Latinx Leaders Network

The Latinx Leaders Network is open to site and systems leaders in districts served by the Alameda Regional Academy. The Regional Academy serves Alameda, Contra Costa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara and Solano counties.

The Latinx Leaders Network is a space where education leaders who identify as Latinx come together to build community. We aim to build trusting relationships among Latinx school leaders in the Bay Area as a way to support, retain and mentor each other. To accomplish the goals of this affinity group members co-create a confidential, non-supervisory space where the use of reflective storytelling, the processing of complex challenges we experience in the field; and the sharing and mentoring of each other serves to uplift, empower and amplify our community as Latinx leaders.

Monthly meetings occur virtually, with introductory and closing sessions in person. 

Community Members will:

  • Create a network of Latinx leaders across the Bay Area who will support, uplift, empower, and amplify each other through the sharing of experiences, practices, and expertise
  • Reimainge education through Targeted Universalism
  • Focus on equity leadership, and continuous learning
  • Engage in meaningful conversations, to build community, and promote the sharing of ideas, advice and wisdom
  • Expand the use of educational data for justice
  • Explore strategies that support improving professional practice and career advancement for Latinx leaders


Richard Zapien - Professional Learning Coordinator, 21CSLA Alameda Regional Academy. Richard brings over 25 years of TK-12 experience. He is a graduate of the Principal Leadership Institute at UC Berkeley School of Education, and serves as a Professional Learning Coordinator for the 21CSLA Alameda Regional Academy. His experience and expertise in teaching, instructional coaching, site leadership, and central office administration position him well to support school leaders in implementing equitable systems change. Richard provides guidance and resources to help leaders create inclusive and supportive learning environments that address the diverse needs of students from different racial backgrounds and social contexts.

Moraima Machado - Leadership Programs Coach; Principal, San Lorenzo Unified School District. Moraima is an experienced educator who has worked in various roles in the field of education for over 25 years. She serves as an elementary school principal in the San Lorenzo Unified School District, and Leadership Coach for UC Berkeley’s School of Education. Moraima recently earned her EdD degree from East Carolina University, where she conducted research on critical pedagogy of storytelling in fifth-grade classrooms. Her dedication to education and her extensive experience in the field make her a valuable asset to the San Lorenzo Unified School District.

Jorge Melgoza - Assistant Director, Equity and Disproportionality at Mt. Diablo Unified School District. Jorge leads a team responsible for supporting sites to implement MTSS and Transformative SEL. He collaborates with district and site leaders to develop, apply and calibrate an equity lens in their roles as instructional leaders. Jorge has been an instructional leader for thirty years during which time he has served in the capacity of administrator, teacher and mentor. His passion for equity stemmed from growing up in an economically impoverished but culturally rich learning environment that fueled his passion for social justice at every stop in his educational journey.

Luis E. Argueta - Program Manager for the 8th Grade On Track Collaboration at California Education Partners. Luis' work focuses on increasing outcomes for Latinx, African American, and students with socio-economic disadvantages. He works with districts to ensure that our most underserved students in the pre-K-12 system “get on and stay on track” to meet A-G graduation requirements. He is a graduate of UC Berkeley’s Principal Leadership Institute Cohort 13. He carries a social justice perspective to advance access to education for those that have been historically marginalized.


This localized professional learning series will be delivered in a HYBRID model. In-person sessions are denoted with an asterisk (*).

  • Saturday, September 16, 2023; 9:00 - 11:00 AM *
  • Tuesday, October 24, 2023
  • Tuesday, November 28, 2023
  • Tuesday, January 23, 2024
  • Tuesday, February 20, 2024
  • Tuesday, March 26, 2024
  • Tuesday, April 23, 2024
  • Saturday, May 11, 2024; 9:00 - 11:00 AM*

* IN-PERSON sessions

Times for VIRTUAL sessions TBD

Who Should Participate

Site leaders, systems leaders, counselors, school psychologists, TOSAs.

21CSLA programs are offered at no cost to participants employed in Title II districts and schools in six Bay Area counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, and Solano. 

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