LLA's Día de la Raza Celebration

Celebrate El Día de la Raza with the Latino Leadership Alliance 

October 13, 2021 from 6:00 – 7:15 p.m.

 

About this Event

Join us as we host our annual Dia de la Raza event that honors the history of this day to our community along with celebrating our flagship LLA Leadership Academy, this year’s graduating Cohort XI and the completion of their class project. 

This year’s Keynote Speaker is Gustavo Arellano, author of ‘Taco USA: How Mexican Food  Conquered America’ and LA Times columnist.

Our event is free to attend and RSVP’s are required to receive the Zoom link. Donations can be made to our website or by texting ‘JUNTOSPALANTE’ to 44-321.

Each dollar raised goes into supporting this program – a leadership development program that centers around the Latino experience tailored to seasoned and mid-career professionals in business, education, government, and the nonprofit sectors. 

Funds raised also go towards the organization’s vision that Latino’s will be fully represented in leadership roles and positions throughout the Bay Area as well as its mission to amplify the voice and expand the power of Latino leadership, engage in policy and advocacy, and build partnerships to focus on race equity affecting the Latino community. 

¡Palante!


LLA Supports the San Jose Flea Market

June 21, 2021

To Honorable Mayor Sam Liccardo, Vice Mayor Chappie Jones, and Council Members Sergio Jimenez, Raul Peralez, David Cohen, Magdalena Carrasco, Dev Davis, Maya Esparza, Sylvia Arenas, Pam Foley and Matt Mahan:

The Latino Leadership Alliance (LLA) reaches out today to stand in solidarity with the 700+ vendors of The San Jose Flea Market otherwise known by the Latino/a/x community as La Pulga. The displacement of these vendors and negative impact on the lives of thousands of people of color in San Jose should be enough to give pause to this plan, however, we understand that this is a land-use issue and not a social one. And as such, we believe that a public engagement process in a land-use deal of this size should be open and transparent to allow equitable access to the vendors and the community impacted.

We all just witnessed a very public and inclusive three-year-process with the Google project – the largest in our city’s history – that allowed for community and stakeholders to sit at the table and created wins for all involved. And as the second largest land-use deal in our city, we believe that this project, and the vendors impacted, should undergo a similar process to ensure that the City of San Jose is treating all of its projects equitably and taking seriously the issue of displacement of communities of color.

Further, it is our hope that the Council weighs the real value of economic mobility and stability this property offers its vendors and their employees. This economic engine running in District 4 is real and its impact is ensuring that thousands of Latino/a/x, Vietnamese, and so many other communities of color can provide for their families.

The impact of how we proceed today will be felt by countless future generations of people of color in San Jose. We hope that you have the strength and courage to hit pause on this project to ensure the best and most equitable outcome for all involved.

In Community,

Latino Leadership Alliance


LLA Presents US Senator Alex Padilla with Ollin Award

Latino Leadership Alliance Presents US Senator Alex Padilla with Ollin Award

San Jose, Calif.–On Wednesday, March 24 the Latino Leadership Alliance presented the first Latino US Senator to represent the great state of California with its prestigious Ollin Award.

“This award is an honor and truly humbling,” said US Senator Padilla. “It is a testament to the work of countless people who have opened up the doors of opportunity and everybody played a part in helping me get here as the first Latino US Senator from California.”

The Latino Leadership Alliance was founded in 2009 by a group of dedicated community leaders who believed in strengthening Latino leadership, with the goal that Latino’s will be fully represented in leadership roles and positions throughout the Bay Area.

In 2020, LLA joined a statewide coalition of 32 Latinx organizations to advocate for the appointment of a Latino/a to the US Senate and were pleased to see Governor Gavin Newsom appoint the longtime champion for the Latino community in California.

“Es tiempo. It’s time for the Latino community to have the representation it deserves at all decision-making tables, including in the highest levels of government,” said LLA Board Chair Lennies Gutiérrez. “Honoring Senator Padilla offers us an opportunity to spotlight not only the possibilities but also the real impact felt on the ground by each and every member of our community when our lived experiences are included.”

The Ollin Award is LLA’s lifetime achievement award, stemmed in the Nahuatl word for movement, steeped in MesoAmerican Indigenous cultures and intertwined with the stages of human life: To be a great leader, one must always move to grow, learn, support, and break down barriers to create new paths for others to join.

The Ollin has been presented for five years. Previous recipients include former Santa Clara County Supervisor and the first Latina San Jose City Council member and Vice Mayor Blanca Alvarado (2020), Latino Leadership Alliance co-founder and former East Side Union High School District Trustee Eddie Garcia (2019), Stanford University Professor Emeritus and one of founding scholars of the field of Mexican American history and Chicano Studies Dr. Albert Camarillo (2018), and Actor/Producer, Founder of Centro Legal de La Raza, and Founder of the National Association of State Latino Chambers of Commerce Tony Quintero (2013).

Watch the full 2021 LLA Gala, and Ollin presentation, here: https://youtu.be/1KYRN3xaCGk


LLA Stands with the Asian American & Pacific Islander Community. #StopAsianHate

LLA Stands with the Asian American & Pacific Islander Community. #StopAsianHate

We are horrified that yet again we are seeing violence against our Asian American & Pacific Islander (AAPI) brothers and sisters, this time in Georgia. We stand firmly next to the AAPI community and will not stay silent. Your pain is our pain. Your struggle is our struggle. These racist attacks amongst communities of color cannot continue to happen.

We, as a country, cannot stand by and watch while group after group of Americans are targeted by hate and bigotry. We cannot accept that as a result of these vicious actions entire communities are living in fear. We must be better than this!

We stand in solidarity with the AAPI community demanding justice, including that the long history of Anti-Asian rhetoric and xenophobia in our country is addressed.

¡Ya Basta! Hate and violence against one is hate and violence against us all.

The Latino Leadership Alliance


LLA’s Statement RE Secretary of State Alex Padilla’s appointment to the U.S. Senate

Latino Leadership Alliance’s Statement RE Secretary of State Alex Padilla’s appointment to the U.S. Senate

Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2020

In a year in which communities of color disproportionately shouldered the impacts of this global health pandemic and its economic fallout, it has never been more clear why our voice MUST be at the table. Why our communities MUST be represented.

Today’s appointment is one step in that direction, and we applaud Gov. Gavin Newsom for taking it. Secretary of State Alex Padilla has worked tirelessly to ensure voting access to all Californians. He has the qualifications and experience to be an excellent leader and provide the proper representation for the Latino community and all Californians.

We must, however, not misconstrue the realities that we need and deserve more. Our children cannot emulate that which they do not see. We must look to our LGBTQ+ and BIPOC women for appointments into these newly opened seats – State Secretary and Attorney General – if we are ever to ensure that our leadership at the highest levels truly reflects the residents of this great state.


LLA's 2020 Impact Report

A Message from LLA’s Board Chair:

As we draw a close to 2020 and welcome 2021, the Latino Leadership Alliance (LLA) wanted to share our accomplishments for the year. Whether it was Cohort X pivoting from in-person sessions to virtual sessions and piloting a program for alumni and the incoming Cohort, elections of alumni to school boards or city councils, promotions at companies, or leading local and regional non-profit organizations; our alumni continue to activate in several sectors whether non-profit, government, business, real estate, legal, education and more.

The current pandemic and social, economic and racial turmoil have hit our community extremely hard. As an organization, we will continue to promote that OUR representation matters at every table, big or small. ¡Es tiempo!

We invite you to join us as we continue to move forward and focus on Leadership, Partnerships and Advocacy work and unveil findings from our strategic planning process. Please visit our website at www.latinoleadershipalliance.org for more information including applications for Cohort XI! Please take care of yourselves and your loved ones this holiday season.

In Community,

Lennies M. Gutiérrez

LLA Board Chair

 

2020 impact report


Latino Leadership Alliance Decries Blatantly Racist Campaign Attack Ad By The Silicon Valley Organization

Latino Leadership Alliance

Latino Leadership Alliance Decries Blatantly Racist Campaign Attack Ad By The Silicon Valley Organization

¡Ya Basta!

 

The Latino Leadership Alliance (LLA) joins other local residents, non-profits and community leaders in condemning the blatantly racist messaging and campaign ad posted by the The Silicon Valley Organization on its website.  This is not the first time The SVO has resorted to such base and disgusting tactics.  Recently, the SVO PAC distributed doctored images of San José City Councilmembers Sergio Jimenez and Sylvia Arenas to appeal to, and stoke, base racial and cultural stereotypes and fears.  While LLA believes the organization’s separation from its President/CEO Matt Mahood is a single necessary and positive step in the right direction, it is also simply not enough.

LLA applauds and supports the quick condemnation of the racist SVO campaign hit piece by our community allies – nonprofit leaders, faith-based organizations, labor, and other community leaders – who immediately demanded accountability.  The hard and real work of positive change must get started immediately, and there is much to do.  If the SVO is interested in true transformative organizational change and wants to restore its credibility then, for starters, the SVO Board and the SVO staff must reflect the tremendous ethnic and cultural diversity of our beautiful valley and it must reflect and promote the values of the community it purports to serve.  The SVO must come up with a plan, with input from affected communities, to implement that change.  Until then, LLA is calling upon The SVO to immediately and indefinitely suspend all of its PAC fundraising and activities to give it time to realign its internal controls and processes and implement corrective measures necessary to assure more transparency and integrity in its communications, and to publicly commit to engaging community stakeholders in the Latino and African-American community in helping to direct that process and to using SVO resources more responsibly and appropriately to reflect the values of the diverse community it serves.  Enough is enough!

The Latino Leadership Alliance


LLA Special 2020 Election Series

Latino Leadership. What does it look like?

 

LLA is excited that its Latino Leadership Alliance alumni have the passion for their communities and the ganas to use the leadership skills they developed through LLA’s Leadership Academy to put themselves before the voters for the opportunity to work serving their communities through elected office.
Learn more about these leaders, what they’re running for and why they’re doing it.

NAME: TERESA CASTELLANOS

LLA COHORT: 4

RACE: San José Unified School District, Trustee Area 1

WHAT DOES LATINO LEADERSHIP LOOK LIKE TO YOU? 

Latino leadership looks like a leader who is responsive to community needs; understands that a significant portion of our community is working class; knows how to advocate and advance the diversity of needs and contributions of our community; and knows how to build alliances to improve policies, services, laws and practices.

WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO RUN FOR OFFICE? 

I decided to run because I had been an organizer in the immigrant rights movement for 20 years. I could see that my community was good at showing up and telling their stories, but I also saw that we were not seated at the decision making table. 

HOW HAS YOUR LLA EXPERIENCE HELPED YOU IN YOUR CAMPAIGN RACE?

It helped me to network and create relationships with the diversity of leadership in our community that is working on a diversity of issues. As a society, we are set up in silos and thus we become specialized in our field, but the truth is that our community faces a diversity of issues and it’s important to have a network of support outside of your field to expand the thinking, opportunities and innovation.

WEBSITE: https://www.teresacastellanos4sjusd.com


LLA Special 2020 Election Series

Latino Leadership. What does it look like?

 

LLA is excited that its Latino Leadership Alliance alumni have the passion for their communities and the ganas to use the leadership skills they developed through LLA’s Leadership Academy to put themselves before the voters for the opportunity to work serving their communities through elected office.
Learn more about these leaders, what they’re running for and why they’re doing it.

NAME: JESUS SALAZAR

LLA COHORT: 10

RACE: Luther Burbank School District, Board of Trustees

WHAT DOES LATINO LEADERSHIP LOOK LIKE TO YOU?

Being a Latino leader means being connected to the community, means placing community and relationships at the center of your work. It means voicing the needs of our community at a table that so often we don’t have a seat at. It means being able to be resilient, being able to persevere and work harder than anyone else. Latino leadership is about using your story and experiences to uplift others, to transfer our skills of navigating these treacherous waters and applying them to restructure the system. Latino leadership is also about being visible and lending a hand to younger Latinos and Latinas, so that together we can make this a safer and more prosperous place to live for our community. Latino leadership is inclusive, innovative and the future of our country.

WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO RUN FOR OFFICE?

The pandemic has exacerbated disparities among black and brown communities and put the systemic inequities into stark relief. Our communities have been hit the hardest and have the least access to resources. Our workers are considered essential but have not been given adequate wages, protections or benefits. Our families don’t have the privilege of working from home or having separate rooms for their children, and yet are being expected to perform the same as always. 

This is why I also have decided to run for the Luther Burbank School Board in San Jose — which oversees the elementary school I attended. Having grown up as an immigrant, I know first hand what it feels like to feel hungry, to not know how to do my homework and have no help, to have to worry about paying rent. Currently our families are hurting and struggling financially, emotionally and physically. We are constantly being attacked by the current administration and many live in fear of being separated from their loved ones. On top of all of that pressure our families also have to stress about creating a quiet space for their students to learn, while moms have been forced to turn into teachers. Many of our students suffer from the great digital divide, without access to computers or the internet.

We should meet families where they are and provide the services they need. We could train parents in teaching techniques and help them become confident in helping their children. We can partner with local companies, businesses and nonprofits to help us acquire resources, so that our students have the tools they need to be successful. I believe our students have resiliency in their DNA and given the proper tools they can break ceilings.

Soon I will become the first in my family to earn a master’s degree and I hope to give every student at the Luther Burbank School that same opportunity.  I envision a Luther Burbank that not only produces prepared students but fosters an environment of acceptance, growth and innovation. Where all students feel proud of belonging to our community, who know their history and feel confident to take on the challenges of tomorrow.  

HOW HAS YOUR LLA EXPERIENCE HELPED YOU IN YOUR CAMPAIGN RACE?

The Latino Leader Alliance experience provided me with a constant bank of inspiration of which I have drawn numerous times during my campaign. It’s truly a robust leadership program that challenges you to become an effective leader! During our program I was able to enhance my leadership skills through workshops, self-reflections and exposure to various leadership strategies.

As a candidate running for elected office, it’s imperative to be able to build relationships and engage with a wide range of stakeholders. At LLA working across sectors was a major component of the program, and this really prepared me to connect with leaders in the private sector, elected offices, nonprofits and education. A lesson that will continue to practice in my career. It’s critical to the success of our community that we begin to work across sectors and build intentional relationships.

Lastly, my cohort members are some of the most incredible individuals I have ever met. They are a true representation of Latino Leadership, leaders who are filled with grit and resilience. My cohort members not only inspired me to run for office but also pursue a master’s degree at UC Berkeley all during a pandemic. Latino Leadership Alliance is the kind of experience that every young Latino leader thinking of running for office should have access to. Thank you Latino Leadership Alliance for enhancing my leadership skills and giving me the confidence to run for public office.   

WEBSITE: https://www.jesussalazar.org


LLA Special 2020 Election Series

Latino Leadership. What does it look like?

 

LLA is excited that its Latino Leadership Alliance alumni have the passion for their communities and the ganas to use the leadership skills they developed through LLA’s Leadership Academy to put themselves before the voters for the opportunity to work serving their communities through elected office.
Learn more about these leaders, what they’re running for and why they’re doing it.

NAME: IVAN MONTES

LLA COHORT: 8

RACE: Morgan Hill School District, Trustee Area 5

WHAT DOES LATINO LEADERSHIP LOOK LIKE TO YOU?

Part of leading starts with a level of acknowledgement, considerable introspection, and collective work to reassess and revisit what we do, why we do it, in the best interest of whom, and according to whom. It is imperative that we not remain passive or silent and we use our privilege and examine our current practice, philosophy and values.

Latinx leadership, when leadership focuses on the experiences of those who are, have been, or continue to be disenfranchised by institutionalized oppression — is a vehicle to facilitate experiences that lead to disruption of the status quo and our ways of knowing, increased social awareness, and collective social action. We are raising the next generation of leaders and their life options need to be more than just survival, but thriving in a world that humanizes them and their experiences. 

WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO RUN FOR OFFICE?

I am running for Morgan Hill Unified School Board Trustee Area 5 because I love Morgan Hill and care deeply about our community and education. My parents came to this country without the ability to speak English and with the determination to attain a better life.

Growing up in Santa Clara County to working-class parents and as a student identified as an English Language Learner I experienced first hand the challenges of navigating our educational system. Many of the challenges my family and I experienced through my educational journey are still endured by students today. 

Currently, I have the privilege of serving our community as the proud principal of a public elementary school where I have first-hand experience leading distance learning efforts amid the pandemic. These experiences provide a unique and much needed perspective to serve our community as a MHUSD trustee.

HOW HAS YOUR LLA EXPERIENCE HELPED YOU IN YOUR CAMPAIGN RACE?

LLA afforded me an opportunity to learn from and with leaders from varying sectors making a significant impact in our comunidad.  I not only had an opportunity to develop important lenses to reflect on our collective reality, but have also grown into a vibrant network of gente that has supported me professionally, personally and in my current campaign race by opening doors, navigating situations and making connections. The LLA experience was a safe space for me to be vulnerable and grown in order to better serve.

WEBSITE: https://www.ivanrosalesmontes.com