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December 2012

Stephanie Bravo


An ELLA Alumna, Stephanie was recently named by Latina Magazine as one of the the "Next Generation Latinas" in the nation. 

A self-proclaimed "social butterfly for social good" Bravo is currently the Assistant Director of Social Media at Santa Clara University.  She is an example of innovative spirit as a technology leader in higher education and as a young social entrepreneur. 

Inspired by her own mentoring experience as a first-generation college graduate, in 2010 she created, a national higher education organization helping college students graduate and achieve their academic and career goals with the support of mentors.

Featured in CNN, USA Today, The Huffington Post, just to name a few, Stephanie and her co-founder were invited to meet the President of the United States and speak to government officials at The White House in 2011. Through this opportunity, and The White House launched a partnership in 2012 to emphasize the critical issue of college completion and promote a robust 21st century workforce.

Not only has Stephanie co-founded, but she also is a founding leader of Latina Leadership Network,an online community 
that promotes Latina leadership through network, collaboration, and dialogue. She also continues to volunteer to various organizations such as,Hispanic Scholarship Fund, the Hispanic College Fund, Modern Latina, and the Latino Student Medical Association.


September 2012

Maria Orozco


Is an ELLA alumni (class of 2011). She graduated from Santa Clara University with degrees in Political Science and Communications. 

She currently works for the University of California Santa Cruz as a Financial Aid and Scholarship Adviser.  She is a strong advocate in the fundraising efforts to finance undocumented students and provide better access to resources for all students. 

Maria has been involved with grassroots movements through different organizations including LULAC, The Santa Cruz County Democratic Central Committee, Grassroots Campaigns, The Santa Cruz County Immigration Project, The Vasconcellos Project, and Catholic Charities.

She serves as the Chair of the Parks and Recreation Commission for the City of Watsonville.  She has worked on the Contigo Program, which successfully reduced gang violence and participation. 

As the treasurer for the Pajaro Valley Cesar Chavez Democratic Club (PVCCDC), she helped educate voters on important issues, and organized voter registration drives. 

As an alternate board member for the Community Action Board of Directors, she advocates for underserved and marginalized communities.  The most recent project is the Day Worker Center. This center will assure day laborers get paid for their work, provide a safe place to gather, and gain access to better job opportunities. 

Maria is running for the Pajaro Valley Unified School District Governing Board of Trustees Area 6 this November. 

August 2012

Tamara Alvarado


Through her dedicated work in the community, Tamara models leadership and is always "making deals" in support of non-profits like LCSV. Thank you, Tamara, for all you do!


Tamara is the Director of Community Access & Engagement for the School of Arts & Culture at the Mexican Heritage Plaza. From 2003 to 2008 she served as Executive Director of MACLA/ Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana in San Jose, California. From 1999 – 2003 she served as Program Director for the newly opened Washington United Youth Center, a partnership between Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County and the City of San Jose. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the National Performance Network and President of the Board of Directors for ACE Charter School in the Mayfair neighborhood of San Jose. Tamara is also co-founder of the Multicultural Arts Leadership Initiative, a leadership development program for people of color working in arts, culture and entertainment. A traditional Aztec dancer for the past 12 years, she is a member of Calpulli Tonalehqueh Danza Azteca of San Jose. Originally from Escondido, CA, Tamara holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Spanish Literature from Stanford University.