Sobre LCAC

El Centro Latino de Arte y Cultura surgió del Movimiento de Derechos Civiles Chicanos de la década de 1970 y sirvió como un centro para los artistas chicanos de Sacramento. Fundado en 1972 como Librería La Raza, en el 2014 se convirtió en el Centro Latino de Arte y Cultura. Los programas de LCAC reflejan y sirven a los artistas y comunidades marginadas, ya sea por raza, clase, edad, orientación sexual, identidad de género y/o estatus migratorio, dándole voz a los representantes de la diáspora latina. Es un centro cultural multidisciplinario que ofrece nuevos conocimientos sobre el arte latino emergente contemporáneo y, al mismo tiempo, apoya y mantiene las tradiciones culturales centenarias que hablan y reflejan la identidad e historia latina.

Nuestro trabajo habla directamente de las necesidades y la realidad socioeconómica de las comunidades marginadas, inculcando el orgullo cultural y fortaleciendo la autoimagen de nuestra comunidad al sostener el arte, la cultura y las tradiciones de las poblaciones latinas de la región.

La inclusión está incorporada en todas las partes de la programación de nuestro LCAC. El personal del Centro, la junta y los miembros de la comunidad que forman parte de nuestra familia transmiten que LCAC es inclusivo, respetuoso de las diferencias y apoya activamente a las poblaciones que históricamente se han definido como "otros".

El Centro presta especial atención a los artistas populares y tradicionales porque mantienen vivas nuestras tradiciones culturales y porque son predominantemente inmigrantes recién llegados. Buscamos y alentamos a los artistas visuales y escénicos emergentes a crecer y arriesgarse mientras exploran su potencial artístico. Nuestra junta y personal provienen de nuestra comunidad. Entre nuestros electores se encuentran nuestros vecinos, compadres y familiares.

Nuestros miembros

Alma Elizabeth López, Board Chair

Alma currently serves as Youth Justice and Youth Leadership Development consultant and was previously the Executive Director of Brown Issues, a statewide youth-centered leadership organization that cultivates the next generation of Brown Leaders. In this capacity, Alma supports systems change organizing and leads collaborative work with healthcare and education advocates. She also manages the organization’s year-round Sacramento County high school organizing programming on education, healing, civic engagement, and narrative change. Previously, Alma held positions as community organizer, education and health policy analyst, and continues to work directly with youth and their families around immigration, K-12 education, and higher education; topics dear to Alma’s heart. As a first-generation college student, Alma received her Bachelors of Science in Biology and a minor in Chicano Studies from California State University, Sacramento. She was born and raised in Zamora, Michoacán, México, and spends time with her family or playing soccer in her free time.

Max Vargas, Vice Chair

Max is an innovative leader and strategic advocate committed to equity, justice, and liberation. As the Vice President of Economic Justice, Max leads LCF efforts to catalyze and grow the economic security, mobility, and power of the Latino community.

He brings a range of policy, legal, and community experience to LCF and previously served as Deputy Director of First 5 California, where he oversaw legislative, policy, and media initiatives supporting child care, paid family leave, and other essential needs for California families. Prior to that role, Max was Senior Policy Advisor to Stockton Mayor Michael Tubbs where he supported legislation to address housing access, coordinated COVID-19 response measures, stewarded the expansion of after-school programs, managed climate justice initiatives, coordinated pilots for economic security and opportunity, and contributed to legal briefs in defense of immigrant families, an effective Census count, and health equity.

Max has also worked for the California State Senate, the State Assembly, local workforce development and transportation agencies, and the National Council of La Raza (now UnidosUS). He holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of the Pacific and a J.D. from the McGeorge School of Law. Max is also an alumnus of the Rose Center’s Equitable Economic Development Fellowship and the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative, and serves on the board of Planned Parenthood Advocates Mar Monte and the Stockton Public Schools Foundation.

Max is a former unaccompanied minor and political asylee from Peru whose personal story and career arc are rooted in reimagining the values and systems we uphold and for whom we uphold them. He is a loving father of three and husband to a proud Chicana, and enjoys travel, wine tasting, hip hop, and salsa dancing.

Marina Servantez, Treasurer

Marina currently serves as the Director of Education at the CA Park & Recreation Society. In this capacity, she plans education and organizes resources for CA's parks and recreation agencies. She received her BA in Political Science, with minor concentrations in Sustainability and Ethics, Justice & Policy. Marina has spent her entire professional career working for associations serving local governments, and is a strong proponent of the value of local community services and organizations.

Justin Mata, Secretary

Justin Mata serves as the Director of Operations and New Business Initiatives for the Minnesota Street Project, an arts organization based in San Francisco. He has volunteered for arts non-profits such as Free Arts NYC, 4Culture (Seattle), Seattle Art Museum and Minnesota Street Project Foundation (San Francisco). As an artist his paintings, installations and videos have been exhibited and screened in galleries and film festivals internationally.

​David Bischoff, Historian

Born in Sacramento. Graduate of Jesuit High School and California State University, Sacramento: BA in English/Classical Rhetoric and British 17th Century Literature, minor Latin/Language and Literature; MA in Art/Art History. Worked in English Department (Tutoring Center and Advanced Study Program) and Art Department (Art Gallery and Slide Library). Faculty at Jesuit High School from 1990 to 2016: Program Director and Department Chair of Visual and Performing Arts, teaching Art History, Art of Diverse Cultures, Art of Film, Digital Photography and Broadcast Journalism. Selected exhibitions curated (or co-curated) include “Sin Fronteras/Images of Hope: ¡Reni Templeton Presente!” for Latino Center of Art and Culture (2017); "Co-Madres Artistas" for Sacramento City College and San Jose State University (2014); "Juanishi V. Orosco: Solo Flight/Visions of Aztlan" for La Raza Galeria Posada (2009); "Creative Collectives: Chicana Painters Working in Community" (based on the research of Maria Ochoa) for California State University Sacramento, University of California Davis, and San Jose State University (2004-2005); "Adelante 2000: Sweet Grass, Cedar and Sage: a truly humanistic vision in the wake of propositions 187 and 209" for California State University Sacramento (2000); "Louie ‘The Foot’ Gonzalez: Within Reach" for California State University Sacramento (1997); "Peter VandenBerge" for California State University Sacramento (1996); "Esteban Villa: Pero Sera Así" for California State University Sacramento (1994); "Robert Else: Retrospective 1990" for California State University Sacramento (1990); "Manuel Neri" for California State University Sacramento (1984); "RCAF Mural Show" for California State University Sacramento (1984).

Marie Acosta

The Latino Center's Director Emeritus, Marie Acosta is well known through the community for her passion and love. Without her, The Latino Center would not be where it is today.

David Bañuelos

Experienced Manager with a demonstrated history of working in the community and higher education industry. Skilled leader in Community Relations, Student Development, Training, Education, Relationship Building, Compliance, Evaluation, Program Development, Strategic Planned and Diversity and Inclusion. Energetic business development professional with over 15 years relationship building and public relations experience within the community and with business partners.

Armando Enrique Botello

Armando was born in El Paso Texas but grew up in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua Mexico. At the age of fourteen he moved with his mother to Sacramento where he has lived ever since having graduated from Sacramento High School and from California State University, Sacramento where he obtained a double degree in Communications and Ethnic Studies.
While attending CSUS in the early 70’s, he became involved in “La Voz de Aztlan”, the first English-Spanish bilingual radio program in Northern California aired over the student run station KERS with a format that featured not only music and news but community, historical and cultural segments as well. The program also became a training ground for Latino students and community members who were interested in a career in
communications.
That involvement was the starting point for a very long and successful career in radio, television and print media including work for companies such as Univision and La Opinion; reporting for outlets such as Noticiero Latino, Latino USA and Enfoque Nacional, as well as hosting/producing TV programs Voz y Voto (Univision), and Progreso (KOVR). He also worked for several radio and TV stations, as well as for sports teams such as
the Sacramento Kings, Oakland Raiders and San Francisco 49ers, teams for which he was the Spanish broadcaster for several seasons.
Armando used his media experience to develop media campaigns for the State of California and geared towards the Spanish speaking populations. That experience led to his appointment as Deputy Director of the DMV Public Affairs Office by the Calfornia Governor California Jerry Brown, a position he held until his
retirement in 2019.
His proudest assignment during his appointment was the successful statewide media campaign to raise awareness about the implementation of AB 60, the state law which made California driver licenses available to undocumented immigrants.
Armando is currently part of the Spanish language broadcasting team for the Sacramento Republic FC. Him and his wife Leticia have been married since 1980 and have two adult children Armando and Araceli, and four grandchildren.

Marta Induni, PhD

Marta Induni, PhD is an accomplished public health executive with over 30 years of experience. Specialized in managing administrative and functional aspects of public health programs, her career includes coordination, design, and implementation of comprehensive community-based programs and policies. As a transformational leader, she is highly motivated and encourages a culture of accountability in her work environment.
Her rich career includes various roles at the Public Health Institute from 1993 to 2021, including Consultant, Research Scientist, Senior Survey Researcher & Project Manager, Research Program Director, Senior Director of Operations, and Senior Director of Research. From 2020 to 2021, she designed and launched a $100 million program providing COVID mitigation and scientific support services to health departments in California and the Pacific Northwest. She currently works at Adventist Health as a Regional Director in the Grants Department.
She has a doctorate in Educational Psychology where she studied intervention theories. She also holds a certificate in Healthcare Informatics, a Master of Arts in Women and Gender Studies, and a Bachelor of Arts in Women and Gender Studies. A recent empty-nester, Marta is finding more time to study art history, woodworking, and exploring native plant gardening.

Raquel Mejia

Raquela Mejia is a woman of many talents. She is the creator, Executive Producer, and visionary of Dinorah Desde, which is now airing on PBS!

Raquela is a Sacramento native that found her way to Los Angeles. Her passion for music and art led her to the City of Angels, where she spent time working in music industry. She loved living there but wanted to be back home in Sacramento, so she began bridging her time between the two cities.

She has had the privilege of working in record promotion and artist relations for WEA Latina Records. In addition, she co-owns Maxima Records with Pierre Garreaud and Gustavo Farias.

In 2016, she released the single "Mantra For Good People," which pays homage to the love and unity of people worldwide and brings together many talented singers from around the world in this gospel-pop song. Raquela is also composer/producer for the upcoming release of teen Alana Nikole's new CD titled "Precious Moments."

Jorge Ruiz

Jorge has over a decade of experience in business management and has served as President of his small business, RCS Building Maintenance, for the past eight years.

Jorge is native from Oaxaca, Mexico, and has volunteered at the Latino Center of Art & Culture (LCAC) since 2017. He joined the Board of Directors at the LCAC in 2023, to help expand the transformational impact LCAC has in the community. LCAC truly creates a sense of belonging, especially for community members who are unable to travel to their home country.

Jorge received his Bachelors of Science in Business Administration and a Minor in Spanish from University of California, Merced in 2009.

In his free time, Jorge enjoys the outdoors, hiking, gardening, and doing woodwork.

Calendaria Vargas

PPMM Public Affairs Dir. Candelaria Vargas

Greater Sacramento Area/Stockton-San Joaquin/Alameda County
Candelaria Vargas, as a former foster child, grew up throughout the Central Valley and is a proud daughter & granddaughter of migrant farm workers and food service workers. She is an accomplished political and community organizer committed to working to improve the lives of families, especially reconstructing systems that marginalize communities of color. Alumnae of University of the Pacific, BA in Spanish Literature & Pedagogy, Minor in International Affairs & CSU, Stanislaus, Masters in Public Administration (MPA).

​David Bischoff, Historian

Born in Sacramento. Graduate of Jesuit High School and California State University, Sacramento: BA in English/Classical Rhetoric and British 17th Century Literature, minor Latin/Language and Literature; MA in Art/Art History. Worked in English Department (Tutoring Center and Advanced Study Program) and Art Department (Art Gallery and Slide Library). Faculty at Jesuit High School from 1990 to 2016: Program Director and Department Chair of Visual and Performing Arts, teaching Art History, Art of Diverse Cultures, Art of Film, Digital Photography and Broadcast Journalism. Selected exhibitions curated (or co-curated) include “Sin Fronteras/Images of Hope: ¡Reni Templeton Presente!” for Latino Center of Art and Culture (2017); "Co-Madres Artistas" for Sacramento City College and San Jose State University (2014); "Juanishi V. Orosco: Solo Flight/Visions of Aztlan" for La Raza Galeria Posada (2009); "Creative Collectives: Chicana Painters Working in Community" (based on the research of Maria Ochoa) for California State University Sacramento, University of California Davis, and San Jose State University (2004-2005); "Adelante 2000: Sweet Grass, Cedar and Sage: a truly humanistic vision in the wake of propositions 187 and 209" for California State University Sacramento (2000); "Louie ‘The Foot’ Gonzalez: Within Reach" for California State University Sacramento (1997); "Peter VandenBerge" for California State University Sacramento (1996); "Esteban Villa: Pero Sera Así" for California State University Sacramento (1994); "Robert Else: Retrospective 1990" for California State University Sacramento (1990); "Manuel Neri" for California State University Sacramento (1984); "RCAF Mural Show" for California State University Sacramento (1984).

Marie Acosta

The Latino Center's Director Emeritus, Marie Acosta is well known through the community for her passion and love. Without her, The Latino Center would not be where it is today.

Justin Mata, Secretary

Justin Mata serves as the Director of Operations and New Business Initiatives for the Minnesota Street Project, an arts organization based in San Francisco. He has volunteered for arts non-profits such as Free Arts NYC, 4Culture (Seattle), Seattle Art Museum and Minnesota Street Project Foundation (San Francisco). As an artist his paintings, installations and videos have been exhibited and screened in galleries and film festivals internationally.

Alma Elizabeth López, Board Chair

Alma currently serves as Youth Justice and Youth Leadership Development consultant and was previously the Executive Director of Brown Issues, a statewide youth-centered leadership organization that cultivates the next generation of Brown Leaders. In this capacity, Alma supports systems change organizing and leads collaborative work with healthcare and education advocates. She also manages the organization’s year-round Sacramento County high school organizing programming on education, healing, civic engagement, and narrative change. Previously, Alma held positions as community organizer, education and health policy analyst, and continues to work directly with youth and their families around immigration, K-12 education, and higher education; topics dear to Alma’s heart. As a first-generation college student, Alma received her Bachelors of Science in Biology and a minor in Chicano Studies from California State University, Sacramento. She was born and raised in Zamora, Michoacán, México, and spends time with her family or playing soccer in her free time.

Armando Enrique Botello

Armando was born in El Paso Texas but grew up in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua Mexico. At the age of fourteen he moved with his mother to Sacramento where he has lived ever since having graduated from Sacramento High School and from California State University, Sacramento where he obtained a double degree in Communications and Ethnic Studies.
While attending CSUS in the early 70’s, he became involved in “La Voz de Aztlan”, the first English-Spanish bilingual radio program in Northern California aired over the student run station KERS with a format that featured not only music and news but community, historical and cultural segments as well. The program also became a training ground for Latino students and community members who were interested in a career in
communications.
That involvement was the starting point for a very long and successful career in radio, television and print media including work for companies such as Univision and La Opinion; reporting for outlets such as Noticiero Latino, Latino USA and Enfoque Nacional, as well as hosting/producing TV programs Voz y Voto (Univision), and Progreso (KOVR). He also worked for several radio and TV stations, as well as for sports teams such as
the Sacramento Kings, Oakland Raiders and San Francisco 49ers, teams for which he was the Spanish broadcaster for several seasons.
Armando used his media experience to develop media campaigns for the State of California and geared towards the Spanish speaking populations. That experience led to his appointment as Deputy Director of the DMV Public Affairs Office by the Calfornia Governor California Jerry Brown, a position he held until his
retirement in 2019.
His proudest assignment during his appointment was the successful statewide media campaign to raise awareness about the implementation of AB 60, the state law which made California driver licenses available to undocumented immigrants.
Armando is currently part of the Spanish language broadcasting team for the Sacramento Republic FC. Him and his wife Leticia have been married since 1980 and have two adult children Armando and Araceli, and four grandchildren.

Calendaria Vargas

PPMM Public Affairs Dir. Candelaria Vargas

Greater Sacramento Area/Stockton-San Joaquin/Alameda County
Candelaria Vargas, as a former foster child, grew up throughout the Central Valley and is a proud daughter & granddaughter of migrant farm workers and food service workers. She is an accomplished political and community organizer committed to working to improve the lives of families, especially reconstructing systems that marginalize communities of color. Alumnae of University of the Pacific, BA in Spanish Literature & Pedagogy, Minor in International Affairs & CSU, Stanislaus, Masters in Public Administration (MPA).

David Bañuelos

Experienced Manager with a demonstrated history of working in the community and higher education industry. Skilled leader in Community Relations, Student Development, Training, Education, Relationship Building, Compliance, Evaluation, Program Development, Strategic Planned and Diversity and Inclusion. Energetic business development professional with over 15 years relationship building and public relations experience within the community and with business partners.

Raquel Mejia

Raquela Mejia is a woman of many talents. She is the creator, Executive Producer, and visionary of Dinorah Desde, which is now airing on PBS!

Raquela is a Sacramento native that found her way to Los Angeles. Her passion for music and art led her to the City of Angels, where she spent time working in music industry. She loved living there but wanted to be back home in Sacramento, so she began bridging her time between the two cities.

She has had the privilege of working in record promotion and artist relations for WEA Latina Records. In addition, she co-owns Maxima Records with Pierre Garreaud and Gustavo Farias.

In 2016, she released the single "Mantra For Good People," which pays homage to the love and unity of people worldwide and brings together many talented singers from around the world in this gospel-pop song. Raquela is also composer/producer for the upcoming release of teen Alana Nikole's new CD titled "Precious Moments."

Jorge Ruiz

Jorge has over a decade of experience in business management and has served as President of his small business, RCS Building Maintenance, for the past eight years.

Jorge is native from Oaxaca, Mexico, and has volunteered at the Latino Center of Art & Culture (LCAC) since 2017. He joined the Board of Directors at the LCAC in 2023, to help expand the transformational impact LCAC has in the community. LCAC truly creates a sense of belonging, especially for community members who are unable to travel to their home country.

Jorge received his Bachelors of Science in Business Administration and a Minor in Spanish from University of California, Merced in 2009.

In his free time, Jorge enjoys the outdoors, hiking, gardening, and doing woodwork.

Marina Servantez, Treasurer

Marina currently serves as the Director of Education at the CA Park & Recreation Society. In this capacity, she plans education and organizes resources for CA's parks and recreation agencies. She received her BA in Political Science, with minor concentrations in Sustainability and Ethics, Justice & Policy. Marina has spent her entire professional career working for associations serving local governments, and is a strong proponent of the value of local community services and organizations.

Marta Induni, PhD

Marta Induni, PhD is an accomplished public health executive with over 30 years of experience. Specialized in managing administrative and functional aspects of public health programs, her career includes coordination, design, and implementation of comprehensive community-based programs and policies. As a transformational leader, she is highly motivated and encourages a culture of accountability in her work environment.
Her rich career includes various roles at the Public Health Institute from 1993 to 2021, including Consultant, Research Scientist, Senior Survey Researcher & Project Manager, Research Program Director, Senior Director of Operations, and Senior Director of Research. From 2020 to 2021, she designed and launched a $100 million program providing COVID mitigation and scientific support services to health departments in California and the Pacific Northwest. She currently works at Adventist Health as a Regional Director in the Grants Department.
She has a doctorate in Educational Psychology where she studied intervention theories. She also holds a certificate in Healthcare Informatics, a Master of Arts in Women and Gender Studies, and a Bachelor of Arts in Women and Gender Studies. A recent empty-nester, Marta is finding more time to study art history, woodworking, and exploring native plant gardening.

Max Vargas, Vice Chair

Max is an innovative leader and strategic advocate committed to equity, justice, and liberation. As the Vice President of Economic Justice, Max leads LCF efforts to catalyze and grow the economic security, mobility, and power of the Latino community.

He brings a range of policy, legal, and community experience to LCF and previously served as Deputy Director of First 5 California, where he oversaw legislative, policy, and media initiatives supporting child care, paid family leave, and other essential needs for California families. Prior to that role, Max was Senior Policy Advisor to Stockton Mayor Michael Tubbs where he supported legislation to address housing access, coordinated COVID-19 response measures, stewarded the expansion of after-school programs, managed climate justice initiatives, coordinated pilots for economic security and opportunity, and contributed to legal briefs in defense of immigrant families, an effective Census count, and health equity.

Max has also worked for the California State Senate, the State Assembly, local workforce development and transportation agencies, and the National Council of La Raza (now UnidosUS). He holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of the Pacific and a J.D. from the McGeorge School of Law. Max is also an alumnus of the Rose Center’s Equitable Economic Development Fellowship and the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative, and serves on the board of Planned Parenthood Advocates Mar Monte and the Stockton Public Schools Foundation.

Max is a former unaccompanied minor and political asylee from Peru whose personal story and career arc are rooted in reimagining the values and systems we uphold and for whom we uphold them. He is a loving father of three and husband to a proud Chicana, and enjoys travel, wine tasting, hip hop, and salsa dancing.

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