Abel Guzman returned to The Wonderful Company in 2021 to serve as Executive Director of College Pathways. In a previous role at The Wonderful Company, Abel served as Program Supervisor of College Access and Retention. Prior to his return, he served as an educational administrator at Bakersfield College. In his current role, Abel oversees an early college partnership program between three community colleges, nine high schools, and The Wonderful Company. Over 1,500 students in various rural communities in the San Joaquin Valley of California participate in the program, which provides them the opportunity to earn a certificate and/or associates degree in the fields of Agriculture, Public Health, Education, and Industrial Automation by high school graduation. In addition to the course work, students participate in work-based learning opportunities including job shadows, internships, and fellowships. The mission of the program is to end generational poverty by providing experiences and resources that empower and support students in their respective pathways.
Abel received a B.A. in Political Science from the University of California, Santa Barbara, a Masters of Public Administration from California State University, Bakersfield, and a Doctorate of Education from the University of Southern California.