Look out for details regarding the launch of the 2019 Latinas Equal Pay Day Commemoration Project.
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Dr. Shreni Zinzuwadia is physician residing in New Jersey. She received a bachelor's of the arts in philosophy and a Bachelor of Science in biology. She attended medical school at Rutgers-New Jersey Medical School, Newark, New Jersey and residency training at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in Emergency Medicine.

She is a board-certified emergency physician in emergency medicine and has 13+ years’ experience in urban, suburban, and rural areas. She is also a Clinical Assistant Professor of EM, Co-Director of Simulation and physician at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, Rutgers-University Hospital, Newark and Overlook Medical Center, Summit in New Jersey.
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Celina Avalos is a native of Mecca, California and is currently a Senior at UCLA majoring in Political Science. Celina currently serves as a Public Policy Fellow at UCLA’s Latino Policy & Politics Initiative. In her capacity as a Public Policy Fellow, Celina assists on empirical research and policy analysis conducted by UCLA Latino faculty supports LPPI through legislative and policy research and disseminates scholarly research into infographics, user-friendly content and reports to reach a variety of stakeholders. 

Celina’s passion for serving underrepresented communities like her own has allowed her to become an advocate, student, but above all, a doer. Throughout her life, Celina has seen the lack of voter education and an increase in voter apathy across both of her communities in the Eastern Coachella Valley and at UCLA. Witnessing first-hand these disparities, Celina joined local campaigns, organized, and registered people to vote. At UCLA, Celina currently serves as a Director for the BruinsVOTE! Coalition aiming to not only register Bruins to vote, but also ensuring that they turn out to vote in the 2018 Midterm Elections. 

Aside from her work at UCLA, Celina also serves as an Intern for UN Women-USNC L.A. where she advocates for women’s rights across the LA area working on campaigns to promote gender equality, an end to violence against women, and advocating for a safer community for all women. As an immigrant, a first-gen, low-income Latina, Celina has worked tirelessly to make sure the voices of marginalized communities are heard. 

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Sandra López was born and raised in the Dominican Republic. She graduated from Universidad Católica Madre & Maestra with a bachelor’s degree in Marketing. She has been a resident of Columbus since 1996 and has worked in the International Sales for several local companies, including the Mettler Toledo and Elmer’s Products.

From 2007 to 2015, she was a Program Administrator for the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles. She created the “What’s on your plate?” campaign to highlight the creativity of Ohioans’ personalized license plates. This campaign received the American Association of Motor Vehicles Administrators (AAMVA) Public Affairs and Consumer Education (PACE) Award in 2013. In 2009 she was appointed by the Director of Public Safety to represent the Department at the Ohio Council on Women & Girls, where she co-chaired the Economic Development Committee.   

In June of 2016, she joined the Division of Community Engagement of Columbus City Council as a Legislative Advisor. Created by the Council President Zach Klein, the mission of this team is to serve as the connector between the residents of Columbus and their council members to learn what’s working and what needs improvement.

Ms. López is an active community leader, who advocates for many organizations in Central Ohio, especially those focused on Immigrants and Women/Girls issues. She currently serves on the board of the Women’s Fund of Central Ohio, The Hispanic Chamber of Columbus, Better Plate Community Columbus, and Festival Latino Steering Committee and has served on the boards of Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio, Planned Parenthood of Central Ohio, Seven Circles of Hope (A mentoring program for incarcerated women).  

She is a founding member of “Latinas en Ohio: Facing Challenges, Taking Action” a group dedicated to foster conversations amongst Latinas of different backgrounds to share experiences, understand common needs and develop a network of support.  She has been a mentor for the Latina Mentoring Academy since 2010.

In 2014, Sandra was recognized as the “Alma de la Comunidad” Award (Spirit of the Community Award) by the Latino Empowerment Outreach Network (LEON) and Ohio Commission on Hispanic and Latino Affairs. 
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Rocio S. Becerril practices in the area of Immigration Law.  In 2002 she received her Bachelor of Arts in Communications and a Bachelor of Arts in French from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC).  In 2004 she received her Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Illinois at Springfield (UIS).  In 2009 she received her Juris Doctor (JD) from Northern Illinois University College of Law (NIU).  Ms. Becerril founded the Law Office of RSB in 2012.   She currently has an office in Chicago, Illinois and an office in the western suburbs in Warrenville, Illinois.

Ms. Becerril is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, the Chicago Bar Association, the Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois and the DuPage County Bar Association.  Ms. Becerril is an active presenter on immigration issues under the new administration.  She conducts workshops on various immigration topics in both Spanish and English.  She has also spoken at elementary schools, high schools, colleges, community centers, police departments, churches and civic centers throughout the suburbs and Chicago.

Ms. Becerril participated in Telemundo Chicago’s Immigration Phone Bank shortly after Barack Obama’s announcement on his new immigration executive decision of November 20, 2014.  She has also been interviewed live by Telemundo Chicago, Univision and ABC Chicago regarding immigration issues. 

Ms. Becerril is currently the vice-chair of the immigration section at the DuPage County Bar Association.  Most recently she was recognized in the LAW section of the Negocios Now 2018 Who's Who in Hispanic Chicago special edition.   
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Annel Aguayo is a fundraising professional of 10 years who is passionate about serving her Bay Area community and making it an equitable place for all. After graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from San José State University, Annel began her career at a social research firm working on a project supporting the Corporation for National and Community Service. She then worked in local government at City of Redwood City and City of Belmont.

Annel made the decision to leave government work to pursue her passion to help people in need and serve her community when she began her career in nonprofit work with Rebuilding Together Peninsula. After spending the first part of her nonprofit career in preserving affordable housing, she changed her focus to education.

Annel recently joined iMentor Bay Area as the organization’s Director of Development. At iMentor, Annel works alongside a team dedicated to building mentoring relationships that empower first-generation students from underserved communities to graduate high school, succeed in college, and achieve their highest ambitions. As the first member of her family to attend and graduate college, Annel is excited to serve at an organization committed to closing the college completion gap for first-generation college students and students of color.

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Brenda Garcia is an Albany Park Community Center's Citizenship Coordinator and a first-generation college graduate. She graduated from Northeastern Illinois University with a degree in anthropology.  After graduating from college, she knew that she wanted to work with underrepresented communities to make it easier for them to access resources.

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