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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 2024 Board of Directors.  They're our superstars!

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Licelda
Briones

President

Licelda
Briones

President

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Lawrence
Trevino

Vice-President

Lawrence
Trevino

Vice-President

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enrique
castro

Treasurer

Enrique
castro

Treasurer

Richy
Echegaray

Secretary

Richy
Echegaray

Secretary

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lORENZO
RODRIGUEZ

Marketing Chair

lORENZO
rODRIGUEZ

Marketing Chair

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vero
sandoval

Community Service Chair

VERO
SANDOVAL

Community Service Chair

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Alejandra
Garcia

Social Events Chair

Alejandra
Garcia

Social Events

ABOUT OUR FOUNDER
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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.

2022-2023 Vanessa Mesa

2021-2022 Karlie Ramirez

2020-2021 Angela Navarro

2019-2020 Shelly Cruz

2018-2019 Pamela Guerra-
Garcia

2017-2018 Enrique Legarreta

2016-2017 Chris Cardova

2015-2016 Melissa Ayala

2014-2015 Felicia Pena

2013-2014 Ramiro Diaz

2012-2013 Roger De Leon

2011-2012 Matthew Damer

2010-2012 Javier Valdez

2006-2009-Linda Medina-Lopez

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Vanessa Mesa

Immediate Past President

VANESSA
MESA

Immediate Past President

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