A Message from our Executive Director

January 2017

Dear CLF familia,
As many of you undoubtedly share our feelings of fear and anger after the outcome of our elections, we hope you also share our determination to stand together to resist and to defend our families and our communities.
Let us move forward to rejoice and celebrate each other's spirit. Let us not have our joy be taken away from us. Since November 8th, I have found strength in your words, in the reminders of our lineage of struggle, perseverance, resistance and victories. And nowhere have I found more hope and inspiration than from our very own CLF sister board members, the current scholarship awardees and our Alumnae.

Continued >>
We're Hiring
The CLF Board has been working for several months
on the transition plan and is announcing the search
and selection process AS OF TODAY!
We hope that you will share the job announcement
and assist us in this noble endeavor of selecting
the next CLF Executive Director.

Olga Talamante, Executive Director
Announces Her Retirement

I sat at a table alongside others in 1988 and began to read a young woman’s story. She came from a farmworker family. She was the first in her family to attend college, juggling two jobs and taking care of her child as a single mom, and trying to make it through college with a full student class load. She was not sure how she would complete her community college degree and transfer to a UC campus in order to obtain a degree in counseling. She wanted to work as a high school counselor to provide the support she never received in high school, as she was not considered “college material”. Her struggles and resilience in the face of this adversity moved me and inspired me.

Little did I know that it would be the first of hundreds of personal stories I would have the honor to witness through my work at the Chicana Latina Foundation.

In January of 2003, after 14 years of serving on the Board, I had the distinct honor to become not only the first Executive Director but the first paid staff person of the Chicana Latina Foundation.

It has been my greatest privilege to serve in this role for the past 14 years and to work with the most dedicated board members and staff that any Executive Director could wish for.
With much love and gratitude for the people who make up the Chicana Latina Foundation community, I am announcing that I will retire as the CLF Executive Director by the end of 2017.

There will be more updates to follow, but for now, please know that I remain fully committed to CLF and its mission, that my heart has been and remains deeply touched by the stories of our students. In these most difficult political times, the bond with my CLF sisters, board, staff, and students have made it possible for me to get up every morning and carry out our mission with joy and hope in my heart.

Thank you, thank you, thank you, to so many of you who have been with CLF and with me on this journey since day one. I look forward to this next exciting chapter for both CLF and for me personally. I ask for your support in this important transition period.
And of course, come celebrate our 40th year of supporting our future social justice service leaders. Please join us Thursday, September 28, 2017 at the Westin St. Francis Hotel! CLF can always throw a great party, and this is one not to be missed!

Love and abrazos to all,
Olga Talamante


A Tribute to Our Querida Olga Talamante
From the CLF staff to our beloved Executive Director.
We are honored to share a few visuals of her humble beginnings as a daughter of immigrant farmworkers
to a life of activism, organizing and advocacy. Leadership from the community to the community!
Collage of Olga Images
Save the Date!
Chicana Latina Foundation
Celebrates 40th Anniversary
• Thursday, September 28, 2017 •
Westin St. Francis on Union Square • San Francisco
Dinner tickets go on sale June 1, 2017
Join us for our grandest gala dinner yet!
We will celebrate 40 years of empowering generations of Latinas to succeed
in their personal, educational and professional endeavors.
Stay tuned for more exciting details, but for now, mark your calendars!
2016 Cohorts

For questions contact: Alicia Orozco • alicia@chicanalatina.org / 650-548-1040
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