Emanuel "Manny" Cifuentes-Machado was born in Berkeley, California. For eight years of his life, he lived in Champaign, Illinois.
In 2019, he received his BA from Dominican University of California in business administration and communications and media studies with a minor in leadership studies.
During undergraduate, Manny was involved in several student organizations and worked in the residence life department for three consecutive years. What specifically brought Manny to Higher Education was after his experience with the LeaderShape program at Dominican.
Manny is a soon-to-be-graduating student from the University of San Francisco Master of Arts Higher Education and Student Affairs program. Aside from his academics, Manny loves going on small adventures with his friends and family, listening to music, window shopping and dancing.