BAHIA's Board of Directors

Marla Gallegos-Diaz.Maria Guada(Lupe) Gallegos-Diaz, BAHIA Board President
Director, Chicana Latino Academic Student Development (CLASD), University of California, Berkeley. 

Lupe Gallegos-Diaz directs the Chicana Latino Academic Student development office at University of California, Berkeley (UCB), where she also serves as a community affairs liaison for the Latino communities on and off campus.

At UCB, Lupe teaches seminars/courses for the Department of Ethnic Studies/Chicano Studies and the School of Social Welfare in areas that include student, community, and leadership development; philanthropy, fundraising, nonprofits and Latino social work practice.

Lupe received her B.A. in Sociology from Santa Clara University, an M.S.W. from the School of Social Welfare from UC Berkeley, and a certificate in fundraising from the University of San Francisco.

She is a founder of the Fundraising Multicultural Alliance Program for the Association of Fundraising Professionals Golden Gate Chapter, and has served twice as chair to the National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies (NACCS). In addition, she has been a council member of the North Fair Oaks Advisory Council and a commissioner on the Commission on the Status of Women in San Mateo County. Lupe has also served in several positions some of which include: Consejera for the Instituto de Los Mexicanos al Exterior; Exterior; Administrator coordinator for the Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social (MALCS); Consultant for the Association of American Colleges and UniversitiesCampus Women Lead (CWL). Currently she is co-chair of the Chicana/Latina Foundation and serves as the UCB development vice president for the Chicano Latino Alumni Association (CLAA).

Following in her family's activist and entrepreneurial roots, Lupe continues the tradition of leadership and development within the Latino community as BAHIA board president.

Dolores TerrazasMaria Cetto, BAHIA Vice-President

Maria's bio to come

Sylvia Gonzales.Sylvia Gonzalez, BAHIA Board Member
Human Resource Coordinator, City of San Rafael

Sylvia Gonzalez is the Human Resource Coordinator for the City of San Rafael. She has represented the San Rafael city office in community outreach, employee relations, policy development and project management.  She is a member of the Employee Recognition, Employee Benefits and Employee Satisfaction committees, as well as the city's labor negotiations team.  Sylvia is a graduate of the 2011 San Rafael Chamber of Commerce Leadership Institute and is a member of the California Public Employer Labor Relations Association (CalPELRA), and the International Public Management Association for Human Resources (IPMA-HR).

Sylvia's ties to BAHIA span nearly 30 years — first as a member of one of Centro VIDA's first graduating classes, later as a summer youth worker and full-time employee, and, since 2007, as a board member. She holds a B.A. in Sociology and an M.A. in Public Administration/Organizational Development from Cal State East Bay. Sylvia serves on the Board's Administration/Finance committee and, as an alumni, is an example of the benefits of early childhood education combined with bilingualism and cultural heritage. As a board member, she continues her long-standing relationship and support of BAHIA's programs and vision.

Fernando Flores.Fernando Flores, BAHIA Board Member
Attorney, Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center

Fernando Flores is Director of the Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center's Wage and Hour Enforcement Litigation Program, where he provides low-wage workers with greater access to the legal system and represents workers in state and federal court in California wage and hour law cases. Born in Evanston, IL and raised in Guadalajara, Mexico, Fernando received his J.D. from UC Davis in 2007, the first member in his family to become an attorney.  He earned a B.A. in Sociology and Rhetoric from UC Berkeley.  

Fernando recognizes the importance of a valuable education at an early age based on his own experience. Studying in Mexico until he was eight years old, he had dedicated teachers who taught him English as well as Spanish. Fernando recognizes the same commitment from BAHIA´s bilingual educators and is proud to serve alongside them as a board member since 2010.

Jorge Servin.Jorge Servin, BAHIA Board Treasurer
Accountant, Hood & Strong, San Francisco, CA 

Jorge Servin has considerable non-profit experience in his 11 years in public accounting, where he oversees financial, single-audit, and program specific audits.  In addition, Jorge has provided accounting and business advisory services for non-profit organizations.

Jorge is a member of the American Institute of CPAs, the California Society of CPAs, and the Government Accounting Quality Center (GAQC), a voluntary membership center that promotes the importance and quality of governmental audits to purchasers of governmental audit services.  Jorge received a B.S. in Business Administration with an emphasis in accounting from Sonoma State University.

As a father of two young children, Jorge understands the importance of providing a solid foundation for a child. BAHIA has a long track record of proving such and as a board member since 2011, it gives him the opportunity to contribute to BAHIA's continued success.

Lisa Ginn Steel.Lisa Ginn Steel, BAHIA Board Member
Child Advocate/Graduate Student

Lisa Ginn Steel is a board member of Friends of Alameda County CASA (FOACC) and also serves as a member of their fundraising committee. Lisa has been a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for Alameda County advocating for the rights and education for foster youth for more than four years. Lisa is a community volunteer who focuses on educational attainment for disadvantaged youth. She volunteers her time at Oakland International High School, Refugees Transitions and Students Rising Above.In Oaxaca, Mexico, she volunteered her time teaching English to Zapotec women and their families who were part of a microfinance program.

Lisa is currently enrolled in graduate coursework in education at U.C. Berkeley Extension. Her focus is Teaching English as a Second Language with certification anticipated summer, 2012. In addition, Ms. Steel has completed graduate coursework towards her Masters in Social Welfare with a concentration in Management and Planning at U.C. Berkeley.  Her anticipated completion date of the MSW degree is May 2014. Lisa earned an undergraduate degree in Business with an emphasis in Marketing from Cal State East Bay and has 15 years of professional experience in operations and management. As a longtime BAHIA volunteer, Lisa continues her advocacy work for students as a BAHIA board member since 2011 and supports bilingual education and affordable daycare for working families.

Beatriz Leyva-Cutler.Beatriz Leyva-Cutler, Executive Director of BAHIA Inc.

Beatriz has been a dedicated employee of BAHIA for 31 years, 22 years as the executive director. She was overwhelmingly elected in 2009 as School board member and served as president in 2011 and running for re-election in November 2012.  In addition to these responsibilities, Ms. Leyva-Cutler is co-chair to the Chicana/Latina Foundation Board of Directors and a board member to the National Latino Children’s Institute. She is also on the advisory board of Somos Familia, a  Latino family support organization for families with children/youth who are LGTBQ.

She has been recognized for her service and commitment as a community leader. She has been honored as Woman of the Year by Assemblywoman Loni Hancock; with the KPFA Radio Peace and Justice Award; as a leader in education by the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce as well as featured on “Profiles of Excellence” by ABC/Channel 7.

A graduate of San Francisco State, Beatriz received her M.A. from Pacific Oaks College. She is an alumna of EMERGE California, which prepares Democratic women for political office and attended the LeaderSpring Institute, which provides a two-year fellowship for non-profit executive directors.

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