Polanco Fellows Alumni Association

The Richard G. Polanco Fellows Alumni Scholarship Program
: Since 2004, the CLCI has presented the Richard G. Polanco Public Policy Fellowship Program, a year-long, world-class leadership building experience for high quality candidates.  In the fall of 2013, the Polanco Fellows Program transitioned into the new CLCI Polanco Fellows Alumni Program.

The Core Mission of the CLCI Polanco Fellow Alumni Program is to create a statewide network of CA Latino leadership and support Latinos in Post Graduate education.

The Vision of the CLCI Polanco Fellow Alumni Program is to establish regional hubs that support a statewide network of partnerships incorporating

Chrysler/CLCI Elected Official Training Academy Alumni, CA Latino Legislative Caucus Members and local nonprofits and community organizations.


The regional representatives selected by their Polanco Fellow Alumni peers to serve as the CLCI area leaders are:

Representative                 Hazel Miranda (PF 2004)
Alternate                             Adrian Lopez (PF 2005)

Representative                 Maria Hernandez (PF 2004)
Alternate                             Esmeralda Soria (PF 2007)

Representative                 Jamie Zamora (PF 2006)
Alternate                             Johnny Pineda (PF 2012)

The three programs elements of the program are:  

A. Professional Development Speaker Series offering audiences the opportunity to experience and learn from Latino and non-Latino individuals who have changed California and developed paths to career success. For 2014 the Polanco Fellow Alumni areas of speaker series focus are:  

The 2014 Program dates and locations are:

Thursday, May 8-9, 2014                Spring Wine Tour Napa, CA Scholarship dinner

Friday, June 20, 2014                      PF Alumni Professional Development #2 Communication Skills
                                                             TBD Riverside, California

Friday, September 19, 2014           PF Alumni Professional Development #3 Marketing
                                                              TBD Sacramento, California

October 2014 (TBD)                         PF Alumni Professional Development #1 Leadership
                                                             TBD Southern California

Friday, November 14, 2014            PF Alumni Professional Development #4 Strategic Alliance
                                                             TBD Southern California

B. Regional Alumni Partnerships with public, private and non-profit organizations with the goal of addressing and  improving basic, fundamental problems and concerns in low-income and underserved culturally diverse communities; and 

C. Polanco Fellow Alumni Post Graduate Scholarship Program addressing the need for greater Latino Post Graduate funding opportunities.  The Pew Hispanic Trends Project reported that Latino students have the lowest college completion rates of any other racial/ethnic group—even after surmounting the obstacles on the path to college, such as low financial resources and inadequate career guidance.  The PF Alumni Scholarship Program will financially help those who do go forward to attain a post graduate degree. The 2014 goal will be to raise four (4) $5,000 Scholarships for a total of $20,000.

Lisa Baca-Sigala

Executive Director


P.O. Box 26899 | Los Angeles, CA 90026
Phone: (323) 660-7234
Fax: (323) 664-7222