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FLA Board Leadership 2016

Maricela Morales, Board Chair

*Central Coast Alliance United for a Sustainable Economy

Maricela began with CAUSE as a volunteer with the Ventura County Living Wage Coalition. She came on as staff in 2001, the same year CAUSE began and obtained the organization’s 501c3 status. Since 2001, Morales has worked on a variety of issues ranging from living wage, health coverage for the uninsured, women’s economic justice, green economy and local hire projects. Currently, Maricela is Deputy Executive Director of CAUSE.


Grateful to her Mexican immigrant parents, Maricela was raised in Ventura County, attended Fillmore public schools and went on to earn a BA in Human Biology at Stanford University and an MA in Counseling (Depth) Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute. Responding to the need for public officials that prioritize social, economic and environmental justice, Maricela worked with the community to be the first Latina elected to the Port Hueneme City Council in 2002. By 2007 she became the city’s first Latina Mayor. Her commitment to work collaboratively on issues of local, regional and state concern has been recognized by the California Association of Leadership Programs, National Women’s Political Caucus of Ventura County, Pacific Coast Business Times 40 Under 40, Soroptomist Club of Oxnard, and the Ventura County Leadership Academy.


Carlos O. Lopez, Board Secretary

*Realtor and Small Business Owner

Carlos Lopez is a proud Future Leaders of America alum; He attended FLA summer camp while a student at Adolfo Camarillo High School. Carlos earned a Bachelor degree in Business and another in Political Science from California Lutheran University in 2008. He is a local Realtor and works with his family’s construction company. He credits much of his success to his involvement with programs like Future Leaders of America and Upward Bound. As someone who benefited from such wonderful support programs, Carlos is committed to ensuring that today’s youth have the same opportunities to succeed.

Vianey Lopez, Board Treasuer

*Congresswoman Lois Capps' Office

Vianey Lopez began her involvement with FLA in 2003 when she attended her first camp as a delegate. Her involvement continued both at the high school level serving as club secretary and the regional level serving as club president during the 2004-2005 school year. Upon graduating from Hueneme High School in 2005, Vianey went on to earn a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a double emphasis in International Business and Travel and Tourism from Loyola Marymount University in 2009. After graduating from LMU, Vianey returned to Ventura County and in April 2012 she earned a Masters in Public Policy from Pepperdine University. Her latest accomplishment was reached in November 2012 when she was elected to the Hueneme Elementary School District Board. Vianey currently works for the Oxnard Downtown Management District and has served on the board of FLA since 2010.

Ismael Ulloa, Board Member

*Santa Barbara Cal SOAP

Ismael Ulloa is a Santa Barbara native born to immigrant parents from Jalisco, Mexico. The 2nd of 3 children, he is a proud alum of UCSB. Growing up as a low-income and first-generation youth has fueled a passion for working with local youth of similar backgrounds. Ismael has been involved in mentoring and teaching for most of his life. His career path includes job training and placement for youth with barriers to employment throughout the county of Santa Barbara as an employee for the Department of Social Services. Currently, he is the Project Director of the Santa Barbara California Student Opportunity & Access Program (Cal-SOAP), helping 1st-generation and low-income students realize their dream of a post-secondary education.

Gloria Soto, Board Member

*Planned Parenthood

Gloria Soto is the Regional Development Manager for Planned Parenthood California Central Coast. She has 6 years of experience with Planned Parenthood and has held various positions within their Education, Community Engagement, and Development departments. She graduated from Chapman University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Studies with an emphasis on teaching. Gloria is bilingual, bi-cultural and is deeply connected to her community. She is a Santa Maria native who is passionate about education, health care and being of service to others.


Alejandra Enciso, Board Member


Join the Board Team

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Standing Committees

The Programs Committee is a standing committee of the FLA Board of Directors and works on strengthening the FLA youth empowerment and leadership curriculum delivered to hundred of students each year.

The FunCoM Committee is a standing committee of the FLA Board of Directors and works strategically to enhance the FLA brand through its fundraising, communications, and marketing capacity and infrastructure.

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