10,000 Degrees – Investing in Our Young Leaders Today

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Date(s) - Wednesday, July 20, 2016
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Flamingo Conference Resort and Spa

10,000 Degrees - Investing in Our Young Leaders Today

Having participated as a 10,000 Degrees mentor himself, President Jose Guillen is launching his presidency in a powerful way by bringing to our Club this outstanding program and speaker.

Lisa Carreno joined the Community Foundation Sonoma County and 10,000 Degrees in 2012 to create greater college access resources for Sonoma County students.  10,000 Degrees believes that every child deserves the opportunity to go to college and reaches over 4,200 Sonoma and Marin students annually by providing early awareness, intensive college prep, college exploration and financial aid counseling, support and mentoring to students from low-income backgrounds and often the first to attend college in their families.

Lisas was born in Tampa, Florida to a Cuban, Spanish, Italian and Ciboney Indian family that had little formal education. No doubt her two grandmothers were shining mentors who encouraged her education. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Latin American history in 1984 from The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC, and, after a year working in the college’s admissions office, entered The Columbus School of Law at Catholic U.  Lisa graduated with her Juris Doctor in 1988.

After admission to the Maryland Bar, and a brief period in private practice, Lisa was appointed by Governor William Donald Schaeffer to direct the Maryland Commission for Women.  From 1993 to 2005, Lisa directed the YWCA Sonoma County, leading the organization through many innovative joint ventures with the faith community, law enforcement, other nonprofit agencies, and many government partners, to fulfill the YWCA’s mission of empowering women and children and eliminating racism.  After her 2006 admission to the California Bar, Lisa joined the litigation and estate departments at Spaulding McCullough & Tansil LLP.

In September 2013, Lisa became the first Latina to chair the Sonoma County Fair in its 78-year history.  In February 2014, Lisa was the first member of the community appointed to serve on the Editorial Board for the Press Democrat.   Lisa currently chairs the Board of Directors for Forget Me Not Farm Children’s Services and serves on the Community Benefit Committee for St. Joseph Health, Sonoma County Health Action Partnership Council, Congressman Mike Thompson’s Immigration Advisory Group, Los Cien Sonoma County Board of Directors, Sonoma County Coalition for Foster Youth, and Sonoma County LGBTQI Giving Circle Steering Committee.

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