Board of Directors
Director, ECMC The College Place—Northern California
Monique is passionate about clearing the pathway to college for first generation college students and other disenfranchised populations. Monique’s belief in equal access to higher education has its origin in her own participation in the ASPIRA program of New York as a first generation Puerto Rican woman from the Bronx. Monique earned a BBA from Bernard Baruch College in International Finance, a Bilingual Elementary Teaching Credential from San Francisco State University and a M.Ed at the University of San Francisco in Organization and Leadership.
Currently, she is the Director of The College Place—Northern California, a college access program that supports students and families in the college preparation, application and transition process. Her current work includes training parents, educational advocates and the staff of various educational organizations in college preparation curriculum and the implementation of a college going culture.
Previously, Monique was Regional Manager at UC Berkeley’s Early Academic Outreach Program, a Spanish Bilingual teacher for San Francisco Unified School District, and co-founder of By Any Dreams Necessary, a nonprofit that identified, supported and provided college scholarships for young artists in Oakland. Monique is also a consultant and trainer for public and private enterprises seeking to develop cross-cultural competency in managerial staff. She is recognized for strong leadership, exceptional hands-on management, forming collaborative teams and career development of staff.
Adriana Ayala, Ph.D.
Dr. Ayala joined the full-time faculty ranks at the National Hispanic University in 2001 having taught courses in United States History, Ethnic Studies, Chicana/o history, Cultural Geography, and World History. She has served as Department Chair for General Education and Liberal Studies where she oversaw curriculum development and faculty. As Vice Provost, she assisted the Provost in the area of faculty governance, policy development and implementation, and student petition and appeals. Dr. Ayala has also served as Interim Provost at NHU and has now returned to teaching. While at NHU, Adriana has mentored many young mujeres helping them to find their voice and their place in the community.
Her educational accomplishments include: Ph.D. in History, University of Texas at Austin; M.A. in History, University of Texas at Austin; B.A. in History with a minor in Ethnic Studies, University of California at Berkeley. And her research interests include Borderland history, Ethnoracial relations in the U.S., Chicana/o history.
Currently, she is a board member for the Chicana Latina Foundation, a member of Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social (MALCS) where she served two terms as national chair, and member of other national organizations in History and Chicana Studies.
Assistant Executive Director, El Concilio of San Mateo County
Nuestro Canto de Salud Project
In her position for over 10 years, Gloria has directed programs that promote health prevention, education, outreach, and case management for San Mateo County's Latino and other underserved communities. She is the co-founder of Nuestro Canto de Salud Health Project that is a multi-disciplinary collaborative effort that envisions all community as key stakeholders in the rhythm and harmony of a healthy community.Gloria has a long history of working in the community and is committed to social justice issues. She has served on several boards and councils, including the Spanish Speaking Citizens Foundation, American Diabetes Association, American Cancer Society, West Bay Breast Cancer Early Detention Program, KCSM's Community Advisory Committee, and currently serves on the LifeLong Medical Care Board in Alameda County. She was a past KQED Local Hero for Hispanic Heritage Month as well as the private sector Local Hero award for Peninsula Interfaith Action . Gloria is a Past-President and is current Secretary of the Chicana/Latina Foundation, and resides in Berkeley.
M. Guada(Lupe) Gallegos-Diaz
Director, Chicano/Latino Affairs
University of California, Berkeley, CA.
In her present position, Lupe advocates for Chicana/Latino undergraduate students at the University of California, Berkeley (UCB) and also serves as a community affairs liaison. She has a Masters from the University of California, Berkeley in Social Work and is a PhD candidate working on - Chicanas in the Nonprofit Sector: A Case Study of the Bay Area. As an instructor at UCB her courses include: Community and Leadership Development, and Fundraising and Philanthropy in Latino communities. She has served as a council member of the North Fair Oaks Advisory Council and commissioner on the Commission on the Status of Women in San Mateo County. Among many commitments she has also served as chair to the National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies and is currently the national treasurer to Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social (MALCS) a national Mujeres higher education organization. Lupe is currently the Vice-Chair of the Chicana/Latina Foundation, and resides in Berkeley.
Executive Director of BAHIA
Has been a dedicated employee of BAHIA for 37 years. Beatriz is the Chair of the Chicana/Latina Foundation, she is alumni of EMERGE California which prepares democratic women for political office and of LeaderSpring Institute which provides a two year fellowship for non-profit Executive Directors. Since 2008, Beatriz has served on the Berkeley School Board and currently in her 3nd term as re-elected school board member. In 2010, Beatriz also served for two years as board member of the National Latino Children’s Institute, a national policy and advocacy organization focus on Latino children. She is an Advisory Board Member to Somos Familia, an advocacy group for Latino families with LGTBQ children. Beatriz holds a Masters of Arts in Leadership in Education from Pacific Oaks College and a BA from San Francisco State in La Raza Studies (now Latina/o Studies)
Principal Financial Analyst
City of Oakland
Ludmyrna Lopez was recently elected to the Richmond City Council and is currently the Principal Financial Analyst for the City of Oakland. Previous to this, she served as the Assistant Chief of Finance and Administration for the San Francisco Department of Child Support Services. Ludmyrna has worked for Mayor Willie L. Brown, Jr. as a fiscal analyst for the City and County of San Francisco, advising department heads, the budget director, and the mayor during all phases of the budget, including fiscal planning of new programs. Prior to this position, she served in several leadership positions within the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, D.C. in particular related to the Superfund and Brownfields programs. She has also worked with the California State Assembly. Ludmyrna works with the Chicana/Latina Foundation because it encourages and validates Latinas' pursuit of higher education as a way to increase economic and political empowerment for the Latino community.
Ludmyrna holds a Masters of Science in Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA. She first began her association with C/LF as a scholarship recipient while a student at California State University, Hayward.
Executive Director, El Concilio of San Mateo County
Ortensia is a nationally recognized leader in creating coalitions, collaboratives and partnerships, which have resulted in innovative initiatives that have empowered and ensured participation for low-income communities. She has been working in the Non-Profit sector for over forty-one years in executive management positions serving as a change agent for disenfranchised communities.
Ortensia is the second of 11 children born to parents from Mexico and the first to graduate from college. She received two Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology & Chicano Studies from Los Angeles State University and obtained her Master's Degree in Urban/Social Planning from the University of Southern California. She also is a graduate from the Institute for Executives of Non-Profits from Springfield University in Massachusetts.
She currently serves on California Public Utilities Commission Low-Income Oversight Board. Co-Chairperson and founding member of Greenlining Institute, Vice-President Chicana/Latina Foundation, Director, Director of Comerica Advisory Board, California Community Builders, Solar Oversight, Community Housing Opportunities Corporation and CHOC Ventures and PG&E Community Renewables Program Advisory Group.
Awards: Ortensia has earned KQED’s Local Hero Award (twice), Hispanic Magazine’s Hispanic Achievement Award, San Francisco County and City’s ADELITA Award, Lifetime Leadership Award from the Latin-American Student Organization and was inducted into the San Mateo County Women’s Hall of Fame in 1995. On September 25, 1999 she was presented the prestigious Simon Bolivar Leadership Award, by the Hispanic Community Foundation, recipient of League of Women Voters of San Francisco Woman Who Could Be President, California Latino Civil Rights Network award for her community activism, Greenlining Lifetime Achievement, Black Economic Council Mensch, Latino Issues Forum Community Leadership, and San Francisco Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Community Leadership awards, Mission Language Vocation School Community Leader Award, Latino Leadership Magazine MAESTRO Award and United Way Dream Makers Award; and was inducted into San Mateo City Library Hall of Fame.
Leticia Márquez-Magaña, PhD
Director of the Health Equity Research Laboratory
San Francisco State University
Leticia Márquez-Magaña, PhD is the Director of the Health Equity Research Laboratory at San Francisco State University. She is the first-born daughter of Mexican immigrants and began her education in the U.S. as a monolingual Spanish speaker. Professor Márquez-Magaña attended Stanford University as the first member of her extended U.S. family to complete high school, and went on to earn a PhD in Biochemistry at UC Berkeley. She joined the faculty at SF State in 1994 targeting her personal and professional efforts to “giving back” to the communities that she came from.
Upon joining the faculty at SF State, Dr. Márquez-Magaña initiated a successful research program that led to the training of significant numbers of Latino students for careers in the biomedical sciences. In recognition of this, and her broader efforts to diversify the scientific workforce, Márquez-Magaña was awarded a Mentor Award by the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2001 and a Bay Area Jefferson Award in 2013. Since 2007 she has been transitioning to research on cancer health disparities. In this effort she is currently engaged in studies aimed at understanding the underlying biology that contributes to health disparities. This research and her continued mentoring of minority students for biomedical careers comprise her ongoing efforts to make a difference in science.
Maria X. Martinez
Director, Whole Person Care and Chief Data Sharing Officer
San Francisco Department of Public Health
Ms. Martínez is the Director of Whole Person Care, an interagency demonstration project aimed to better serving high risk homeless individuals in San Francisco through innovations in service delivery and technology. She has over thirty years of change-management experience and specializes in population health initiatives, data and service integration, and performance improvement.
As a community arts advocate since the 90s, she has championed public policies, legislation, and charter reform to ensure long-term cultural equity in arts funding. She has served as a San Francisco Arts Commissioner, President of the San Francisco Consortium of Community Cultural Centers, President of the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, President of the San Francisco Arts Democratic Club, and Board Member of BRAVA for Women in the Arts. Ms. Martinez has served on the board of the Chicana Latina Foundation since 2006 and currently serves as Co-Chair.
Ana Cecilia Pérez
Immigrant Rights Leader and Community Builder
Ana Cecilia Pérez is an immigrant rights leader and a passionate leadership and community builder. She is also an independent consultant working with non-profit organizations, government agencies and foundations to increase their impact and organizational effectiveness. Ms. Perez has been consulting for more than 15 years. She has expertise in organizational change, multicultural transformative leadership development, and in building collaborations rooted in equity and community empowerment frameworks.
Ms. Perez‘s consulting areas include: strategic planning, crisis management, media and communications strategy, challenging oppression dynamics, increasing equity (policy, teams, services provided, etc.) and conflict resolution. She has been trained by VISIONS’ Inc. and the Social Transformation Project.
Prior to becoming a consultant Ms. Perez directed multiple prominent organizations and has held senior positions in civil rights, national and international policy groups including CARECEN SF, Presente.org, and Global Exchange. Prior to her social justice non-profit experience, Ana worked as a print and radio journalist and worked for KALW radio, Latino USA and wrote for multiple outlets.
Ms. Perez and her family fled the Salvadoran civil war in the early 1980s. She grew up in the Central American community in Los Angeles, benefitting from the 1986 immigration reform law. She has a B.A. from UCSD and a Masters in Journalism from UCB.
Director, the César E. Chávez Institute
Associate Professor, Latina and Latino Studies Department, College of Ethnic Studies, San Francisco State University
Belinda Reyes is the director of the César E. Chávez Institute and Associate Professor at the Latina and Latino Studies Department, College of Ethnic Studies, San Francisco State University. Before joining San Francisco State she was a Founding Faculty member at the University of California, Merced, and a Research Fellow at the Public Policy Institute of California.
Dr. Reyes' work focuses on immigration, education, political representation and the socio-economic progress of race and ethnic groups. She has extensive research experience often combining secondary and primary data. Her publications include: Holding the Line? The Effect of the Recent Border Build-up on Unauthorized Immigration and A Portrait of Race and Ethnicity in California: An Assessment of Social and Economic Well-Being.
Her research focuses on the policy issues confronting the Latino and immigrant population in the United States. She has briefed various federal, state, and local governmental bodies and addressed numerous civic organizations. She holds a B.S. in economics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of California, Berkeley.
Executive Director, Chicana/Latina Foundation
Olga Talamante became the first Executive Director of the Chicana Latina Foundation in January 2003. Prior to this position, she was the Western Region Vice President of INROADS, a career and leadership development organization aimed at Latino, African American and Native American college students pursuing careers in business and engineering. In that position, she supervised the organization's 12 regional offices located throughout the western United States and in Mexico.
Ms. Talamante is well known for her community activism and has worked with several service-providing and public advocacy agencies, including Head Start, the YMCA, the American Friends Service Committee, and the Argentine Commission for Human Rights.
Some of her awards include: "Most Influential Latinos in the San Francisco Bay Area", from the SF Business Times and SF Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, "Heroes and Heroines of the Latino Community", from KQED-TV, the Diversity Award from Hispanic Magazine, the San Francisco Bay Girl Scout Council DAISY Award, and the "Women Making History Award" from the San Francisco Commission on the Status of Women.
Currently she serves on the boards of the National Center for Lesbian Rights; El Concilio of San Mateo County, and the Friends of the Commission on the Status of Women. She is also active with GELAAM, a Latino LGBT organization in San Mateo County and with the Latino Forum of the San Francisco LGBT Center.
Ms. Talamante's family came from Mexico to Gilroy in the early 1960's and worked as farmworkers in the Santa Clara Valley. She received her B.A. in Latin American Studies from the University of California at Santa Cruz.
Lecturer, CSU East Bay
Zamora is a Chicana, Yaqui and Two Spirit feminist teacher, writer and scholar. She currently teaches in Ethnic Studies and Chicana/o Studies at CSU East Bay where her classes focus on Chicana feminism. Her ancestors come from northern Mexico’s Sonora, Chihuahua and Tabasco regions. Zamora and has lead several Native American drums and is a ceremonial singer and song teacher. She currently works with the Bay Area American Indian Two Spirit (BAAITS) Drum. Zamora is a Ph.D. candidate in Modern Thought and Literature at Stanford University.
Olga Terrazas CLF co-founder