A Message from our Executive Director

January 2015

As we enter the new year, I reflect on all that we have accomplished, thanks to our donors and supporters. We
had an amazing Scholarship Dinner
in October attended by 600 people where we presented scholarships to
31 deserving, hardworking
young women.

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Chicana Latina Foundation
Annual Scholarships and Awards Dinner
Deciding The Future: Community Engagement and Unity
With the 2016 elections looming over us, it is crucial that we engage our communities
in deciding that future. Our Latino and sister communities must be fully engaged and united.
We hope you can join us on September 25th to honor some amazing Latina leaders
and celebrate this year's cohort of CLF scholarship awardees.
And join us for the after dinner dance
with the fabulous Afro-Colombian cumbia band, La Misa Negra!
Where: South San Francisco Conference Center
  255 South Airport Boulevard
  South San Francisco, CA • 94080
When: Friday, September 25, 2015
Time: 6-9:30 pm • Dinner and Program
9:30-11 pm • After Party and Dance
Keynote Speaker • Maria Echaveste
Maria Echaveste, co-founder and partner of New Vista Group, has built a distinguished career working as a senior White House official, long-time community leader and corporate attorney. Ms. Echaveste’s background provides her with unique insights into the intersections between and among policy, politics and communications.
Our Honorees
Legacy Award • Blanca Alvarado
Blanca Alvarado has been a trailblazer in the San Jose area and has built a legacy of accomplishments. She has been making history since her first election to public office. After serving in various appointed positions, she was elected to the San Jose City Council, representing District 5, in 1980, the city’s first district election. A group of women elected officials took office in that election and propelled San Jose to be known as the Feminist Capital of the U.S. because San Jose was America’s first big city with a woman mayor, a majority female City Council, and a majority of women on the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors.
Emerging Leader • Karina Cervantez Alejo
Karina Cervantez Alejo is an up and coming Latina who has been serving the community as a public official. She is currently on the City Council of Watsonville. The daughter of field workers and a first-term council member who served as Watsonville’s mayor in 2014, Cervantez Alejo said she wants to be a champion for higher education, water quality and supplies and economic development.
Special Guests
Amanda Renteria
Amanda Renteria is the National Political Director for Hillary for America. In this role, she oversees the campaign’s coalition building efforts with elected officials and key constituency groups. To fully empower these diverse partners, Amanda’s team conducts a wide range of outreach and engagement programs at the local, state, and federal levels.
Danny Glover
We are honored to have Danny Glover presenting the awards to our scholarship recipients and delivering a message of unity! Many movie fans know Danny Glover from the Lethal Weapon series, but this Hollywood action star is also a serious intellectual, activist, and producer of thought-provoking documentaries and features. The UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and Amnesty International USA Lifetime Achievement Award recipient is putting his political consciousness and filmmaking know-how to good use as the CEO and co-founder of New York-based Louverture Films, a production company named after Toussaint Louverture, the leader of Haiti’s revolution.
After Dinner Dance
La Misa Negra!
La Misa Negra is a 9-piece band from Oakland, California that plays a unique blend of 1950's and 60's style cumbia and high-energy, Afro-Colombian dance music. The symbolism behind their name pays tribute to the genre’s African roots and Caribbean heritage, and celebrates the spirit and ritual of dance. Powered by horn and accordion-driven riffs, a fierce rhythm section, and a vintage Colombian sound, La Misa Negra delivers an electrifying performance that explodes with infectious dance grooves and punk rock energy.
2014 Scholarship Group
Scholarship Group
2014 Scholarship Awardees at last year's event
For any questions concerning the event please contact Alicia Orozco: 650-548-1040 or alicia@chicanalatina.org
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