Special Guests


Jacqie Rivera

Singer, Entrepreneur, Television Personality

Jacquelin Melina Rivera, better known as Jacqie from NBC Universo’s hit TV Reality shows, The Riveras and I Love Jenni, is a 30-year-old Mexican American mother of three beautiful, energetic children and an up-rising musical artist.

Daughter to the late legendary Regional Mexican artist Jenni Rivera, Jacqie has been able to share her life changing experiences with the public like creating music covers to her composing original songs, motherhood, weight loss and becoming a fitness enthusiast. Currently, she has more than 1 million followers on social media from all over the world.

With flourishing numbers of followers rising daily, Jacqie has been able to expand her outreach on social media to continue to share and impact others with her motto, “If I can do it, you can do it too.”

Join Jacqie as she keeps evolving as a young Latina mother, follower of Christ and music artist through her various social media platforms and Television.

Ramona Ortega

Founder, My Money My Future

Ramona Ortega, Esq., a financial expert and native Californian, has spent over two decades focused on solving economic inequality. She is now the founder of My Money My Future, the first and only tech enabled personal finance platform to help a new diverse generation build wealth for their families and communities. In this talk, Ramona will teach Latinas how to thrive not just survive by providing information we need to save, budget, invest and make smarter financial decisions.

Maria de la Luz Garcia

Director, Census 2020 Initiative, Office of Mayor Eric Garcetti

Maria de la Luz Garcia currently serves as the Director of the Census 2020 Initiative for the Office of Mayor Eric Garcetti. In that capacity, she is responsible for ensuring that all Angelenos are counted in 2020. Working collaboratively with the County of Los Angeles and a diverse coalition of community stakeholders, she and her team are helping to build a regionwide Census 2020 outreach and education effort.

Prior to serving in this position, Maria served as the City Clerk for the City of Long Beach where she was responsible for administering municipal elections, maintaining municipal records, informing the public of upcoming City Council and Commission meetings, and officiating marriages.

She has also led efforts in the City of Los Angeles to incorporate community voices in the electoral process in her capacity as Senior Project Coordinator for the City Clerk’s Election Division. While there, Maria launched the City’s first voter outreach and education campaign known as, “L.A. City Votes!”, in partnership with community organizations. Prior to working for the Los Angeles City Clerk’s Office, Maria oversaw the NALEO Educational Fund’s Voces del Pueblo voter engagement program where she focused on mobilizing low propensity Latino voters.

Maria is a graduate of Vassar College, where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and Anthropology. She received her Masters of Public Administration and Certificate in Public Policy from USC’s Price School of Public Policy.

Dr. Lizette Zarate

Program Director, USC Leslie and William McMorrow Neighborhood Academic Initiative (NAI)

Since 2010, Dr. Lizette Zarate has worked with the USC Leslie and William McMorrow Neighborhood Academic Initiative (NAI), where she began as the program’s curriculum and instruction specialist and currently serves as program director. This work allows her to make an impact on her own community and help guide students from underserved areas along the college pathway, two of her largest professional passions.

Dr. Zarate is a graduate of the NAI, a college access and success program at the University of Southern California. Her passion for college access was borne from her own experiences as a student of color growing up in South Los Angeles and her experiences as a student in these programs. Dr. Zarate holds degrees in English and Education, as well as a doctorate in Leadership for Social Justice.