HPU Alumni: Celina Barrios

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Raised in the Santa Cruz mountains in California, Celina Barrios earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees, Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication and Master of Arts in Communications, respectively, at Hawaiʻi Pacific University. When Celina was an undergrad student at HPU, she was president of the United Samoan Organization and a student worker for the Office of Admissions. After her time at HPU, she earned an Ed.D. in Urban Education and Leadership from the University of Southern California.

Celina and her family now call Oʻahu their home and she currently works as a Development and Communications Consultant. Throughout her career, she has provided organizational leadership through a variety of strategic roles including Director of Marketing, Philanthropy for Hawaiʻi Pacific Health, Philanthropy Manager for Hospice Hawaiʻi, and now in her role as Director of Development for Assets School, an independent K-12 school in Honolulu.

Her career and educational journey are reminders that no matter what we study and where we go, if we commit to the purpose, we both make and find our path.