Camila Andrea Mena, Program and Data Fellow

Twitter: @LatinoCommFdn


Camila is a data-driven advocate for economic empowerment.

As a Program and Data Fellow, Camila will work on the optimization of the Salesforce database to streamline and strengthen internal processes at the Latino Community Foundation. She will also support the launch of the first ever Latino Nonprofit and Data Map in California elevating Latino Demographics and nonprofits in the state.

Camila’s curiosity and desire to improve conditions for marginalized communities in the Bay Area led her to work as a researcher and policy advocate at the Bay Area Council Economic Institute. In this role, she developed reports and policy recommendations to address the housing, transportation, and economic issues of the region. Highlighting the importance of workers for the sustainability of a thriving and equitable Bay Area economy, Camila developed the Gender Equity in the Workplace best practices guide to help employers in the region implement policies to create healthy workplace environments. Later, Camila worked as a Program Coordinator at the Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center, helping business owners in the Bayview community of San Francisco start and grow their businesses.

Camila migrated to the United States from Colombia when she was 12 years old and upon overcoming the multiple obstacles she and her family encountered during their migration, she decided to dedicate her academic and professional careers to uplifting those who have been historically neglected in our society. Currently, Camila is working on obtaining a master of arts degree in Urban and Public Affairs from the University of San Francisco. She is also working in the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission’s Enterprise Workforce Planning team developing evidence-based frameworks to optimize personnel acquisition and development to meet the organization’s workforce goals as outlined in its 2016-2020 Strategic Plan.

Over the last three years, Camila has developed a passion for running and hiking. When she is not being active outdoors, she likes to spend time with her family — a major source of her motivation and drive to advocate for people in California.