The Latino Community Foundation’s Community Conversaciones Speaker Series brings community leaders together to address pressing issues impacting Latino families and to highlight solutions for change. Our audiences include a wide range of grassroots nonprofits, corporations, local government agencies, and national and statewide policy groups. LCF has established a reputation of hosting dynamic, informative and engaging events that inspire thoughtful community dialogue and action.



On March 3, 2020, over 7.7 million Latinos will be eligible to vote for the California Presidential Primary. Our participation in this next election is crucial and will set the tone for our state and the country!

Join the Latino Community Foundation and Accenture’s Bay Area Hispanic American Employee Resource Group (ERG) for a live viewing of the second Democratic Presidential Debate with a post-debate discussion featuring community leaders from the Bay Area.

What are the issues facing the Latino community in this election?

Are the candidates making the active effort to talk to Latinos?

How can we prepare our community to vote in this election?


5:00-7:00pm – Democratic Debate Watch Party

7:00-7:45pm – Post-Debate Discussion on The Latino Stake in the 2020 Presidential Election

7:45-8:00pm – Final Thoughts and Call to Action

DATE:  July 31st, 2019  | 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

LOCATION: Accenture, 415 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94105


When?  March 6th, 2018  | 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Where? The Museum of Contemporary Art, 250 South Grand Avenue, Ahmanson Auditorium, Los Angeles, CA 90012

What? Join us for a historic evening featuring the key leaders that fought against Prop. 187.

Who? Jacqueline Martinez Garcel, CEO, Latino Community Foundation
Antonia Hernandez, President & CEO, California Community Foundation
Angelica Salas, Executive Director, CHIRLA
Annetta Wells, Board Member, Community Coalition
Michele Siqueiros, President, Campaign for College Opportunity
Kevin de León, Senate President Emeritus, California State Senate



When? November 27, 2018  |  6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Where? Salesforce, 350 Mission St, Ohana Floor – 30th Floor, San Francisco

What? California had the largest voter turnout in over a decade. Latinos and young people were at the center of this historic midterm. Early voting figures indicate a 174 percent increase in Latino voter turnout across the nation compared to 2014. What’s next?

On November 27th, the Latino Community Foundation and community leaders working to mobilize Latinos during the 2018 Midterm Elections joined forces. From youth activists to tech entrepreneurs, this in-depth discussion among key stakeholders recapped the results of the election, delved into the impact on California’s Latino community, and mapped out a strategy to build on the momentum for the 2020 Presidential Election.



When? September 11, 2018  |  5:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Where? Google Community Space, 188 The Embarcadero, San Francisco, California

What? Latinos are essential in the fight on Climate change.

This was the resounding message on the eve of the Global Climate Action Summit. The Latino Community Foundation (LCF), the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), and Voces Verdes joined forces to host a special event to kick-off the Global Climate Summit and welcomed over 150 Latino leaders from across the nation and world. From philanthropists and grassroots leaders to elected officials and youth – these Latino leaders spoke with one voice: Climate change is a priority for Latinos and they are leading the way in community and policy solutions to combat climate change! 

The event opened with star power featuring actor/activist Lana Parrilla and Argentinean Rockstar Charly Alberti who centered the conversation on why the future of our planet hinges on Latino leadership.

State Senate President Emeritus Kevin De León highlighted the policies that have been developed, led, and executed by Latino leaders. Senator De Leon alongside Assemblyman Eduardo GarciaAssemblywoman Eloise Reyes, and Huron, CA Mayor Rey Leon shared their ambitious vision and current efforts ensure to combat climate and change and build community resiliency.

Latinos at the local level drive solutions that work for everyone and demonstrate how the state and the nation can make real progress. Community Leaders Mark Magaña of Green Latinos, Susana de Anda from Community Water Center, Ruth Santiago of Environmental Dialogue, Inc., and Luis Olmedo of Comite Civico Del Valle closed the evening with a clear call to action on what we can all do to protect the water, air, and land we live in. A young poet Jesus Moreno Garcia from 67 Sueños shared spoken word and moved the audience with his powerful words of why young people like him are driven to protect our land. 

5 Point Plan for California: At the event, the Latino Community Foundation released a Five-Point Plan to address climate change for the long-run.

•  Watch Univision Segment

•  Blog: California Latinos are Leading Climate Change Transformation in the U.S.

 Press Release: Latinos are Essential in Fight on Climate Change

•  Watch Facebook Live Entire Event


April 3rd, 2018 | Los Angeles City Hall

“The Census is the cornerstone of our democracy. It is about Power and Money. A tool to ensure fair and equitable representation in power and funding.” Jacqueline Martinez Garcel, CEO of Latino Community Foundation.

In the face of unprecedented challenges facing the 2020 Census count, including the addition of a citizenship question, the Latino community will not back down to claim their existence in this country. Over 15 million Latinos live in California – we should and must be counted to assume our right to representation and public resources.

It is in that context that the Latino Community Foundation (LCF) and the NALEO Educational Fund united California Latino leaders last Tuesday at Los Angeles City Hall. Our goal? To provide a roadmap for a fair and accurate count of California’s Latino community in the 2020 Census. Census data is critical for decisions that affect you and every single person in this country. Schools, philanthropy, the business sector, and all level of governments have a vital role to play.

That is why LCF and the NALEO Educational Fund joined forces to release A Roadmap for Census 2020: Securing a Fair and Accurate Count of Latinos in California. Click here to download report.

Speakers included:

• Christian Arana, Policy Director, Latino Community Foundation – Moderator

• Stacie M. de Armas, VP Strategic Initiatives and Consumer Engagement, Nielsen

• Maria Brenes, Executive Director, Inner City Struggle

• Maria de la Luz Garcia, Director of 2020 Census Initiative, Office of Mayor Eric Garcetti

• Rosalind Gold, Senior Director of Policy, Research and Advocacy, NALEO Educational Fund

• Congressman Jimmy Gomez, Member of Congress, U.S. House Of Representatives

• Jacqueline Martinez Garcel, CEO, Latino Community Foundation

• Arturo Vargas, Executive Director, NALEO Educational Fund and NALEO

View Event Recording | Read our Blog Post | Download Report

Reclaming the Latino Narrative: A Conversation with Jacqueline Martinez Garcel and Beatriz Acevedo
February 22, 2018 | 6:00-8:00 PM | LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes, Los Angeles

Nearly half of U.S. Latinos are Millennials – and these Millennials are 66% more likely to connect using mobile technology! Latinos are among the largest users of social media platforms: 73% use Facebook to connect with family and friends and 75% go to YouTube before anywhere else when searching for information on a product or service. The digital media company leading the way in engaging Latinos is mitú! Last Thursday, our CEO Jacqueline Martinez Garcel sat with Beatriz Acevedo, President and Founding Partner of mitú – one of the most powerful and largest Latino digital media company. The topic of the night: leveraging digital media to fan the flames of youth-led civic movements and reclaim the narrative of Latinos at this critical moment. Click Here to Learn More.

“We need to do our part to activate and inspire. We do no justice to our community when we stay quiet.” – Beatriz Acevedo

View Event Recording   |   View Photos

Solutions for Success in Higher Education
August 30, 2017 | 12:00-1:30 PM | Bitwise Industries, Fresno

Hosted by the Latino Community Foundation, LCF’s Latino Giving Circle Network, and the Public Policy Institute of California, this Community Conversacion focused on dynamic and community-led solutions in the Central Valley, a region with the largest Latino population, that empower Latino youth to academically achieve and reach beyond what is possible. More Latinos graduating from college means greater economic mobility for Latino youth and an increase in economic progress for families and communities. Panelists included: Dr. Joseph Castro – President of Fresno State University; Emmanuel Escamillia – South Modesto Partnerships; Irma Olguin – Bitwise Industries; and Raul Moreno – Education & Leadership Foundation.  View Live Event Recording Here.

Latinas in Leadership
April 13, 2017 | Google SF

The Latino Community Foundation honors and promotes the success of inspiring Latino leaders and philanthropists. On April 13th, LCF will host a reception to celebrate the accomplishments of a dynamic Latina — Geisha J. Williams, CEO and President of PG&E Corporation. Williams is PG&E’s first female CEO and president of the company and the first Latina to serve as CEO and president of a Fortune 500 company. Jacqueline Martinez Garcel, LCF CEO, will interview Geisha on her life, career, and hopes for the Latino community. View Event Live Recording Here.

Latinos in Tech: Getting Beyond the 3%
March 28, 2017 | Kapor Center for Social Impact

California—the San Francisco Bay Area in particular—is a global hub for high-tech innovation and by 2020 there will be one million high-paying software jobs unfilled across the county. Unfortunately, only 54% of Latino families in California have internet access at home and only 3% of high-tech industry employees are Latino. How can we change this reality? This Conversacion, co-hosted by LCF and The Kapor Center for Social Impact focused on Latino-led organizations who are advancing solutions to build the STEM pipeline for Latino students, ensuring they have access to 21st Century job opportunities. Panelists included: Alberto Melgoza – Google; Jacob Martinez – Digital NEST; Diana Albarran – LISTAS and Ashleigh Richelle – Kapor Center. View Event Photos Here.

Latinos and the 2016 Election: Where do we go from here?
December 8, 2016 | Galeria de la Raza

The community pushed hard on getting out the Latino vote. Did efforts yield the numbers anticipated? What did we learn from the past 12 months? How do we work together to continue building the momentum for 2018 and beyond? And, how do we simultaneously protect and defend the rights of people and communities that could be targeted following the divisive election cycle and the implications of the appointments made thus far by the President-Elect? On December 8, 2016 we hosted an important discussion on how to stay informed and to get organized. Panelists included: Jeannette Zanipatin, MALDEF; Paul Chavez, Centro Legal de la Raza; Gary Segura PhD, Latino Decisions; and Mindy Romero PhD, UC Davis. Read blog post here.

The Rise of the New Latino
October 24, 2016 | Google SF

The Latino Community Foundation unveiled and discussed the Nielsen 2016 Report “From the Ballot Box to the Grocery Store.” Guests learned about the latest trends on Latino political influence, purchasing power and media behavior. Summary of key takeways: Rising Consumer Clout: Latino buying power reached $1.3 trillion in 2015 – US Latino buying power grew by 167% ;  A Young and Growing Voter Base: Since the Presidential election of 2008, an estimated 6 million more U.S. Latino citizens will have turned 18 and will have become eligible to vote; Ambicultural Latinos: Latinos who consider themselves both entirely American and entirely Latino are culturally invested in both identities, bilingual, and share a strong entrepreneurial spirit. Panelists included: Eliana Murillo, Google; Jacqueline Martinez Garcel, LCF; and Stacy de Armas, Nielsen. Download Report here.

Thank you Southwest Airlines for being the Latino Community Foundation’s official airline.

“Sparking insightful dialogue, connecting like-minded leaders, and getting to the cutting edge of thought and action –these are the hallmarks of Community Conversaciones. High caliber leaders gather to share information, learn from each other, and find solutions.  In doing so, they keep on breaking through barriers to continue to advance the notion that Latinos in the U.S. are a national asset. My calendar is always open when it comes to Community Conversaciones.”
Mara Perez, Ph.D.,
San Francisco Latina Giving Circle,
Founder of Latino Futures