The Latina Coalition of Silicon Valley (LCSV) develops and strengthens the power of Latinas to advance our collective success through sisterhood, leadership, and civic engagement.
The Latina Coalition of Silicon Valley is a tax-exempt, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. Contributions to the LCSV are tax-deductible. We are non-partisan and do not make political endorsements. Tax ID#01-0799235.
Create intentional opportunities for women to meet and build supportive relationships.
Develop a pipeline and support our members to lead by fostering individual skillsets and potential.
Educate and mobilize our community to advocate and actively engage on issues impacting Latina/os.
We have approximately 150 active members, and hundreds of other friends and partners who contribute and help us achieve our mission. Our members are diverse in ethnicity, age, education and professional background. From students to city council members, and entrepreneurs to executive directors, everyone makes a powerful contribution to our wonderful LCSV family.
In December of 1998, Teresa Alvarado convened a small group to discuss the Latina political pipeline in Santa Clara County and the potential opening of County Supervisor Blanca Alvarado’s seat in 2000. In attendance were Teresa Alvarado, Evangelina Calderon, Rosie Carlos, Camille Coto, Rebecca Gallardo, Tamara Lopez, and Elma Rosas. The meeting generated good dialogue and interest in finding ways to build Latina civic engagement.
In August 1999, the group organized an event to recognize the region’s longest-serving Latina elected official, Supervisor Alvarado, and celebrate her decision to seek a second full term on the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors.
In March of 2000, the Hispanic Women’s Council of Northern California organized its “Latina Voices” conference. At that event, Teresa Alvarado, Evangelina Calderon and Tamara Lopez all participated on a panel and spoke about Latina leadership (political, civic, business, legal and government). The conversation in that panel session sparked further interest in developing a training session to familiarize local Latinas with the levels of local government to promote their interest and involvement.
Over the next few months, the idea generated further steam and HOPE Leadership Institute graduates were invited to combine forces with the budding Latina Coalition of Silicon Valley. These graduates were Teresa Guerrero-Daley, Betty Martinez, Bertha Galvan, Kristin Nevarez, Miriam Ayllon, and Carmen Robles.
Together, this combined group of women created and launched a speaker series that has informed and engaged hundreds of Latinas in Silicon Valley in public discourse and leadership ever since.
In 2003 LCSV became an incorporated non-profit, and in 2005 LCSV received its 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit status.