Jose Zapata Calderon is the President of the Latino and Latina Roundtable of the San Gabriel and Pomona Valley and Emeritus Professor in Sociology and Chicano/a Latino/a Studies at Pitzer College.
As the son of immigrant farm workers from Mexico, he has had a long history of connecting his organizing and academic work with community-based teaching, participatory action research, critical pedagogy, and engagement.
Julissa Espinoza helps drive one of the University of La Verne’s core values of civic and community engagement by developing mutually beneficial relationships between the university and local community partners to collectively address the region’s most pertinent issues.
Her passion to be an agent of change in the community is evident in her roles as an established leader in the nonprofit sector. Julissa is a bridge, making connections and strengthening communities for a more just and peaceful world.
Fabián Pavón was born and raised in the city of Pomona. He received an AAT in History from Mt. San Antonio College and received his bachelor's degree in Chicana/o/x Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
He is currently a Student Services Support Staff at Mt.SAC’s El Centro: Chicanx/Latinx Student Support Program. He is also a board member of the Latina/o Roundtable of the San Gabriel and Pomona Valley and serves as the Chairperson for the Parks and Recreation Commission for the city of Pomona.
"I’ve been a community activist for 45 years. I started my activism in the Chicana/o movement and for the working class and poor in Colorado and continued my activism when I moved with my husband and children to southern California."
Rose has been the treasurer of Latino/a Roundtable for almost 12 years. Since becoming a board member, she has headed up the Cesar Chavez Breakfast where it has grown from an annual fundraising event of 75 to 600 attendees and the development of a social justice scholarship.
After raising her children, Maria decided to go back to school, and is now a student at Mt San Antonio College.
"I would like to see that all k-12 students learn their rights to be involved in a democracy. It is my pleasure to be working with the Latino/a Roundtable of the SGV/PV in improving communities."
Alicia is an Executive Board Member of the Latino(a) Roundtable and part of the SG/IE Labor Council for Latin American Advancement, Financially Fit Foundation.
She considers her hometown to be Manzanillo, Colima and is currently residing in San Dimas
Favorite quote: “Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world’’ Nelson Mandela
A personal vision she has for LRT is to continue to grow the organization as a reputable and viable entity, positively impacting people’s lives and building community pride and spirit.
Lidia grew up in a variety of neighborhoods throughout the City of Los Angeles and moved to Pomona 10 years ago. For the past 15 years, she has worked in municipal government in various roles from external relations focused on community outreach and organizing to management roles that focus on innovation, budget and workforce development. She is a product of public education from LAUSD, to the Community College District and Cal State Northridge. She is Community Life Commissioner for the City of Pomona and Co-Chair of the HEAL (Healthy Eating Active Living) Working Group in the Healthy in Pomona Initiative of Pomona's Promise. She is the mother of two teenage sons.