Board of DirectorsKatynka Martinez, Board President
Katynka Martinez is Associate Professor of Latina/Latino Studies at San Francisco State University where she teaches media studies and communication courses on topics such as film, television and journalism. She received her Ph.D. in communications from the University of California at San Diego and has published original research on topics such as Latina/Latino media representations, and the diverse ways in which youth use new media/technology. The students in her Latina/Latino Journalism class research the history of the U.S. Latino press and they also contribute articles, photography and artwork to El Tecolote newspaper.
Scott Weaver, Board Treasurer
Scott Weaver is a recently retired partner in the firm Wartelle, Weaver & Schreiber (West Bay Law), whose focus is primarily on tenant rights. He has also been active in many anti-gentrification efforts in San Francisco. He joined Acción Latina’s Board of Directors in 2004 and has remained there ever since. He is also on the Advisory Board for the Fund for the Environment and Urban Life.
Ana Montes, Board Secretary
Ana M. Montes is currently the Organizing Director at The Utility Reform Network. She worked for 12 years as the director of technology and consumer education at the Latino Issues Forum. She has created innovative models for bringing technology to low income and minority communities, developed community civic engagement in limited English-speaking communities and managed statewide consumer education projects geared towards Latino and Asian communities. A published poet, Montes has also worked as a teacher of La Raza Studies at San Francisco State University, and as an editor and columnist with El Tecolote.
Juan Gonzales, Board Member
Juan Gonzales is the founding editor of El Tecolote. He is department chair of journalism at City College of San Francisco where he teaches courses in news writing, feature writing and newspaper production. Gonzales also serves as adviser to the awarding-winning campus newspaper, The Guardsman, and the campus magazine, Etc. He is a member of the Journalism Association of Community Colleges, the San Francisco Newspaper Association, the Community Press Consortium, and New America Media. Gonzales received his master’s degree in mass communications from Stanford University.
Emilio Victorio Sanchez, Board Member
Emilio Victorio Sanchez has been part of the San Francisco landscape for the past 40 years. He arrived from Mexico City in 1976 after falling in love with San Francisco, but soon found himself going back to his Mexican-Latino roots. He’s been learning about the “Chicano” culture, Latin America and all that is Mexican. He has offered his help with various community organizations over the years as a bicultural and bilingual person with the intent to do everything he can for Latinos in America–from artists and writers to farm workers. In his own words: “My pride of my Mexican heritage has no boundaries and extends to all cultures of the world, making sure they learn about all the beauty in all things of Latin-America, from Mexico to the Patagonia.”
David J. de la Torre, Board Member
David J. de la Torre, museum director, curator and educator, received his professional training at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco (FAMSF), holds an M.A. in Museum Studies from John F. Kennedy University (JKFU), and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of San Francisco (USF). Currently, he is Curator of Exhibitions, Jewish Community Center of San Francisco and serves on the Board of Directors of the Friends of the Art Museum of the Americas (OAS) and the US National Committee for the International Council of Museums (ICOM-US).
StaffJosué Rojas – Executive Director, Acción Latina
Josué Rojas became executive director at Acción Latina in early 2017. As an artist, educator and Mission native, Rojas brings to the organization more than 20 years of experience in fine arts, community arts, arts leadership, and bilingual and ethnic media in the San Francisco Bay Area. Throughout his many endeavors, his work and vision have been characterized by a commitment to San Francisco’s cherished values of community arts and media, civic engagement, social justice and empowerment for migrant communities and marginalized communities at large.
Fátima Ramirez – Cultural Arts Manager, Acción Latina
Fátima Ramirez became Cultural Arts Manager for Acción Latina in February 2019, having previously sat on the Curatorial Advisory Council for the Juan R. Fuentes Gallery. She studied journalism and Latin American Studies at the University of San Francisco where she served as the News Editor for the campus newspaper, The San Francisco Foghorn. Fatima also earned a master’s in Family and Community Education in Museums from Columbia University. Her passion for community storytelling has led her to work in: public programming at the Museum of the City of New York; exhibition development at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan; visitor experience at SFMoMA; and most recently development and event planning at Hispanics in Philanthropy.
Alexis Terrazas – Editor-in-Chief, El Tecolote
Alexis Terrazas took over as El Tecolote’s editor-in-chief in June of 2014. A San Francisco native with extensive experience, both as a reporter and as an editor, he was awarded a Peninsula Press Club Herb Caen scholarship in 2006, before going on to study journalism at San Francisco State University. While at State he earned many journalism awards and did some writing for El Tecolote. He graduated in 2010 and began work for the San Francisco Examiner as a sports writer.
Natasha Dangond joined El Tecolote’s staff as photo editor in August of 2018, having previously volunteered her photojournalism skills for the newspaper in 2016. A multidisciplinary artist of Indian and Colombian descent, Natasha’s work is inspired by her identity as a biracial woman of color and aims at preserving the stories of her ancestors. She believes in using art as a form of advocacy, to speak out on important political issues and bring attention to social injustices. She continues to freelance as a photojournalist, with her images having appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, the San Francisco Examiner, The California Sunday, and other Bay Area publications.
Atticus Morris – Communications / Web Manager, Acción Latina
Atticus Morris began volunteering for El Tecolote in 2011, and became the English copyeditor later that year. He continued to work in that capacity until the summer of 2013 when he took over as web and social media manager. Morris also works as a researcher and copyeditor for the investigative reporting project Blood Hound Magazine, and he freelances as a copywriter/editor. He has studied audio engineering / recording sciences at Full Sail University and journalism at City College of San Francisco.
Linda G. Wilson – Photo Archivist, El Tecolote
Linda G. Wilson has been the Photo Archivist at Acción Latina since 2005. She is a former gallery director for Intersection for the Arts and one of the co-founders of the Eye Photography Gallery Collective. Linda received her MFA in Photography from the San Francisco Art Institute and her master’s in photography and art history from San Francisco State University. She has sat on the board of directors for many local arts organizations, including the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts. She is a past member of the Art Institute’s Artists’ Committee, curating exhibits and helping to select artists to be given awards by the Art Institute.
Katie Beas – Spanish Copy Editor, El Tecolote
Originally hailing from Jalisco, Mexico, Katie Beas has been the Spanish language copy editor for El Tecolote since 2012.
Valeria Olguín – Advertising Manager, El Tecolote
Valeria Olguín was born in the Mission District and raised in South City. A graduate of University of Oregon in 2016, with a BA in Journalism: Advertising and Ethnic Studies. Valeria keeps tabs on all ads to be posted in upcoming issues of El Tecolote. Valeria is also a graphic designer who has done design work for the newspaper. In addition to her work with El Tecolote, she is closely involved in her family’s restaurant, El Faro.
Johnny Garcia – Distribution Manager, El Tecolote
Johnny Garcia distributes 10,000 copies of El Tecolote every two weeks to various neighborhoods in San Francisco including the inner and outer Mission, Bernal Hill, the Tenderloin / Civic Center area, and to select parts of South City, Daly City and the East Bay.
Thank you to everyone who has volunteered over the last year
*Allison Martinez *Coral Figueroa *Imelda Carrasco *Monique Mosqueda *Valeria Olguin *Janeth Membrero *Alondra Correa Almanza *Arturo Gomez *Jessica Ramirez *Claudia Cortez *Dulce Salgado de Palmisano *Valentina Mantilla *Cristina Vergara *Cecilia Quintana *Sage Mace *Mayra Pedroza *Carlos Barón *Pamela Harris *Robert Jalon *Jessika Karlsson *Madeleine Bair *Adriana Camarena *Eduardo da Silva *Vitta Oliveri *Luisa Restrepo *Mabel Jiménez *Chelis Lopez *Michael Middleton *Kelly Rodriguez Murillo *Gabriela Alemán *Alejandro Galicia Díaz *Aaron Levy-Wolins *Arturo Mendez *Jasmine Diarte *Raven Sanchez *Hilda Ayala *Arturo Ayala *Katie Beas *Jose Luis Caicedo *Adriana Morga *Jacqueline López *Karlos Rene Ayala *Natasha Dangond *Constanza Hevia *Kyler Knox *René Alvarez *Desiree Rios *Destiny Arroyo *Beth LaBerge *Adelyna Tirado *Jason Brown *John Carson *Russell Morse *J. Scott Weaver *Jocelyn Carranza *Emma Marie Chiang *Rodrigo Jardón Galeana *Emmely Benitez *Nestor Castillo *Kirk Stevenson *Ekevara Kitpowsong *Estivaly Moreno *Nestor Garcia *Yuri Ugarte *Kathryn Wren *Drago Renteria *Mark Jason Quines *Lara Kaur *Dane Pollock *Izzy Alvarez *George Eduardo Barahona *Julian Espinoza *Amanda Peterson *Natalie Alemán *Amarah Hernandez *Brianna Kalajian *Daniel Valencia *Cynthia Blanco *Alexandria Carabajal *Teresa Carrillo *Ama Cortes *Stephanie Diaz-Cornejo *Ian Firstenberg *Sadie Gribbon *Gabby Grijalva *Cris Jimenez *Miguel Lozano *Estaphany Monge *Pamela Alejandra Padilla *Henry Salazar *Emmanuel Tapia *Italo Tapia *Gustavo Reyes *Maria Garcia-Hernandez *Leslie Hicks *George Khoury *Ella Ramrayka Rogers *Max Paik *Calindra Revier *Fernando A. Torres *Sirron Norris *Chris Carlsson *Tongo Eisen-Martin *LisaRuth Elliott *Sarah Lapidus *Lito Sandoval *Gino Abrajano *DeLara Armijo *Maria Burboa *Emmely Benitez *Lupe Cisneros *Francisca Icaza *Gardenia Zuniga-Haro *Jessica Sabogal *Robin Evans *Judy Goddess *Remigio Madrigal *Gabrielle Bojorquez *Jessica Delatorre *Eva Martinez *Marissa Perry