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Hope Leadership

Our Mission

HOPE® is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that has focused on empowering our communities through advocacy, Latina leadership training, and increasing knowledge on the contributions Latinas have made to advance the status of women for the past 30 years. To date, HOPE’s innovative programming has served 56,000 Latinas statewide and touched the lives of several thousand more.

Chair of the Board

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Vanessa Cajina

KP Public Affairs

Vanessa Cajina is based in Sacramento and is a lobbyist with KP Public Affairs, with over 15 years of lobbying and advocacy experience in health and human services and the state budget. Vanessa has been with KP Public Affairs since 2012 and leads the firm’s health care practice. She also has extensive experience in public health, natural resources, including water, and planning and local government, and has carved out a specific niche representing clients with state budget needs.

 

Prior to joining KP, Vanessa worked with nonprofit advocacy organizations to protect and promote critical health and human services programs, including the Western Center on Law and Poverty, the California Immigrant Policy Center, and the Latino Coalition for a Healthy California.

 

Vanessa took on the office of HOPE Board Chair in January 2022, where she leads strategies to advance HOPE's mission of ensuring economic and political parity for Latinas. 

Board Officers

Helen Iris Torres

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR & CEO 
(Non-Voting Member)

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Elizabeth Atlee

HOPE BOARD 1st VICE CHAIR
CBRE | Legal

Laura Arciniega

HOPE BOARD 2nd  VICE CHAIR 
The Raben Group

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Erica Cabrera

HOPE BOARD SECRETARY

PG&E

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Anabel Giron

HOPE BOARD TREASURER

California Wellness Foundation

Board of Directors

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Maribeth Annaguey

Annaguey McCann

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Sandra Magana Cuellar

Charter Communications

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Nora Dominguez, Ed.D.

University of La Verne

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Lennies Gutierrez

Comcast

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Nicolina Hernandez

Sempra Energy

Evelin Martinez

Bank of America

FOUNDING MEMBERS

Maria Contreras-Sweet

Founding HOPE President 

Former Administrator for the U.S. Small

Business Administration
 

Carmela Locayo

National Association for the Hispanic Elderly

Minnie Lopez-Baffo

SoCalGas (Retired)

Olga E. Moreno

Former Deputy Secretary

Health & Welfare Agency, State of CA

 

Maria Salinas

President

Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce

In loving memory of Gilda Bojorquez-Gjurich

CHAMPIONS OF HOPE (advisory board)

Luisa Acosta

360 Agency

Dolores L. Arredondo

City National Bank

Rosie Arroyo

California Community Foundation

Elmy Bermejo

SBA Region IX Administrator

Karime Sanchez Bradvica

Karime Bradvica Consulting

Olivia Campos-Bergeron

Anita Gabrielian

CG Benefits

Lupita C. Garza

White Memorial Medical Center

Mónica Gil

NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises

Lorena Hernandez

Comcast

David Lizarraga

TELACU

Carrie Lopez

Consultant

Lidia S. Martinez

Southwest Airlines (Retired)

John Mendez

Mendez Strategy Group

Clara Potes-Fellow

Nonprofit Consultant

Brissa Sotelo-Vargas

Valero

 

Cecilia Soto-Loftus, MPH

Elaine Treviño

Almond Alliance of California

Lupita Sanchez-Cornejo

AT&T

Susan Sifuentes Trigueros

SoCalGas

Arturo Vargas

NALEO

Nora E. Vargas

San Diego County Supervisor

Peter R. Villegas

Actum

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