Wieckowski to hold 6th Annual Latino Heritage Leadership Awards Ceremony in Castro Valley

October 5, 2018

CASTRO VALLEY – State Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) will recognize four Latino leaders and organizations in the fields of health care, youth outdoor education, labor and Latina immigrant community empowerment at his 6th Annual Latino Heritage Leadership Awards Ceremony this Thursday in the Castro Valley Library Community Room.

“Each of these individuals and organizations are doing outstanding work to enrich the lives of people in the 10th Senate District,” Wieckowski said.  “Their areas of expertise include some of the most important issues that the Latino community is currently facing – heath, working conditions, the environment and social and economic justice.  I am looking forward to honoring all of these outstanding leaders for their long commitment to our region.”


WHO:             Senator Bob Wieckowski

WHAT:          6th Annual Latino Heritage Leadership Awards Ceremony

WHERE:       Castro Valley Library, 3600 Norbridge Ave., Castro Valley, CA

WHEN:          Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018, Doors Open: 3 p.m. Program: 3:30 p.m.


The honorees are:

Cecilia Echeverria – Echeverria is the senior director for public policy at Kaiser Permanente’s Institute for Health Policy with a background in underserved populations, school-based health and early childhood issues.  She has served as a First 5 Alameda County commissioner and a California School-Based Health Alliance board member.

Latino Outdoors – Founded in 2013, Latino Outdoors is a network committed to creating a national community of leaders in conservation and outdoor education, connecting Latino youth and families with nature through camping trips and organized hikes. 

Riko Mendez – Mendez is the chief elected officer of Service Employees International Union Local 521 and represents 40,000 public, nonprofit and private-sector workers in the central Bay Area region and Central Valley.

Mujeres Unidas y Activas (MUA) – MUA is a grass-roots organization of Latina immigrant women with a mission of promoting personal transformation and building community power for social and economic justice.

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