Why the Nueva Epoca Program? 

  • The overall Latino or Hispanic population grew by around 11% to about 15.6 million people, or 39.4% percent of the state’s total residents.*
  • Only 5% of nonprofit executive directors in the Sacramento Region are Latinx
  • Only 7% of nonprofit Board of Directors in the Sacramento Region are Latinx
  • 1% of all philanthropy dollars in the nation go to Latinx organizations
  • In our first cohort Nueva Epoca has assisted in appointing 16 fellows to boards and commissions through the Sacramento Region

The time is now...

Building a Leadership Community that...

– more closely mirrors the Region’s diverse population

– is prepared to lead the way during challenging times

– creates innovative solutions that affect change

– will advocate as the “voices” of the Latinx community

Participants will…

– increase their knowledge & skillset around implicit bias, negotiation, boards & commissions, functional teams, strategic planning, and more

– Name, Claim & Aim their personal strengths

– enhance the value they bring to the ventures they pursue

– broaden their exposure to community programs to gain a deeper understanding of life and issues in our region

The ideal program participant will be

– interested in learning leadership from a Latinx cultural perspective

– motivated to be engaged within the Sacramento Region in a leadership capacity

– committed to personal growth and development

– energetic, engaging, caring, and passionate about making a difference

– understands the importance of social responsibility, ongoing education, and purposeful involvement in the organizations and communities they serve

– are either members of the Latinx community or recognize the importance of this demographic to the future of the region

– and are available during the months of February-August 2023, the plan is a combination of virtual & in-person learning community sessions

Take the first step-Nominate yourself or someone else for Cohort IV


Fellows & Facilitators

Senior Fellows - Cohort I - Class of 2021

Our first cohort of 16 amazing Fellows –(February – July 2021) have graduated and now serve on the noted nonprofit boards and  government commissions

Sara Bernal – Center for Land-Based Learning
West Sacramento Housing Development Corp.

Gerardo Cabral – ABC 10
Verge Center for the Arts 

Katharine Campos – Yolo County Assessor/ClerkRecorder/Elections
Yolo CASA 

Alma Caravarin  – Community Projects Consultant
New Leaders Council 

Mariana Corona Sabeniano –  Ca State Legislature
Sacramento County Commission on Women and Girls and Latino Economic Council

Vanessa Cuevas-Romero – City of Sacramento
Sacramento County Children’s Coalition 

Elizabeth Esquivel – California Association  School Business Officials
West Sacramento Planning Commission and Hispanic Chamber Foundation

Rosa Flores – Latino Coalition for a Healthy California project of TIDES
My Sister’s House 

Manny Garcia – Charles Schwab
Cottage Housing 

Roxana Garcia-Ochoa –  Health Education Council
Cottage Housing 

Maryam Irfan –  UC Davis Early Academic Outreach Program

Heather Mendez Ross –  Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD)
Young Professionals in Energy 

Juan P. Novello –  Sacramento Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Asian Resources – Chair of Fundraising 

Jovanny Perez – California State University, Sacramento
Sol Aureus Charter School

Jenny Rodriquez – Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD)
Elk Grove EDGE (Equity, Diversity, Gender, Empowerment)

Armando Salud – Yolo County Assessor/ClerkRecorder/Elections
New Leaders Council, Recruitment and Selection Chair


Cohort II Fellows - Class of 2021-2022

Nueva Epoca Fellows  – Cohort II – (July 2021- February 2022)

Introducing our second cohort of 16 amazing Fellows


Jessie Armenta – La Familia Counseling Center

Mysti Champion-Freyenberger – Sacramento Municipal Utility District

Tomas Evangelista Torres –  Evangelista Community Relations

Belen Flores – California Center for Civic Participation

Damian A. Garcia – Garcia Performance Solutions

Ricardo Lopez – Yolo County Children’s Alliance

Kathleen Martinez – Sacramento Municipal Utility District

Aliyah Moreno – Yolo Food Bank

Rosie Ramos – Sacramento Area Council of Governments

E. Avigail Romero – Rustic Strategies & J2 Global

Krystal Toledo – Northwestern Mutual

Brian Vargas – Pro Youth & Families/Youth & Family Collective

Jose Emmanuel Vega – Sacramento LGBT Community Center

Mayra Vega – LABCORP

Maria E. Vides-Medal – City of Sacramento, Civic Engagement Division

Brandon Villegas – RISE, Inc.

Program Advisory Council Members

The Program Advisory Council is a group of Latinx leaders from the Sacramento region with a strong commitment to Nueva Epoca. They provide cultural wisdom for the content and direction of the program as well as subject matter expertise and facilitation.

Leticia Alejandrez – LA 20/20 Consulting Solutions, LLC

Jose Bodipo-Memba – SMUD

Caroline Cabias – UC Davis

Lisa Cordoza – CSU Sacramento  – University Advancement

Maggie Carrillo-Mejia –  Educator/ SCUSD Former Superintendent

Edmundo Castaneda – Dignity Health

Francisco Castillo – Union Pacific Railroad Company

Rita Gallardo Good – CSU Sacramento

Philip Garcia – CSU Sacramento – Retired

Larry Garcia – Garcia Performance Solutions

Melinda Guzman – Attorney At Law 

Alice Perez – ATT

Sam Perez – Rodriguez, Perez, Delgado & Co., LLP

Randy Reynoso – Well Fargo Bank – Retired

Marco Rodriguez – Principal Financial Group

Jesse Salinas – Yolo County Assessor/Clerk-Recorder/Registrar of Voters



Program Directors


Doni Blumenstock – Connections Consulting
Adrian Ruiz – Executive Director YDN

Facilitators and Presenters

Marie Acosta

Joaquin Alvarado

Gina Azzarello

Jose Bodipo-Memba

David Cabral

Lisa Cardoza

Edmundo Casteneda

Francisco Castillo

Mysti Champion-Freyenberger

Flo Cofer

Michael Colatrella

Veronica Delgado

Tina Dyer

Dr. Addie Ellis

Rita Gallardo Good

Phil Garcia

Larry Garcia

Mario Guerrero

Chief Daniel Hahn

María Harrington 

Michael Jasso

Dr. Jessica Kriegel

Arlicia Lorentty

Cruz Naranjo

Alice Perez

Rachel Rios

Xochitl Rodriguez

Cathy Rodriguez

Adrian Ruiz Jr.

Rita Saenz

Jesse Salinas

Daniel Savala

Jessica Swaney

Katie Valenzuela

Rogelio Villagrana

Oscar Villegas

Steve Winlock 

Lilly Wyatt

Dr. Tico Zendejas

The Nueva Epoca program reminded me that not only do I belong at the table where key decisions are made, but that my voice and perspective is needed to ensure people and Latino people of color are adequately represented in our government by serving on boards and commissions.

by Elizabeth Esquivel

The thing I really learned about was really myself. I learned that servant leadership is exactly the leadership style that I embody and it’s something that I can be proud of. I learned that there is no such thing as a “right way” to be Latinx. I learned that so many of us have come this far never feeling that we were enough or that we belonged, that our ideas or our views or our experiences are in fact shared across so many different spaces.

by Sara Bernal

This program just continuously reminds me that regardless of where I come from, I deserve a seat at the table.

by Jovanny Perez

Nueva Epoca is something that has been a long time coming, but I’m so honored to be part of what is here now today and to provide Latinx leaders in our community the tools and network they need.

by Armando Salud

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