|The Chicana Latina Foundation Board of Directors is excited to announce the new Executive Director of the Chicana Latina Foundation, Patricia Diaz.
Patricia (Patty) Diaz is a second-generation immigrant born and raised in the Salinas valley. With 20 years of experience in the non-profit sector, Patricia has worked in the areas of leadership, fundraising, management, policy advocacy, community building and direct services for Latino and immigrant families. She served ten years as the Executive Director of Services, Immigrant Rights, and Education Network ( SIREN
) in San Jose. Under her leadership, she brought the organization financial growth, reorganized its program priorities, and partnered with key statewide and national partners that led to victories for immigrants and their families.
Prior to SIREN, Patricia worked in the areas of policy development, advocacy, research, and campaign development at the Latino Coalition for a Healthy California, the National Council of La Raza, and a policy consulting firm in Sacramento. She received her B.S. in Psychology from the University of California, Davis and her MSW with a concentration in Community Organization, Planning and Administration at the California State University of Sacramento.
Beatriz Leyva-Cutler and Maria X Martinez, Co-Chairs of the Board, are confident Patricia will further the mission of the Chicana Latina Foundation. “The Board was unanimous in the belief that Patricia will partner in advancing the CLF vision as a vibrant and strong organization.” Patricia agrees, “I’m prepared to listen and learn what has made the Chicana Latina Foundation programs effective; and through partnerships with the Board, staff, and Alumnae Association, I look forward to building onto that success.”
In our 40th year as a nonprofit, Patricia Diaz will serve as the Chicana Latina Foundation’s second Executive Director following in the footsteps of Dr. Olga Talamante who has led the organization for the past 15 years. Olga is delighted to welcome Patricia as the new Executive Director, “I am excited and confident that Patty brings the kind of visionary and heartfelt leadership to CLF to continue its extraordinary work and take it to greater and new levels of success.” The Board thanks Olga Talamante for leading CLF for the last 15 years and building it into one of the most respected and effective organizations for developing the new generations of social justice leaders yesterday, today and tomorrow. ¡Gracias Olga de corazon!
Please join us in welcoming Patricia (Patty) Diaz
as she starts her new position on January 8, 2018!
Stay tuned for an invitation to a welcome event.