Annual Scholarship Dinner

Every year in October we hold a dinner in celebration and honor of the talented mujeres who have been chosen for the scholarship. This year we were able to give 40 scholarships which several having special sponsorship that awarded them $1,500. At each dinner we also recognize two Latina Leaders, this year's awards went Catherine Sandoval, for our Legacy Award and, Rebeca Rangel for our Emerging Leader Award. Maria Leticia Gomez, News Anchor for Univision KDTV 14, was the MC for the night.

Catherine Sandoval is the newly appointed to the California Public Utilities Commission and Santa Clara University Law Professor, Catherine Sandoval has been named by Gov. Jerry Brown to be one of two new commissioners on the five-member CPUC.

She is the first Latina to be named to serve as a CPUC Commissioner in its more than 100-year history. Prior to joining the SCU Law faculty, Sandoval serves and the undersecretary for California's Business, Transportation and housing Agency where she worked on infrastructure and energy issues. Previously she was the Vice-President and general counsel fro Z-Spanish Media Corporation, a Sacramento based communications company.

Sandoval graduated with a B.A., magna cum laude, from Yale University and received her law degree from Stanford Law School. She received a Master of Letters in Politics for Oxford University, which she attended through a Rhodes scholarship-the first Latina to receive the prestigious award. She hails from East Los Angeles and was the first person in her family to receive a bachelor's degree.

Rebeca Rangel is the Senior Vice President, Community Affairs Manager at Bank of the West since 2005. Rangel is responsible for the Bank's community relations efforts, as well as it's multi-million dollar corporate philanthropy program. Her works strategically advanced Bank of the West's $75 billion community support goals and Community Reinvestment Act objectives. Rangel is also a Bank of the West Charitable Foundation Trustee.

Prior to joining the Bank of the West, Rangel serves as a Legislative Assistant to then Congresswoman Hilda L. Solis in Washington D.C. where she developed legislative strategy for a broad portfolio of domestic and international issues. Rangel has also provided consulting and research assistance to the National Council of La Raza, the Greenlining Institute, and microfinance institution such as Accion USA and Pro Mujer-Mexico.

Originally from Richmond, Rangel holds a bachelor's degree in Urban Studies from Stanford University, a master degree in public policy from Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government and ia Pacific Coast Banking School graduate. Throughout her academic career, Rangel enjoyed teaching English as a Second Language to university service employees and education underserved youth.

See the list of the 2011 Scholarship Awardees.

Pictures from our 2011 Anniversary Dinner



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