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Cecilia Estolano Named to University of California Board of Regents.

Cecilia V. Estolano (MA, UP ’91) has been appointed to the University of California Board of Regents. Estolano, who teaches as an adjunct faculty member at UCLA Luskin, is one of four new regents appointed by Gov. Jerry Brown.

“I am eager to partner with these accomplished new board members,” UC President Janet Napolitano says. “Serving on the UC Board of Regents offers a powerful opportunity to shape California higher education for years to come and ensure that future students receive the same excellent UC education as did previous generations of Californians.”

Estolano, an expert in sustainable economic development and urban revitalization, is chief executive officer at Estolano LeSar Advisors. She co-founded the firm in 2011 with UCLA alumni Jennifer LeSar (UP ’92) and Katherine Perez-Estolano (MA, UP ’97).

Estolano’s list of accomplishments includes serving as chief executive office at the City of Los Angeles Community Redevelopment Agency and as a senior policy advisor at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. In addition to her UCLA Luskin master’s degree, Estolano earned a juris doctorate from UC Berkeley and previously served as counsel at Gibson Dunn and Crutcher LLP and as special assistant city attorney in the Los Angeles city attorney’s office.

Democrat Xochitl Torres Small Wins U.S. House Seat in New Mexico.

Democrat Xochitl Torres Small has won a U.S. House seat representing southern New Mexico’s 2nd District in a closely watched race. The 33-year-old water rights attorney defeated Republican state lawmaker Yvette Herrell.

As a child, Torres Smalls heard stories about her grandmother, who immigrated to the U.S. from Mexico, working in the fields to build her American dream. She watched her mom and father consistently go the extra mile to help those who are too often pushed aside.

Torres Smalls graduated Cum Laude from Georgetown University. Armed with a college degree, she returned home to Las Cruces as a Field Representative for Senator Udall, where she worked to increase cell phone service, broadband, and other communication lines in rural New Mexico.

As a judicial law clerk for a federal judge, the Honorable Robert C. Brack, she worked on one of the heaviest criminal dockets in the country.

As an attorney at Kemp Smith LLP, she worked with local governments, farmers, developers, and conservationists to best use this shared resource.

Dr. Erica L. Jacquez.

Appointed to serve the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles Board of Commissioners by Los Angeles Mayor Garcetti and the City Council, Jacquez’ expertise in policy process is coupled with an extensive network of local, state and federal policymakers.

With over 18 years of experience with intellectual property rights, problem intervention, and management of legislative/administrative activities – such as monitoring, research, and direct and indirect lobbying to affect either enactment, amendment, or defeat of proposals, she develops strategies, tactics and creative solutions to forge political and civic relationships, builds coalitions, and negotiates legislation that advances an organization’s interests with a track record of successfully navigating public and private sector challenges.

Jacquez also offers corporate and civic clients a competitive advantage by addressing key issues with effective strategies that encompass pragmatic, legislative solutions.

Jacquez served as associate vice president of government relations for AltaMed Health Services. She also served as legislative analyst at the OMB during Obama’s administration, and was a congressional relations officer at the Department of Housing & Urban Development. Before that she was the main community liaison for Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina.

Jacquez has a doctorate in policy, planning and development, and master’s degree from the University of Southern California. She earned her bachelor of arts degree in criminal justice from California State University, Fullerton, and also is a graduate of Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government’s Executive Leadership Program.