Wieckowski to honor Latinos at 5th Annual Latino Heritage Leadership Awards Ceremony

Senator will recognize four awardees for their distinguished service to the community

October 12, 2017

Hayward – Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) will recognized four outstanding community leaders for their contributions to the 10th Senate District at his 5th Annual Latino Heritage Leadership Awards Ceremony, this Friday at 2:30 p.m. at the Pancho Villa Event Center, 1026 B Street in Hayward.

“From law enforcement, education, health care and housing, each of these honorees has played crucial roles in helping Latinos, and our general public access quality services and they our terrific leaders in their fields,” Wieckowski said.  “I am proud to give them the recognition they deserve after providing years of service to people in Alameda and Santa Clara counties.”

The four honorees are:

  • Gloria Lopez-Vaughan – Captain with the Union City Police Department with managerial oversight of the Investigations Section and SWAT.
  • Dr. Tomás Magaña – Founding Director, FACES for the Future Coalition, co-founder FACES Program at Children’s Hospital Oakland.
  • Nancy Soto – President, Board of Directors Tiburcio Vasquez Health Center
  • Sandra Murillo – Chief Operating Officer, Housing Trust Silicon Valley.


WHO:             State Senator Bob Wieckowski

WHAT:          5th Annual Latino Heritage Leadership Awards Ceremony

WHERE:       Pancho Villa Event Center, 1026 B Street, Hayward, CA

WHEN:          2:30 p.m., Friday, October 13, 2017


Lopez-Vaughan has 23 years in law enforcement serving with the Union City Police Department.  In addition to her work as a captain, she has also served as a detective with the Southern Alameda County Gang Task Force, a patrol officer, a patrol lieutenant and a community oriented policing sergeant.

Dr. Magaña’s work at FACES for the Future Coalition prepares disadvantaged youth for entry into college and careers in the health professions. His work has been featured on NBC Nightly News and in People Magazine. He is a board-certified pediatrician with expertise in the care of at-risk children and adolescents.

Soto has worked in the field of early childhood development for 25 years and is now serving in workforce development as the work-based learning coordinator with the Alameda County Workforce Development Board.  She previously held several positions teaching and training at Chabot College.

Murillo has worked on affordable housing and homeless issues for 25 years, including 20 years with the City of San Jose’s Housing Department.  She is also a vice-chair with the Silicon Valley Council of Nonprofits and the board treasurer of the San Jose Conservation Corps and Charter School. 

Senator Wieckowski’s district includes southern Alameda County and northeast Santa Clara County.