MEET THE BOARD

We'd like to introduce you to our 2019 Board of Directors.  They're our superstars!

Shelly Cruz

Vice-President

Shelly
Cruz

Vice-President

Lauren Tarin

Secretary

Lauren
Tarin

Secretary

Jacqueline Ramirez

Fundraising Director

Jacqueline
Ramirez

Fundraising Director

EMILY​ SMITH

Gala Chair

EMILY
SMITH

Gala Chair

Paula Arciniega

Membership - External

Paula
Arciniega

Membership - External

Erwin Cuellar

Membership - Internal

Erwin
Cuellar

Membership - Internal

Angela Navarro

Public Relations Director

Angela
Navarro

Public Relations Director

Brian

Botinelli

Social Director

Brian
Botinelli

Social Director

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Will

Jaramillo

Community Service Director

Will
Jaramillo

Community Service Director

ABOUT OUR FOUNDER

ABOUT US

YHPAA's mission:

DAR. GOZAR. AVANZAR.

 

The Young Hispanic Professional Association of Austin (YHPAA) aims to provide leadership and professional development opportunities for young Latino professionals to empower and connect with the Greater Austin community since 2006. We strive to be the premier Latino organization positively shaping the landscape of our communities. YHPAA supports and encourages higher education through scholarships and mentorship programs while providing resources to members for professional, community, and personal development.

MEET THE BOARD

We'd like to introduce you to our 2022 Board of Directors.  They're our superstars!

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Karlie
Ramirez

President

Karlie
Ramirez

President

Anival Valadez

Vice President

Anival
Valadez

Vice President

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Kimberly
Rocha-Torres

Treasurer

Kimberly
Rocha-Torres

Treasurer

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Kryzten
Valerio

Secretary/ Membership - Internal

Kryzten
Valerio

Secretary

LaRessa
Quintana

Fundraising Director

Laressa
Quintana

Fundraising Director

Ana lozano

Social & Gala Chair

ana lozano

Gala Director

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Marisol
Vazquez

Membership - External

Marisol
Vazquez

Membership - External

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Mayra
Rios

Public Relations Director

Mayra
Rios

Public Relations Director

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Vanessa
Meza

Community Service Director

Vanessa
Meza

Community Service Director

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Angela
Navarro

Immediate Past President

Angela
Navarro

Immediate Past President

Past Presidents:
2020-2021  Angela Navarro
2019-2020  Shelly Cruz

2018-2019   Pamela Guerra-Garcia 
2017-2018   Enrique Legarreta

2016-2017   Chris Cordova 
2015-2016   Melissa ayala 
2014-2015   felicia pena 
2013-2014   ramiro diaz
2012-2013   roger de leon
2010-2012   matthew danner 
2009-2010  javier valdez

2006-2009  linda medina-LOPEZ

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"Always keep learning and growing. The only way to go is up!" -- Linda Medina-Lopez

After having moved from El Paso to Austin in 2002, Linda found herself in a new city with the potential for new opportunities. Austin quickly rose to the top being named the #1 city for Hispanics and Best City for Young Professionals. It was a challenging time trying to connect with other like minded individuals.  She wanted to grow professionally and give back to the community. After 6 months of brewing and brainstorming she founded the Young Hispanic Professional Association of Austin (YHPAA) in 2006.  YHPAA was born to serve as the principal resource for young Hispanic professionals where they can build a foundation for their professional, community and personal development.

Committed to education and equity, Linda currently serves as the Executive Director for the Pflugerville ISD Education Foundation. The foundation's mission is to make sure every Pflugerville ISD student has the tools and resources they need to reach their full potential. The foundation works with the community to provide opportunities that recognizes student achievement and provides grants for innovative and creative teaching methods that lead to improved student success. She has over 20 years of experience in fund development, program management and public affairs.

Linda's passion, drive, and leadership have created successful organizations and initiatives for education and in the community. In the middle of a pandemic, Linda served as the 2021 Somos Austin Chair where she led a 40-person host committee toward raising $380,000. Because of these amazing efforts $365,000 will be granted to Central Texas Non-Profits that support the economic security of Hispanic Central Texans. She serves on the Austin Community Foundation's Hispanic Impact Fund Steering Committee and is a co-founder of Latinos in Round Rock. In 2007, she
co-founded the El Paso in Austin Network, www.elpasoinaustin.com, a network that connects and recognizes fellow El Pasoans in Austin to the city that raised them and gave them roots. The network provides scholarships for deserving El Paso seniors coming to Austin to study. She has served on the numerous boards including Leadership Austin, City of Austin Commission for Women, SXSWedu Advisory Council, UTEP Alumni Association - Austin Chapter, Chair of the Concordia University Alumni Association and Chair of I Live Here, I Give Here's See Jane Give event.

She received her Master's in Education with Honors from Concordia University Austin and Bachelor's in Education from the University of Texas at El Paso. She's a proud graduate of Leadership Austin 2009, Hispanic Austin Leadership 2008 and Emerge 2007. Linda enjoys being a mentor to college students and young professionals and motivates them to reach their goals.