of Commerce in Guadalajara, Mexico, to working abroad for Supercell, a top global gaming company located in Helsinki, Finland. Within his current role as a Brand Marketer, Sean is focused on deepening and expanding the Clash brand through innovative storytelling and by creating collaborative opportunities with content creators around the world. His passion lies in advocating for minority inclusion within the gaming and overall tech industry. In 2021, Sean joined the Scholarship Committee for the San Ysidro Rising Scholar Award in hopes of establishing an education-focused pipeline program that'll support and inspire future San Ysidro generations.