Board of Directors

CLF Board

Monique Adorno-Jiménez Monique Adorno-Jiménez
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.

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Adriana Ayala Adriana Ayala, Ph.D.

Dr. Ayala is currently the Interim Dean of Student Success at Evergreen Valley College. Previously, she worked at the National Hispanic University where she served as a both a faculty member and an administrator. She has 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.

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.

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Patricia Diaz Patricia Diaz
Executive Director, Chicana/Latina Foundation

Patricia (Patty) Diaz is a second-generation immigrant born and raised in the Salinas valley. With 20 years of experience in the non-profit sector, Patricia has worked in the areas of leadership, fundraising, management, policy advocacy, community building and direct services for Latino and immigrant families. She served ten years as the Executive Director of Services, Immigrant Rights, and Education Network ( SIREN ) in San Jose. Under her leadership, she brought the organization financial growth, reorganized its program priorities, and partnered with key statewide and national partners that led to victories for immigrants and their families.

Prior to SIREN, Patricia worked in the areas of policy development, advocacy, research, and campaign development at the Latino Coalition for a Healthy California, the National Council of La Raza, and a policy consulting firm in Sacramento. She received her B.S. in Psychology from the University of California, Davis and her MSW with a concentration in Community Organization, Planning and Administration at the California State University of Sacramento.

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M. Guada(Lupe) Gallegos-Diaz 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.

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Beatriz Leyva-Cutler Beatriz Leyva-Cutler
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)

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Natalie Lizardo-Sarellano
Professor, Ethnic Studies, ARISE High School
Candidate Master’s Degree Educational Leadership, Mills College

Natalie Lizardo-Sarellano received the CLF Scholarship in 2008, while attending Los Medanos College as she was contemplating why she was even enrolled in school in the first place. She was invited to a scholarship workshop by Rosa Armendariz, and instantly connected with Olga Talamante, CLF Executive Director. CLF validated her experience as a queer woman of color with deep historically rooted trauma and has embraced her with her rough edges. CLF remains committed to Natalie’s growth as a Latina professional providing ongoing mentorship and advice.
Through the Leadership Institute and through her continuous work with CLF, Natalie has learned the necessary life skills to navigate college and her professional career. Since 2008, she moved on and graduated from UC Berkeley, receiving a bachelor’s degree in Sociology with an emphasis on Education. Natalie earned a Teacher Credential from REACH Institute for School Leadership, and she is currently teaching Ethnic Studies at ARISE High School in Oakland. In 2017 Natalie returned to academia to earn her master’s degree in Educational Leadership at Mills College to continue the legacy of Latina Leadership that she shares with our diverse communities.
In addition, Natalie has been a key player in forming the CLF Alumnae Association as one of the founding members. In her own words Natalie shares the impact that CLF has had on her and her commitment to the organization: “When I am with the CLF hermanas, I feel fierce and inspired. I decided to help form the Alumnae Association, because it connected me with other mujeres who also want to build CLF to its fullest potential.”
Natalie joined the CLF Board of Directors in 2017.

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Ludmyrna Lopez Ludmyrna Lopez
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.

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Ortensia Lopez Ortensia Lopez
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.

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Leticia Márquez-Magaña 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.

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Maria X. Martinez 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.

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Zamora M. Zamora
Contracts & Grants Manager,
MPact Global Action for Gay Men's Health & Rights

Zamora is a Chicana, Yaqui and Two Spirit feminist scholar who has taught in Ethnic Studies and Chicana/o Studies in the Bay Area with a focus on Chicana feminism. She currently works in grants administration in the non-profit sector for sexual health and human rights. Her ancestors are Yaqui from northern Mexico’s Sonora and Chihuahua, as well as Tongva from the LA Basin in California. Zamora has lead several Native American drums and is a ceremonial singer and song teacher.

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Olga E. Terrazas In Memoriam
Olga Terrazas CLF co-founder

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