I attended De Anza College before graduating from UC Santa Cruz with a degree in Politics and a fascination with theory. I also interned with California State Assemblymember Joe Coto of District 23, an eye-opening glimpse into local politics that sparked my growing interest in community engagement.
Now I'm the Chief of Staff & Strategy Officer for the Silicon Valley Education Foundation. I oversee the Eastside Education Initiative, a collective whose mission is to advocate for equal funding for East San José schools and to provide supplemental educational services to promote a college and career readiness culture.
Previously, I was the Executive Vice President of the Latino Education Advancement Foundation (LEAF). LEAF believes that every low-income Latinx student is entitled to an equal opportunity to succeed in higher education and pursue the career of their choice to obtain social and economic mobility.
As VP, I lead the implementation of the organization's strategic, marketing, and fund development initiatives. In addition, I oversee and manage partnerships and relationships to support the organization's impact, visibility, and financial resources.
In addition, I was the Director of Programs for the Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley (HFSV). The organization cultivates philanthropy and inspires Latino families to reach personal greatness by providing resources directed toward educational excellence and leadership development. As Program Director, I developed and maintained the education initiatives and programs, including Latinos in Technology Scholarship, STEM Programming, and Parent Engagement.
Here in Silicon Valley, I serve as the Board President for Local Color San José and the Board Treasurer for Latino Leadership Alliance. I've also had the opportunity to serve on various boards, La Raza Historical Society, Amigos De Guadalupe, and the Latina Coalition of Silicon Valley. Together, we make our communities more equitable.
In early 2021, I was honored as an Extraordinary Women of Santa Clara County by the SCC Commission on the Status of Women for my involvement in educational equity and community advocacy.
Just recently, I was honored with the 2023 Silicon Valley Business Journal Women of Influence Award, the Latina Coalition of Silicon Valley Sisterhood Award, and was recently appointed to serve on the Community Stabilization and Opportunity Pathways Fund Commission for the City of San Jose.
Promote College as a viable option for Higher Education
We must ensure students have access to career pathway opportunities necessary to succeed in the Bay Area’s Workforce.
Increase Student Support Academic Programs for students.