Bay Area Latina/s celebrated for Latino Heritage Month (ABC7 TV)

Bay Area Latina/s celebrated for Latino Heritage Month (ABC7 TV)

Hispanic Heritage Month is here and ABC7 TV celebrates by highlighting Hispanic history, people, and culture from the Bay Area!

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ABC7 is proud to partner with the Latino Community Foundation (LCF) to celebrate the Bay Area’s rich cultural diversity. To learn more about how LCF is supporting nonprofits in the Bay Area and all over California, click here.


Amelia Garcia & Casa de Chocolates
A small store called Casa de Chocolates (@casadechocolates) opened in Berkeley back in 2012. Founded by chocolatier Amelia Garcia, the award-winning shop blends contemporary styles of chocolate with Latin American culture and sensibilities. Amelia’s goal is to introduce customers to the fascinating and complex history of chocolate – originating from people of Mesoamerica who started their love with cacao as far back as 1200 B.C! Check out their gorgeous and delicious chocolate Aztec calendar, pictured here. Committed to sustainability practices, the shop buys their premium chocolate from only Bay Area-based sources, local organics for in-store desserts, as well as single sources from countries throughout Latin America. You can get a taste for yourself at Casa de Chocolates store on Ashby Avenue in Berkeley or you can shop online. Photo courtesy of Casa de Chocolates.


Latinos In Finance
Based in San Francisco, Latinos in Finance (@latinosinfinance) is the leading organization of Latino professionals within the finance industry. Our network is composed of over 1,000 members employed by the top financial firms in the industry, spanning various sectors including asset management, real estate, alternative investments and more.
We foster career growth opportunities, business relationships, and entry into finance by hosting events where we share our knowledge and networks. Through mentorship, educational events, connections to top finance firms, and student workshops, we work to increase the numbers and impact of Latinos in the finance. Since LIF’s founding in 2008, our network has experienced tremendous growth and expanded to include experienced professionals, undergraduate finance students and C-suite executives at the world’s leading financial institutions. All students and professionals are encouraged to sign up for our newsletter at Photos courtesy of Dari Photography.


Kids’ Vision
Kids’ Vision (@kidsvisionstem) was born when Ana, María Célérier’s daughter, shared with her mother that she didn’t like math because it was boring. Ana found it boring because she was under the impression that math is all about operations and procedures. María understood how impactful and difficult it could be for a child to grow up thinking about math that way. It was then that María started to read research done on Math Education, particularly Stanford Professors Jo Boaler’s and Carol Dweck’s (@theofficalcaroldweck) research. Motivated by what the research showed, María tried to find a nonprofit that would show Ana the interesting side of math, while helping her develop an inquisitive mind. María couldn’t find it, so she decided to create one herself! Kids’ Vision was found in 2013 to empower girls to improve their academic performance, to develop their interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) and to provide them role models. You can see what Kids’ Vision does in a mini video (copy & paste the link): Photo courtesy of Kids’ Vision.


La Tortilla Factory

Our story is simple, and one we’re proud to share. Our founders, Jose and Mary Tamayo, set out to bring authentic Mexican flavors to California in 1977. They put down roots in Sonoma County and discovered a forward thinking, culinary community of farmers and foodies that supported and fostered their mission; bringing better food to your table.

Driven by the family’s personal health goals and also the requests of our loyal customers, La Tortilla Factory quickly earned and embraced the title of innovators in the tortilla field-a highly coveted position. We developed the first low carb tortilla, a flexible, gluten free tortilla, and an organic tortilla (way before organic was cool) because we feel very strongly that no one should have to go without tacos. No one.
To keep our pledge to better and our innovation game strong, we have assembled a team that continues to find ways to clean up our ingredients statements and make our products even tastier. We’ve always chosen to be part of the solution rather than the problem so we’ve begun to nix the bad stuff like dough conditioners, and mono and dyglicier-whats??, that may make tortillas easier to produce, but are not exactly items you find in your pantry. Real food. Call us crazy. In fact, we recently refreshed our Hand Made Style line to go non-GMO. These are the things we are proud of.
Simply stated, our tortillas are better. Better ingredients, better for you, better tasting, and better for eating on the go. Because we all deserve better! Photo courtesy of Stuart Lirette.


Catalino Tapia/Bay Area Gardeners Foundation

Back in 2006, gardening business owner, immigrant success story & father of 2, Catalino Tapia experienced the pride of watching his son graduate from @UCBerkeley Law School. In that moment he recognized that more young Latinos deserved assistance in pursuing a higher education. He started the Bay Area Gardeners Foundation (BAGF) by working with other local gardeners to ask their customers to donate to their efforts. They awarded their very first scholarships to five low-income students that year. To date, they have awarded over 200 scholarships and in 2017 alone they handed out $60,000 in scholarships! Many of the students they assisted have now become professionals and have chosen to give back to their communities, with one former scholarship recipient now serving on BAGF’s Board of Directors. Photo courtesy of Jose Aguirre.


Club Puertorriqueno
Club Puertorriqueño de San Francisco is the oldest Latino organization in the United States! Founded way back on February 25, 1912, the Puerto Rican nonprofit and social club is celebrating its 105th Anniversary this year. The group celebrates various cultural traditions and festivities throughout the year for members, their families, and the community. Their Dia de Reyes – or Three Kings’ Day – celebration each January is popular with children and families. And Dia del Cuatro – or The Fourth Day – is a highly-anticipated annual event featuring amazing performances by Puerto Rican artists. The club also gives out numerous scholarships every year to deserving students. Congratulations on your 10th Anniversary! Photo courtesy of Club Puertorriqueno.


Dr. Maria Echaveste
Did you know that today is the 230th Anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution, which happened back on Sept. 17, 1787? In honor of Constitution Day, we thought you’d like to meet Dr. Maria Echaveste, former White House Deputy Chief of Staff and Special Assistant to President Bill Clinton from 1998 – 2002. Maria is now the Policy and Program Development Director at the Chief Justice Earl Warren Institute on Law and Social Policy, a senior fellow at the @UCBerkeleyOfficial Center for Latin American Studies and has built a distinguished career working as a public policy consultant, lecturer, long-time community leader, and corporate attorney. Currently, she also serves on the board of directors of the California Healthcare Foundation, the @LevelPlayingField Institute, and @MiFamiliaVota. Dr. Maria Echaveste is a true inspiration for all of us – in politics, the classroom, the courtroom, and the community! Photo courtesy of Maria Echaveste.


Madera Limpia
Can you hear the music?? Madera Limpia is an amazing group of musicians from Cuba that creates a unique sound by merging Afro-Cuban and traditional music of its native region – changui, nengon, quiriba, and son – with other music genres like rumba, jazz, reggae, and hip-hop. They were the featured performers at the 2016 San Francisco Bay Area Cuban Festival (@sfbacubanfestival), which takes over venues in the Mission District for three days every October. The annual Festival also includes a variety of performances by professional Cuban artists, highlighting the lesser-known aspects of the Latin, Caribbean, Haitian and African influences that are prevalent in the Eastern part of Cuba, as well as community workshops taught by the artists. We can thank CultuCuba, the nonprofit that has spent the past 10 years working in the San Francisco Bay Area to promote cross-cultural exchanges and educate the community about the rich traditions of Cuban culture. They do so through cultural and educational trips to Cuba, dance and percussion classes, special workshops with professional Cuban artists and teachers, and other community events. Don’t miss out on this year’s festival and start planning for their annual 2-week trip to Cuba in December, which will focus on the music and dance of Cuba. Find more details at Photo courtesy of Yasel Gonzales Rivera.


Isabel Hawkins is a passionate dancer AND an astronomer! She got excited about astronomy growing up in Cordoba, Argentina. She used to sleep outside on hot nights and became fascinated staring at the stars. That curiosity led her to a Ph.D. in astrophysics at UCLA and work on software development for NASA satellites. Now she is dedicated to making science learning fun at the Exploratorium. She is especially excited to teach about the science heritage of Latinos. She has traveled to the Yucatan to observe Maya engineering and astronomy and has been working with the K’iche’ in Guatemala who still follow ancestral calendars. Hawkins is heading up an effort at the Exploratorium to provide more resources in Spanish. Most recently she provided Spanish narration for the museum’s live webcast on this year’s solar eclipse.

Who would you like to see highlighted from the Bay Area?