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Board of Directors

The LCSV has vacancies on our board! If you are ready to serve e-mail our president.

Sonia Ramos, President
Sonia is the Executive Director of California Student Opportunity and Access Program. Ms. Ramos served as a volunteer on the Barack Obama presidential campaign and is a graduate of CompassPoint's Women Executive Directors of Color Leadership Program. HLI Class of 2009.

Jaqui Guzman, Treasurer 
Is an Executive Analyst in the San Jose City Manager's Budget Office. She holds a master's degree in Public Policy from UCLA's School of Public Affairs. Jaqui also has experience as a non-partisan budget and policy advisor to the California State Legislature, community engagement facilitator, and program coordinator

Elisa Echeverria, President Elect
Elisa recently joined 1stACT Silicon Valley as the Director of Operations and Resource Management of the School of Arts and Culture at Mexican Heritage Plaza. Elisa is a Berkeley graduate and holds a masters in Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon. She is a returned Peace Corps volunteer (Guatemala '05-'07) and joined the LCSV Board in 2009. HLI Class of 2010.

Lennies Gutiérrez, Secretary
Lennies works for Comcast as Director of Government Affairs for the South Bay and Peninsula.  Prior to that, she worked on policy issues for ten years at the California State Capitol.  Lennies is a graduate of  UC Davis and the Lorenzo Patino Law School of Sacramento.

  Obdulia Banuelos, Chair of Membership 
Is a graduate of the Latino Board Leadership Academy (LBLA) from the Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley. Currently she is a committee member of LBLA. She graduated from Santa Clara University with a communications degree and double minors in Political Science and Spanish. Has seven years of banking experience with Bank of America.

Rachel Camacho, Chair of Ellas                      Is a PhD candidate and partner at Community Crime Prevention Associates, working with organizations to build their capacity to conduct program evaluations. Ms. Camacho also has experience in grant writing, program development, and strategic planning. HLI Class of 2008.

Patricia D. Castorena, Chair of Programs
Patricia is an immigration and criminal defense attorney in private practice. She was formerly with the Immigration and Citizenship Program at the Center for Employment Training. She is currently President Elect of the La Raza Lawyers Association of SCC and Co-Chair of the Chicano/Latino Alumni Chapter at Santa Clara University. Patricia is a graduate of the HOPE Leadership Institute, HLI Class of 2011. 

Alma García, Membership Committee 
Is a counselor for the Department of Rehabilitation. She holds a masters degree in Counseling. Alma is a Puente mentor and serves on the EOPS Advisory Committee.

Christina Ramos, Board Member                      Is Director of the MESA Schools Program at San Jose State University. She was recently named as part of the 2012,100 Influential Women of Silicon Valley from the San Jose Business Journal. She is a recent graduate of the Latino Board Leadership Academy (LBLA) from the Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley and member of the Latino Leadership Alliance (LLA) of Silicon Valley. Ms. Ramos graduated from The National Hispanic University in Liberal Studies and is finishing her Master’s Degree in Public Administrationfrom SJSU. 

Advisory Committee

If you are interested in joining us, pleae e-mail our president.

Andrea Flores Shelton, Chair
Director of Communications, Santa Clara County Supervisor Dist. 2
LCSV president 2007-2008

  Teresa Alvarado
LCSV Founder
Former Executive Director, Hispanic Foundation Silicon Valley
  Daisy Chu
Policy Aide, Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors Dist. 2
Active community board and commission member
  Camille Coto
LCSV Founding member
FIrst lady of California's 23rd Assembly District
  Helen Torres
Executive Director of Hispanas Organized for Political Equality