LATINA ACTION DAY AGENDA & SPEAKERS

Latina Policy Institute

10:00AM - 11:00 AM
Ballroom B03 – B10 

Join HOPE for the Latina Policy Institute where participants will learn the mechanics of advocacy and the importance of using their voices to fight for policies that recognize and support the Latino community in education, health access and economic prosperity.

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SB 1387 (Limón) 
Gubernatorial Appointments

Vanessa Spagnoli

HOPE Policy Consultant

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AB 1746 (Medina /McCarty) Cal Grant Reform 

Julie Cravotto

Legislative aide for 
Assemblymember Jose Medina

BIO

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Health Access 
#Health4All: Medi-Cal for All

Jose Torres Casillas

Policy and Legislative Advocate at Health Access

BIO

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SB 1162 (Limón) 
Pay Transparency for Pay Equity

Mariko Yoshihara

Legislative Counsel & Policy Director at California Employment Lawyers Association

BIO

Lunch Break

11:00 - 11:30 AM

Welcome Luncheon  Program

11:30AM - 11:45AM
Ballroom B03 – B10 

Elected and appointed leaders welcome us to Sacramento and share why your advocacy is important to their work and crucial to creating change in California.

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Welcome Remarks

ASM. WENDY CARRILLO

California State Assembly, D51

BIO

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Welcome Remarks

CELINDA M. VAZQUEZ

Conference Chair

Chief External Affairs Officer, Planned Parenthood Los Angeles 

BIO

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Emcee

GRECIA CARRILLO SCHATELL

News Anchor & Multimedia Journalist, Telemundo 33

BIO

Session I: Education Equity

11:45 AM - 1:00 PM
Ballroom B03 – B10 

SPONSORED BY

With nearly 3.3 million Latino Students in California’s public Education System, the push for educational equity must center the unique needs of our community.  Join education leaders, for a discussion about the opportunity gap that exists for Latino Students and the solutions, investments and policies needed to redesign an education system to support all students learning recovery and in achieving their academic goals and dreams.

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Panelist

Cruz Grimaldo

Assistant Vice Chancellor & Director, Financial Aid & Scholarships, 
UC Berkeley

Panelist

MARLENE L. GARCIA

Executive Director, CA Student Aid Commission

BIO

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Panelist

YAMMILETTE RODRIGUEZ

Member, California State University Board of Trustees & Sr. Director, Youth Leadership Institute

BIO

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Moderator

HELEN I. TORRES

CEO of HOPE

BIO

Coffee Break

1:00 - 1:15 PM

Session II: Workforce for the Future

California’s future is dependent on Latinas which will make up the future workforce.  How are our institutions preparing for this demographic shift?  What type of jobs are in store for us?  What role will technology from automations to the types of jobs and access to technology play? A panel of California’s Agency Secretaries will discuss the opportunities and challenges we face as a State and how we can ensure that Latinas are supported to meet the demands of the workforce of the future.

1:15 - 2:30 PM
Ballroom B03 – B10 

SPONSORED BY

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Introductory Remarks

LENNIES GUTIERREZ

Director of Government Affairs, Comcast 

BIO

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Panelist

NATALIE PALUGYAI

Secretary of the CA Labor & Workforce Development Agency

BIO

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Panelist

AMY TONG

Secretary of the California Government Operations Agency

BIO

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Moderator

Susanna Gonzalez 

Multimedia Reporter, Telemundo 33

Coffee Break

2:30 - 2:40 PM

Fireside Chat

2:40 PM - 3:00 PM
Ballroom B03 – B10 

Hear from the first woman elected Lt. Governor of California, Eleni Kounalakis, in conversation with HOPE CEO, Helen Torres.

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Speaker

ELENI KOUNALAKIS

Lieutenant Governor of California

BIO

Advocacy Prep Rally

3:00 - 3:30 PM
Ballroom B03 – B10 

Get ready to head over to the capitol to advocate on behalf of HOPE's policy priorities. We will break into smaller groups led by HOPE representatives who will guide you through the entire advocacy process.

Advocacy in Action: Capitol Visits

3:45 -4:45 PM
California State Capitol Committee Rooms

Join hundreds of Latinas from across California in leveraging our collective voice to educate our legislators on bills that have the potential to positively impact future generations of Latinas. Meet with fellow leaders, advocates and change makers to engage elected officials in HOPE’s 2022 Policy Agenda.

Affiliate Photos at Capitol Steps

4:45 - 5:15 PM
California State Capitol
East Steps / Rose Garden

Affiliate groups are invited to take a professional group photo at the Capitol Steps.

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Celebrating Latina Leadership Reception

5:30 pm– 7:30 pm 
SAFE Credit Union Convention Center, Ballroom B Pre-Function Area 

End Latina Action Day with a celebration of pioneering women who are championing their communities! HOPE will present the Latina Advocate honorees, local leaders nominated by Latina Legislators for their leadership and extraordinary contributions to their districts. Legislators will get a chance to meet constituents from their district and throughout California to express their gratitude for uniting in Sacramento to uplift their voices on issues impacting Latinas. Join us in celebration of these stellar advocates and their legislators!

RECEPTION CO-HOSTS

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Special Remarks

SEN. MARIA ELENA DURAZO

Chair, Latino Legislative Caucus 

BIO

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Special Remarks

SEN. LENA GONALEZ

CA State Senate, D33

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Special Remarks

ASM. CRISTINA GARCIA

Chair, CA Legislative Women's Caucus

BIO

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Special Remarks

ROSIE ARROYO

HOPE Board Chair

BIO

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Special Remarks

CELINDA M. VAZQUEZ

Event Chair

BIO

2022 Latina  Advocate Honorees

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Gladys Duarte-Ayala

Co-Founder / Vice-President & Chief Financial Officer, Chicas Mom, Inc.
BIO

Nominated by:

Assemblymember Luz Rivas

Audrey Casas 

English Teacher, Lynwood High School
BIO

Nominated by:  
Senator Lena Gonzales

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Abigail Medina

San Bernadino City Unified School District Trustee
BIO

Nominated by:
Majority Leader Eloise Reyes 

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Alma Puente

Mayor Pro Tem, El Monte
BIO

Nominated by:
Senator Susan Rubio

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Sandra Zamora

Lead Officer, Los Angeles Police Department - Devonshire Station
BIO

Nominated by: Assemblymember Suzette Martinez Valladares 

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Martha Zarate

Community Healthcare Worker
BIO

Nominated by: Senator Anna Caballero