At Comunidades Indigenas en Liderazgo (CIELO), we are extremely lucky to work with an amazing all women led board. Please take a moment to read the amazing work each women has done in their respective fields.
Sequoia M. Hall was raised in Salinas, Ca and pursued higher education in the Bay Area which has made her servant of diverse communities throughout California. Currently, Sequoia is the Program Manager of Alameda County Health Pathway Partnership (ACHPP) and has served on the Leadership Council for East Oakland Building Healthy Communities (a place-based initiative of The California Endowment). Prior to joining ACHPP, she worked for ConnectEd: The California Center of College and Career and with San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, Contracts Administration Bureau. For over a decade, she has worked and volunteered in the Bay Area to pursue her passion in serving disadvantaged youth and young adults in gaining thriving careers in health and public service. She also works to promote and enhance education for underserved communities in the Bay Area. Sequoia was a scholarship recipient of the Incentive Awards Program (IAP) of the University of California, Berkeley where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Social Welfare and a minor in Education; and completed the Policy Fellowship of Women’s Policy Institute-State, Women’s Foundation California. She has a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Southern California.
Cristina Regalado works at the intersection of social innovations, technology and design. She is the founder of Cristina M. Regalado Workshop, a social innovations design consultancy that helps organizations and leaders match big vision with creative and sustainable solutions. Cristina emigrated from the Philippines in 1984; she applies a critical lens to the social change process based on her lived experience. She brings over 30 years of executive and management expertise in philanthropy, organizational and leadership transformation. Cristina serves as advisor to Cell-Ed, a mobile education tech start-up that provides language and work skills especially to immigrants and refugees. During her stint in philanthropy, Cristina managed over half a billion dollars in grants to help improve the lives of Californians. She serves on several boards of social impact organizations that focus on microfinance, women’s rights, education, immigrant rights and civic engagement. Cristina graduated with an MBA degree from the Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management, Claremont Graduate University.
Shannon Speed is a tribal citizen of the Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma. She is Director of the American Indian Studies Center (AISC) and Professor of Gender Studies and Anthropology at UCLA. Dr. Speed has worked for the last two decades in Mexico and in the United States on issues of indigenous autonomy, sovereignty, gender, neoliberalism, violence, migration, social justice, and activist research. She has published numerous journal articles and book chapters in English and Spanish, and has published six books and edited volumes, including her most recent, Incarcerated Stories: Indigenous Women Migrants in the Settler Capitalist State. Dr. Speed currently serves as the President of the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association (NAISA). She was born and raised in Los Angeles.
Ivonne J. Rosales was raised in Los Angeles. She graduated from UC Berkeley with a major in peace and conflict studies. She is a Marketing Specialist with a demonstrated history of working in marketing across multiple media channels. Throughout her career she’s worked with brands such as Dr.Pepper/Snapple Group, American Honda Motor Co., Wells Fargo and most recently Capital Group American Funds. On her off time, she lends her marketing skills to non-profit and small businesses to consult on best media campaign practices. She is fond of home-renovations, her dog Dante and husband Julio.
Xiomara Corpeño has spent the last 20 years of her life working for justice as both staff in the non-profit sector and as volunteer. In 2004, she returned to Los Angeles to work for CHIRLA, developing its first in-house Mobilize the Immigrant Vote campaign. During her 12-year tenure at CHIRLA, she led, developed, and advanced several immigrant justice campaigns like Driver’s Licenses for All and the campaign for Comprehensive Immigration Reform. Under her leadership, CHIRLA created the first state-wide, immigrant student-led network, the California Dream Network, and also founded the California Domestic Workers Coalition. She played a lead role in creating the Los Angeles Raids Rapid Response Network, a partnership among community organizations, legal service providers, and private attorneys to defend workers targeted by ICE workplace raids.
In early 2016, Xiomara joined the Groundswell Fund, one of the largest reproductive justice funders in the U.S., focused on supporting women of color leadership. As the Director of Capacity Building, she oversaw the development and implementation of three capacity building programs which served 38 organizations nation-wide. In addition to providing technical assistance in grassroots organizing and integrated voter engagement, the program also prioritized general support and field program funding.
In November 2018, as the immigrant caravan arrived in Tijuana, Xiomara formed the Southern California Solidarity Network for the Central American Caravan, helping create a network of 15+ organizations and 20 individual volunteers to provide streamlined direct assistance to migrants in Tijuana.