The Latina Coalition of Silicon Valley (LCSV) educates, prepares and connects Latinas in the areas of civic engagement and leadership development as an expression of our shared values of service, commitment, and appreciation for the Latinas who have paved the way for our successes.
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.
Having access to professional Latinas, fostering a friendly environment, and providing support increases knowledge, skills and confidence, resulting in Latinas partaking in leadership and civic engagement opportunities within and outside of the organization.
Collective action designed to identify and address issues that disproportionately affect the Latino/a community. This is accomplished through educational forums, lectures and events.
Activities that enhance leader’s attitudes and abilities. In house, we provide workshops such as Networking 101, Breaking the Glass Ceiling and many more.
The solidarity of women based on shared experiences and concerns. Our mixers provide members the opportunity to meet and network in a warm and inviting environment. Moreover, through community events our members always have girlfriends nearby to have fun.
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 the 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.