We're excited to announce the incoming UCLA Latino Alumni Association 2021-2022 Board! This incoming volunteer board is excited to continue bringing our community together. Gracias to our 2020-2021 out-going board for their hard work, commitment, and amor.
To be a gathering place for UCLA alumni, family, and friends for the benefit and advancement of the Latino community.
- To provide opportunities for our network to take advantage of the resources of the University of California, Los Angeles.
- To provide opportunities for our network to take advantage of the resources of the University of California, Los Angeles.
- To encourage and assist Latino students to enter and succeed at UCLA.
- To provide financial, academic, social, and professional support to Latino students, faculty, and staff.
- To promote access to UCLA’s academic, administrative, and economic resources for the advancement of the Latino community.
- To promote the recruitment and success of Latino faculty, staff, and administrators.
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Letter from 2020 President:
I am profoundly honored by the opportunity to serve as the President of the UCLA Latino Alumni Association (ULAA) for the next two years. This year I succeed in the president position from Soleil Delgadillo ‘09 & U.N.E.X. ’19. I thank Soleil for all her hard work and leadership as president these past 2 years and for reinvigorating our association.
Having previously served as Vice President of ULAA, I’m committed to maintaining the momentum that we have gained over the years moving forward in working with our new Alumni Board who is enthusiastic and dedicated to UCLA, ULAA and its students.
As a proud alumnus of UCLA and prior beneficiary of ULAA, I could not be prouder of our association’s accomplishments. ULAA has successfully provided more than $1.5 million in scholarships to Latino students over the past 30 years! Our goal is to continue ULAA’s legacy by developing fundraising opportunities to provide more scholarships to students and building a stronger presence of the alumni association regionally, increasing our membership base, and promoting exciting activities and events during this pandemic, and after restrictions are lifted.
Our new board has an ambitious year ahead implementing goals and strategies to increase our service to the alumni despite the current challenges presented which unfortunately limit us to virtual events for the time being. We will need our alumni’s participation and commitment to helping us carry out our goals. There are many ways to give back, and we encourage you to get involved, whether it be monetarily, serving on a committee, becoming a career and academic mentor, or participating as a speaker on a panel discussion.
Thank you to all the alumni that have supported ULAA in the past! I look forward to your commitment in supporting us this year. Your engagement encourages continued success for our students and promotes our goals.
Janette Palacios ’98, MURP ‘01
UCLA Latino Alumni Association
'20-'21 Board Bios:
President - Janette Palacios, ‘98 & M.U.R.P. ‘01
Janette Palacios was born and raised in Holtville, California, a small agricultural town in the Imperial Valley. In 1996, she left her community to pursue her studies at UCLA, where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology with a Specialization in Chicana/o Studies in 1998, followed by a Master’s degree in Urban Planning in 2001. After graduate school, she was hired as a Project Manager for the UFW’s National Farm Workers Service Center, Inc., in the Housing and Economic Development Office where she managed and oversaw the construction of affordable housing for farm workers and low-income families in the cities of San Francisco and Gilroy. Janette has spent the last 17 years working in municipal government. Currently, she handles real estate and economic development matters as a Project Manager for the City of Alhambra. A proud UCLA Alumna, Janette developed a passion for giving back to UCLA. In 2014, she co-founded and served on the board for the UCLA Alumni Los Angeles Southeast Network. Building on this positive experience, Janette also founded the UCLA Beachside Alumni Network where she served as President. She is also a member of UCLA Gold Shield and Latina Golfer’s Association. Her involvement with the UCLA Latino Alumni Association started during her undergraduate studies. She volunteered at several events which included golf tournaments and Fiesta de Inspiración, and was very fortunate to have been a double scholar of the ULAA scholarship. In 2018, Janette was elected Vice President for the UCLA Latino Alumni Association, and re-elected in 2019. She oversaw the Community Relations Committee and Scholarship Committee, and served as the ULAA representative for the UCLA Diversity Advisory Committee, and University of California Chicanx Latinx Alumni Association. Janette will be serving as President for ULAA for the 2020-2022 term. As a proud UCLA alumnus and prior beneficiary of this great organization, she looks forward to advancing ULAA’s mission of providing mentoring and scholarships to students, and encourage Alumni strategic participation.
Vice President - Cesar Pacheco, ‘18
Cesar grew up in Fresno, California and is a young real estate professional in Los Angeles. As a commercial real estate agent, he primarily focuses on finding development deals for developers who are looking to build mixed-use projects and multifamily owners who are looking to sell their apartments. He focuses on finding Transit-Oriented Communities (TOC) properties, locating and connecting with owners through traditional and creative means, and finally negotiating with these owners to sell or participate in joint-ventures by putting up their land at a predetermined cost basis. He is also a bookkeeper for a small property management company that primarily operates multifamily properties.
Cesar received his bachelor’s degree of Arts in Anthropology from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2018 and also graduated from the USC Ross Minority Program in Real Estate in 2019. He is a member of UCLA Bruin Professionals, the UCLA Real Estate Alumni Group and the West Los Angeles Chancellor’s Society. Cesar looks forward to serving as the UCLA Latino Alumni Association’s (ULAA) presence on campus. In his freetime, Cesar enjoys reading, exercising, and traveling.
Secretary - Carlos Almendárez, J.D.‘17
Carlos Almendárez was raised in Los Angeles by immigrant parents from El Salvador. He is the product of the Los Angeles Unified School District and the University of California system. He was a first-generation student at Berkeley and is a graduate of the UCLA School of Law where he was President of the Class of 2017, Executive Editor of the Chicana/o-Latina/o Law Review, Co-chair of the Workers Rights Project, and a Mentor in the Law Fellows Program. Carlos is currently a Labor Relations Attorney. As part of the labor movement, Carlos advocates for workers and holds a belief in the dignity and worth of workers and the services they provide and is dedicated to improving the lives of workers, their families, and the communities they serve.
Treasurer - Adrian Meza, ‘04
Adrian was born and raised in the City of Bell, California, located on the west bank of the Los Angeles River. With over 15 years of experience in various areas at UCLA he has an extensive knowledge of the inner workings of the University and once served as Director of Finance and Business Development for the UCLA Alumni Association. As Finance Director he worked closely with ULAA which eventually led him to serve as ULAA Treasurer for FY 2019-2020.
Adrian graduated from UCLA with a B.A in Sociology. He is an advocate for mental health awareness as a volunteer program leader for the NAMI (National Alliance for Mental Illness) Family-to Family educational class.
Past President - Soleil Delgadillo, ‘09 & U.N.E.X. ‘19
Soleil's leadership focuses on underserved communities in Los Angeles County, where she was born and raised. Currently, she serves as the Volunteer & Community Engagement Manager at the Children's Institute, Inc. (CII) where she utilizes her talents to engage the corporate, student and individual community to give back by way of volunteering, corporate sponsorship, in-kind donations and most importantly helping various sectors grow together. She currently serves as an advisory board member to Fostering Dreams Through Dance.
Soleil most recently finished her term as President of the UCLA Latino Alumni Association (ULAA) between 2018-2020. During her term, ULAA received "2019 Network of the Year" from the UCLA Alumni Association. Between 2013-2018 she served as the Scholarship Chair where she oversaw the scholarship process and OrgullOSO Mentor Program. She will continue to support the new board in reaching the $1M scholarship endowment goal.
Soleil graduated from UCLA with a B.A. in sociology and minor in women’s studies and earned an M.S. in school counseling with a Pupil Personnel Services Credential from California State University, Long Beach. Soleil is the recipient of the UCLA 2017 Young Alumni Volunteer of the Year Award, and a graduate of the UCLA Anderson Riordan MBA Fellows Program. She completed UCLA's Fundraising Certificate Extension program in 2019 and hopes to obtain her Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) in the near future.
Membership Chair - Mariana Vega ‘16
Scholarship Chair -
Finance Chair - Jennifer Mora ‘96
As a first-generation college student at UCLA, Jennifer was inspired to major in Chicana and Chicano Studies because of her experience growing up in San Francisco’s Mission District. The life-changing experience of transferring to a four-year university led her to pursue roles in which she could support causes and organizations aligned with her values and commitment to access and opportunity.
Jennifer began her career in higher education advancement at UC Berkeley with the Cal Alumni Association (CAA). During her 11 years with CAA, she launched new programs and initiatives, including implementing a multi-channel annual giving program and leading their scholarship stewardship program. As the inaugural Senior Director, Alumni Scholarships and Major Gifts she partnered with alumni and friends on philanthropic opportunities to advance the university’s vision for student access and success. During her three years on UC Berkeley’s Student Experience and Diversity team, Jennifer led fundraising efforts for the divisions of Student Affairs and Undergraduate Education--raising more than $25 million--and co-led the implementation of a comprehensive scholarship fundraising initiative as part of The Campaign For Berkeley. Currently, Jennifer serves as Senior Director, Major Gifts, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion and Community Initiatives at the University of San Francisco.
Jennifer earned her B.A. in Chicana and Chicano Studies from UCLA and her Masters of Public Administration from Sonoma State University. She completed the Certificate Program in Leadership and Management through UC Berkeley Extension. In addition to her role on the UCLA Latino Alumni Association Board, Jennifer served as a member of the CASE District VII Cabinet for six years, co-chaired the Awards of Excellence for three years, and currently serves as the 2022 CASE District VII Conference co-chair.
University Relations Chair - Sylvia Robledo, ‘02
Sylvia Robledo is a media expert in public affairs and community engagement with over 20 years experience; she is currently working on developing a digital media and entertainment company for Latinas led by Latinas. Robledo is passionate about educating, mentoring and empowering Latinas to grow beyond their wildest expectations. Robledo is an advocate of getting women elected to office; she worked for Fund for the Feminist Majority and Emily’s List as the Western Regional POP Director. She also served as president of Commission Femenil de Los Angeles, a membership driven volunteer group for Latinas. She has worked as a staff member in three Council Offices in the City of Los Angeles, a State of California Assembly Speaker and a School Board Member. Her experience also includes the private sector where she worked at California Medical Center as an executive administrator in Public Affairs and as a publicity coordinator for A&M Records Latin Division.
Social justice and civic participation is an integral part of Robledo’s commitment which currently includes serving on the UCLA Communications Board, UCLA Latino Alumni Board, Catholic Association of Latino Leaders and the Mt. Washington Preschool and Child Care Center. She also served as the first woman president of the Los Angeles Convention Center Commission, the Los Angeles County Business License Commission, the Committee to Investigate Rampart, the Southwest Voter Registration Project and the Los Angeles Legal Aid Foundation. As a student at UCLA she was assistant editor of LA Gente and Director of Amigos del Barrio. She was awarded Woman of the Year in the 46th Assembly District by the Hon. Gil Cedillo. Sylvia Robledo is a homeowner in Los Angeles and has a B.A. from UCLA; she enjoys family and friends, UCLA Basketball, hiking, swimming and spending time at her vacation home in Baja, California.
“My best memory at UCLA was walking the streets of Westwood for the first time in awe and understanding that different worlds exist beyond our current experiences so keep dreaming.”
Community Relations Chair - Nicki Beltranena, ‘02
Nicki was born in Guatemala City, Guatemala and moved to California when she was 3. She graduated UCLA in 2002 with a BS in Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics and went on to complete her MFA in Writing for Film and Television at Loyola Marymount University in 2007. In Entertainment, she has worked for companies such as Dark Light Pictures, ICM, CBS and Brillstein Entertainment Partners. In addition to UCLA and LMU, Nicki has studied with Joan Scheckle in her Film Lab Series, she has completed the Baron and Brown 2-Year Vital Acting program with DW Brown as well as four Master Classes with JoAnne Baron, she studied at the Howard Fine Acting Studio, The Groundlings. and is currently enrolled on weekends at LATTC in Fashion Design. She continues regularly train in multiple styles of dance. Nicki served on the UCLA Latino Alumni Board as Secretary in 2019-2020 and will serve as the incoming Community Relations Chair for 2020-2021.