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December 2021

  • Eneida Roman | Binational Advisory Board Member: Named to Boston Magazine 2021 Lawyers List

  • Rita Gallardo Good | HLI Class of '08: Elected to the Rebuilding Together National Board of Directors

  • Melissa Patrino | HLI Class of '09: Named Santa Barbara Botanic Garden Director of Development

  • Quirina Orozco | HLI Class of '02: Named Mayor Pro Tem for the City of West Sacramento

  • Mary Jean Duran | HLI Class of '99: Launched Podcast "Is It Just Me"

  • Nathalie Rayes | Chair of the HOPE Binational Advisory Group, HLI Class of '01: Nominated by President Joe Biden to Serve as a Member of the United States Institute of Peace Board & Directors


November 2021

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  • Dolores Arredondo | HOPE Advisory Board Member & Former HOPE Board Chair: Promoted to Senior Vice President Segments Marketing at City National Bank

  • Olga Rojas | HLI Class of '14: Finalist in the Society of Professional Journalist Excellence Award and the LA Press Club: Southern California Journalism Awards for Best Personality Profile

  • Sylvia Franco | HOPE Binational Advisory Committee Member: Appointed to the Miami-Dade County Hispanic Advisory Board

  • Liz Atlee | HOPE Board Treasurer: Honoree, In-House Counsel at a Public Company Los Angeles Business Journal, Leaders in Law Awards

September 2021

  • Marissa Bejarano | Former HOPE Board Member Appointed to serve as Superior Court Judge for the County of San Diego by CA Governor

  • Erica Gonzalez | HLI Class of '10 : Named Deputy Secretary of Equity & Strategic Initiatives at the Business, Consumer Services and Housing Agency by CA Governor

  • Supervisor Cindy Chavez | 2019 Binational Fellow : Appointed to the Board of State & Community Corrections by CA Governor

  • Lupita Sanchez Cornejo | HLI Class of '00 & Board Member : Appointed to the Board of CA Earthquake Early Warning by CA Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon

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August 2021

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  • Margita Thompson : 2021 Honorary HLI Inductees

  • Cathryn Rivera-Hernandez : 2021 Honorary HLI Inductees

July 2021

  • Denice Garcia | HLI Class of '09: Named Chief of Staff to San Diego County Supervisor Nora Vargas

  • Dr.Maricela Cervantes | HLI Class of '05: Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from Cal State L.A.

  • Dr.Kristan Venegas | HLI Class of '18: Joined the Provost office team as the Associate Provost of Graduate Programs and Regional and Online Campuses at the University of La Verne

  • Sindy Benavides | 2018 Binational Fellow: Named to the "100 Most Influential Latina Leaders 2021" list by Latino Leaders magazine in the category of "Civil Rights Leader"

  • Noramay Cadena | HLI Class of '14: Named to the "100 Most Influential Latina Leaders 2021" list by Latino Leaders magazine

  • Barbara Romero | HLI Class of '02: Named Executive Director of the Los Angeles Bureau of Sanitation

  • Dr.Martha Garcia | HLI Class of '14: Selected as new President at College of the Desert

  • Karla Salazar | HLI Class of '09: Named Executive Director of ScholarMatch


June 2021


May 2021

  • Viviana Becerra | HLI Class of '18: Named Chief of Staff to Attorney General of California Rob Bonta

  • Mayra Flores | HLI Class of '19: Named Chief of Staff for County of Santa Clara District 4 Supervisor Susan Ellenberg

  • Luz Molina Lopez | HLI Class of '17: Awarded UC San Diego’s Award for Inclusive Excellence

  • Gabriela Chavez-Lopez | HLI Class of '12: Recipient of the 2021 Silicon Valley Business Journal Women of Influence Award

  • María L. Villagómez | HLI Class of '07: Named 2021 Administrative/ Confidential Employee of the Year by Napa Valley College

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April 2021

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