2017 Participants

Amada Montelongo
San Jose State University, Justice Studies
Arizona State University, Masters in Criminal Justice

Cinthia Zamora Arenas
California State University, Chico, Sociology

Elizabeth Vasquez
University of California, Santa Barbara, English

Estela Lozano
Brandeis University, Health, Science, Society, and Policy, & Latin American/ Latino Studies

Fatima Esquivel
San Francisco State University, Family and Consumer Sciences

Jenny Ballesteros
San Jose State University, Political Science

Jocelyn De Anda
California State University Fresno, Communication

Laura Alvarez-Santos
Boston University, International Relations

Loraina Flores
City College of San Francisco, Women’s Studies

Marlene Juarez
Gavilan College, General Ed.

Monica Orozco
San Jose State University, Communications

Sandy Vasquez
San Francisco State University, Criminal Justice

Stephanie Segovia
Sonoma State University, Chicano and Latino Studies
University of San Francisco, Masters Higher Ed. and Student Affairs


Each year, Engaged Latina Leadership Program (ELLA) participants, partake in a 3-day intensive working retreat where they have the opportunity to disconnect, recharge and grow. We are happy to share their feedback with you. Checkout just a handful of testimonials below.

“The ELLA retreat pushed me to step out of my comfort zone in so many ways. I was taught to not only examine what I consider my weaknesses but to also look at my strengths. This is something so many of us aren’t very comfortable with.”

“It was nice to be in a space where I am surrounded by a group of women who are capable and willing to take on the world. I’m so incredible thankful to be given an opportunity to grow and learn with them and can’t wait to see what this program will bring!”

“Attending the ELLA retreat was a unique, powerful experience for me. To discover that there are so many powerful, successful Latinas and also like minded Latinas whom I’m embarking on this journey with within my home range was very inspirational and has set the foundation for what I’m hoping is my future success.”

“The ELLA program is just what I need to help me connect with strong, ambitious Latina women during the young professional stage in my adult life. Thank you Latina Coalition of Silicon Valley!”

“I came to the retreat feeling unsure if this was for me. From the very beginning to the last moment, I felt welcomed and valued. Hearing from other professional Latinas was of great encouragement to continue my journey as an advocate for women rights. I look forward to the rest of the program and it’s support in my professional growth.”

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