To meet program demand, Latinos LEAD is converting its live Ready to LEAD webinars to a pre-recorded format. This will support greater user flexibility and create opportunities for a wider spectrum of instructors and guest speakers. Recorded webinar release dates will be published in early 2023. As with the live version, user handbooks and toolkits will support ongoing individual professional development in nonprofit strategy, management, and community leadership. A live monthly open forum will provide webinar users the opportunity to ask questions and engage webinar instructors.
Patrick Salazar brings more than 30 years experience in executive search, nonprofit senior management, and private consulting, specializing in fundraising, program development, evaluation, and communications. His consulting has helped many nonprofit organizations build organizational capacity and successfully navigate start-up and turnaround operations.
From 2016 to 2021 Salazar was a principal consultant with m/Oppenheim Associates, a national executive search firm that exclusively serves the nonprofit industry. Salazar co-led searches that resulted in placing the CEO at Heal the Bay (Santa Monica, CA), the CEO at Discovery Children’s Museum (Las Vegas), the Director of the Annenberg Space for Photography (Los Angeles), and the CEO at Episcopal Community Services (San Francisco).
Salazar has held a broad range of senior staff and consulting roles with Latino-serving and other nonprofit organizations, including UnidosUS (formerly National Council of La Raza), National Association of Hispanic Journalists, National Hispana Leadership Institute, Latino USA, Harry Truman Scholarship Foundation, Antioch University, University of Utah, Pierce College, and the Latino Donor Collaborative.
Salazar served honorably in the U.S. Navy aboard the aircraft carrier USS Coral Sea (CV-43), and was decorated for meritorious service during the Iranian Hostage Crisis and Operation Eagle Claw, the hostage rescue attempt in 1980.
He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Business (Marketing) from the University of Utah, and an MBA at the University of Texas at Austin.
Salazar has served on the boards of the Chicano Scholarship Fund (Univ. of Utah), Utah Coalition of La Raza (Co-Founder), East LA Classic Theatre, and Santa Monica Alternative School House (VP Fundraising).
Sandra Cruz is the Early Learning Program Manager at PBS SoCal | KCET. In her role, she collaborates with community organizations in Los Angeles and Orange County to support family engagement efforts through playful learning experiences. Over the course of her professional experience, she has coordinated, facilitated, and developed a series of bilingual family workshops to model S.T.E.M. learning and media mentorship. Sandra has a bachelor’s degree in child development from San Francisco State University and is an advocate for early literacy, S.T.E.M learning, and community co-design.
Stephanie Gomez has over twelve years of experience working in philanthropy and community-based organizations in Los Angeles. She has been facilitating family workshops on topics including college financial aid and parent advocacy for nearly ten years. Stephanie earned her master’s degree in public policy from the University of Southern California and her bachelor’s degree in sociology from UCLA.
April was born and raised in Los Angeles, and has always loved working with community-based organizations. Since graduating from Cal State Long Beach, with a B.A in Geography, April has been committed to connecting people to resources and advocating for environmental health. She has over five years of experience working in underserved communities and has helped implement pilot projects, such as the Water LA program, to help communities become more climate-resilient through the power of nature based solutions and community advocacy. Currently, April serves the North East Los Angeles area by assisting in the implementation of waste prevention techniques and guiding the community on proper recycling and food rescue practices. When April is not out exploring new food in her community she enjoys taking weekend camping trips to disconnect from the busy bustle of city life.
Beatriz Garcia has 14 years experience as a leader in the nonprofit sector across operations and program management, including managing multimillion-dollar budgets and fundraising campaigns. She has expertise in building systemic change and establishing equitable and inclusive spaces for organizations that work with underrepresented and underserved communities, and is an expert in guiding nonprofit professionals to meet their potential. Most recently, she became a certified coach and in 2020 launched Your Truth At Work, a healing space for ethnically diverse professionals. Beatriz identifies as a social justice advocate, first-generation Latina, Angelino, and daughter of immigrants. She has a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from California State University Northridge, and a Master of Arts in Nonprofit Management from Antioch University. When not in pursuit of visiting all 50 states before turning 50, Beatriz enjoys glistening through boxing classes, taking in many a movie at her local cinema, or relaxing at home, quietly reading a Brene Brown paperback.