Raquel F. Donoso

October 20, 2008 12:19:29 PM PDT
Raquel F. Donoso is an accomplished public policy and community leader with over ten years of experience working with non-profit, corporate, foundation and government entities. Ms. Donoso is the Executive Director of the Latino Community Foundation (LCF). The mission of the LCF is to advocate for Latinos by promoting engagement and philanthropic giving that fosters healthy and empowered communities. LCF invests in the Latino community with a focus on children and youth in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Prior to joining LCF, Ms. Donoso was the Associate Director of Latino Issues Forum (LIF). LIF is a statewide public policy and advocacy institute. At LIF, Ms. Donoso authored four reports on the environment, health disparities, reproductive health, and education issues facing the Latino community in California. She has directed campaigns to improve access to health care for families, improve the environmental health conditions for communities throughout the state, address education equity, and increase civic participation in the Latino community.

In addition to her policy work with LIF, she was also responsible for and worked with various electoral initiative campaigns in California including parental notification, employer-based health insurance, and the collection of data by race/ethnicity.

Ms. Donoso currently serves on the Board of Directors for the East Bay Regional Parks Foundation, Richmond Youth Services for Empowerment (RYSE). She is a founding member and chairs the board of California Latinas for Reproductive Justice (CLRJ), a statewide reproductive health rights coalition. She was also appointed to serve as a member of the California Office of Women's Health Advisory Committee. She is a policy advisor for several organizations, including the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO), The Women's Foundation of California, the California Pan Ethnic Health Network (CPEHN), and the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health.

Ms. Donoso resides in Richmond with her husband and son. As an East Bay resident she has been very active and served on multiple education oversight committees as well as held office within her local Parent Teacher Association (PTA). In addition, during her tenure in Oakland she was appointed to the Central City East Project Area Committee where she advised the Redevelopment Agency on city projects and plans to improve the community.

Ms. Donoso holds a B.A. in Anthropology and Chicano/ Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles and a Master's degree from the UCLA School of Public Health. She also completed an executive training program at the UCLA Anderson School of Business where she received a certificate in Management Development for Entrepreneurs.

Website: www.latinocf.org


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