Cohort Network


The Latino Leadership Alliance Cohort Network is a working network of LLA Leadership Alliance graduates (cohorts) that share resources to implement projects that benefit the Latino community.


Cohort One

Melanie Espino
Development Director, Santa Clara County, Council on Aging

Javier Aguirre Trustee
Gilroy Unified School District

Kimberley Rocha
Vice President, First Rate Capital

Lizandro Carrasco
Trustee, Luther Burbank School District

Andrea Flores Shelton
Communications Director for Supervisor George Shirakawa

Gustavo Caraveo
Policy Aide, Supervisor George Shirakawa

Sandra Garcia
Principal, Ade!ante Dual Language Academy

Javier Gonzalez
Community Outreach Coordinator for San Jose Councilwoman Nora Campos

Sylvia Ornelas
Urban Planner, County of Santa Clara

Marcos Gutierrez
PTA President,  Adelante Dual Language Academy

Bettina Lopez
Principal,  Andrew Hill High School

Enrique Morales
Community Affairs Consul, Mexican Consulate, San Jose


Andres Quintero
Airport Commissioner, City of San Jose


Cohort Two

Diego Barragan
Executive Vice President, National Society of Hispanic MBAs - San Jose Chapter

Maria Garcia
Grants Administrator, The Health Trust Silicon Valley

Candelario Franco
Pre-College Programs Director, National Hispanic University

Lennies Gutierrez
Director of Government Affairs, Comcast

Joshua Barousse
Marketing and Public Outreach Assistant, City of San José

Laurie Mesa
Union Representative, UFCW Local 5

Miguel Rocha
President, First Rate Capital

Zelica Rodriguez
Policy Director, SIREN (Services, Immigrant Rights and Education Network)

Gabriel Montes
Mental Health Specialist, Gardner Family Care Corp

Sonia Ramos
President, Latina Coalition of Silicon Valley


Cohort Three

Maria Bonilla Giuriato
Foormer Salinas City Council member                                            

Micael Estremera
Attorney, Santa Clara Co Public Defender’s Office

James Bojorquez
Business Development Manager, MET Labs                           

Rebecca Garcia
Manager, Office of Affordable Housing, Santa Clara Co

Jeff Camarillo
Vice Principal, East Palo Alto Academy High School                     

 Esther Peralez-Dieckmann
Director, Santa Clara Co Office of Women’s Policy

Xavier Campos
San José City Council member                                          

Christina Ramos
MESA Program Director, San Jose State University

Erica Cervantes
Board Member, Frontier Solar, Inc.                                                                                                   

Guadalupe Rodriguez
Manager, Planned Parenthood Mar Monte

Elisa Echeverria
President-elect, Latina Coalition of Silicon Valley                   

Rogelio Ruiz
ESUHSD General Counsel/LLA Bd. of Directors   

Viridiana Sanchez
Community Affairs Consul, Mexican Consulate                                                                                                    

Alejandro Vidaurre
Engineer, Apple. Inc.



Cohort Four

Lily Alfaro

City of Menlo Park


Tony Arreola
President, DAL Properties


Teresa Castellanos
Trustee, San Jose Unified School District


Ernesto A. Bejarano
Human Relations Commissioner, Santa Clara County


Ricardo Benavidez
Community Affairs Manager, Cisco Systems

Maya Esparza
Trustee, Frankiln McKinley School District

Mike Canul
President, DeComputis, Inc.

Carla Collins
President, Democratic Activists for Women Now

Eduardo Cervantes
Executive Director, MESA Program, Gavilan College

Ofelia Foster
Sales Manager, Comcast

Juan Estrada
Founder, District 5 United

Janet Lopez
Marriage and Family Therapist

Raul Peralez
Officer, San Jose Police Department

Janine Ramirez
Executive Director, Parent Institute for Quality Education



Cohort Five

Jeremy Barousse 
Community Organizer, Services, Immigrant Rights  and Education Network 

Leo Cortéz College
Programs Consultant, Workday

Loren Cruz
Consul for Press and Cultural Affairs, Mexican Consulate in San José 

Aimee Escobar
President, Silicon Valley Latino Demoratic Forum

Edith González
Teacher of Special Assignment, Adelante Dual Language Academy 

Dan Gutiérrez
Communications Coordinator, Kaiser Permanente

Jaqui Guzmán
President, Latina Coalition of Silicon Valley

Fernanda Karp
Director of Student Affairs and Government Relations, San Jose State University 

Amanda Móntez
Engagement and Communications Specialist, Health Trust of Santa Clara County 

Alex Ontiveros
President, Silicon Valley Latino



Cohort Six
Daisy Barocio
Principal (K-8), Escuela Popular Dual Language Academy 

Jose López
Associate, Gunderson Dettmer  

Louis Barocio
Principal, Northwood Elementary School 

Omar Medina
People Operations Associate, Google 

Erika Bustamante
Government Relations Associate, Stanford University 

Herminia Ojeda
Financial Advisor, Amerprise Financial

Irene Castillon
Academic Dean, Luis Valdez Leadership Academy 

Maribel Ortega
Marketing Manager, Shortel 

Carolina Cervantez
Marriage & Family Therapist, Santa Clara County 

Moisés Pelayo
Realtor, Keller Williams Peninsula Estates

Ana Lilia Reynoso,
Director of Business Development, Architectural Dimensions



Cohort Seven

Jazmín Amezcua Orellana
Deputy Consul General, Mexican Consulate, San José, CA

Elizabeth Castañeda
Marketing and Communications Manager, San Jose Public Library 

Karla Lomelí
Research Assistant, Stanford, University;
Instructional Coach, CSET 

Raul Lomelí Director, Latino College Preparatory Academy 

Nancy Y. Macías
Telemundo, Assignment Editor, Telemundo NBC Universal 

Mariano Peralta
Real Estate Broker, Peralta Properties 

Jesús Ríos
Director of Student Services, The Foundation for Hispanic Education 

Miguel Rodríguez
Principal, Redwood High School 

David Sandate
Strategic Partnerships and Events, Neon Energy Drink 

Jazmín Segura
President, Latina Coalition of Silicon Valley 

Elena Valle
Community Program Supervisor, San Mateo County Library


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