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.
Broadband Awareness and Adoption
After a year of volunteering with CLF, Alicia Orozco joined the staff in 2010 as the Project Coordinator of CLF's Broadband Awareness and Adoption (BAA) project. The BAA project will continue CLF's mission of empowering our community. Learning about the benefits of the Internet, becoming educated consumers, having access to employment opportunities via the internet, communicating with teachers and other service providers - all of these are vital components of an empowered community. She brings to this position years of experience in project management and community organizing. Prior to this position she worked in the California State Legislature and in both the public and private sectors.
Stephanie (Steph) Segovia is the Program Director for Chicana Latina Foundation (CLF). She directs and coordinates the CLF Scholarship process, Leadership Institute, and the CLF Alumnae Association. Steph identifies as Salvadoran-America. She was born in Los Angeles, CA, but grew up in San Salvador, El Salvador until the age of 13 when she moved to a small farming town in the Central Valley, Firebaugh, CA. She has a Bachelors of Arts degree in Chicano and Latinos Studies from Sonoma State University and a Master of Arts in Higher Education and Student Affairs from the University of San Francisco. Steph is a mentor for young Latinx college students and helps them gain skills and knowledge to succeed in higher education institutions.
In addition, she has conducted research studies on the experiences of Latinx students in higher education institutions, the support that the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) has offered to marginalized college students, in particular Latinx students. Her most recent research study looks at the impact that the work of Undocumented Student Support Centers and Programs has had on improving the college experience of Undocumented students in the state of California. Steph’s past work experience includes being a High School Advisor for the Migrant Program in Sonoma County, Program Coordinator for the Tutorial Center at Sonoma State, and Workshop Instructor for the Summer Bridge Program at UC Berkeley. Steph hopes to use her educational and professional background to continue supporting CLF Scholarship awardees and alumnae to achieve their personal, educational, and professional goals.