Meet The Academic Match Team
Jodi Sears, who joined The Academic Match in 2014, received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley. She also studied abroad at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel and the University of Salamanca, Spain. As an undergraduate, she interned with Western Public radio and for KGO-Radio where she wrote copy on consumer affairs issues. She received a Master of Business Administration from the University of Southern California, where she graduated Beta Gamma Sigma. Her graduate fellowship was in the Career Planning & Placement office at the Marshall School of Business, where she coordinated speaker panels, industry recruitment events, as well as internship and job search workshops. She spent many years working in retail, marketing and advertising. As an executive with a major Los Angeles advertising agency, she managed multi-million dollar budgets and advertising campaigns for a variety of internationally recognized brands.
Jodi has been actively involved in the Las Virgenes Unified School District (LVUSD), serving as the Donation Drive Chair, GATE Math Olympiad instructional assistant, and Western Association of Schools and Colleges Parents’ Committee Representative. Jodi volunteered for nine years in the Agoura High School College and Career Center, guides students at college essay writing workshops at Agoura and Calabasas High Schools and has been a speaker at College Nights at Synergy Academics and at Conejo Valley School District high schools. She was elected to the Agoura High School Site Council and was selected by the district to serve on the Curriculum Council, Rigor Task Force and the College and Career advisory committee.
Jodi has successfully helped numerous students navigate the college application process and knows it can be less overwhelming and more exciting with the enthusiasm and guidance of an experienced college counselor. She completed her certificate at UCLA in College Counseling, Earned with Distinction and is a member of the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), Western Association for College Admission Counseling (WACAC) and the Higher Education Consultants Association (HECA).