Brig. Gen. Irene Zoppi is the Deputy Commanding General – Support under the 200th Military Police Command at Fort Meade, Maryland. Previously, she served as the SOUTHCOM Army Reserve Elements Commander/J2 with the 76th Operational Response Command based in Miami, Florida working with partnerships throughout Latin America and the Caribbean.
Native from Canóvanas, Puerto Rico, she began her military career as a private first class in 1985 with the Military Police Corps at Ft. McClellan, Alabama. In 1988, she commissioned as a second lieutenant after graduating from the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus. Her numerous leadership assignments include Deputy Commander for Readiness, Mission Support Element under the 200th Military Police Command; Deputy Commander & Chief of Staff, 1st Mission Support Command; Group/Brigade Commander, Strategic Intelligence Group; Battalion Commander, 203rd Military Intelligence Battalion (Technical Intelligence); Assistant J2, Chief Intelligence Officer, Joint Task Force, National Command Region, NORTHCOM; Battalion Commander, 11th Battalion, 3rd Brigade, 104th Division (Leadership Development) and other key joint assignments including a deployment with the 3rd Armored Division during the Gulf War.
Brig. Gen. Zoppi’s awards and decorations include: Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (with 3 oak leaf clusters), Army Commendation Medal (with 6 oak leaf clusters), Southwest Asia Service Medal (with 3 bronze stars), Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia), Kuwait Liberation Medal (Government of Kuwait) and U.S. Army Parachutist Badge. Brig. Gen. Zoppi also received the Military Intelligence Excellence Knowlton Award in 2013.
As a civilian, Dr. Zoppi serves as a Program Director for the National Intelligence University under the National Security Agency. She is also a member of the Maryland State Board of Education.
Former radio host, reporter, producer and labor activist, Wendy Carrillo has become the newest member of the California Assembly. Carrillo beat her opponent, fellow Democrat Luis López, with a 943-vote margin, leading the race 52.83 percent to 47.17 percent.
Carrillo, born in El Salvador has a distinguished career as a radio and digital host, writer and producer. For 10 years, she was host and executive producer of “Knowledge is Power,” a community based radio program on Los Angeles Power 106 fm. Most recently she was a co-founder of Reported.ly, an award winning social media start-up covering human rights, global conflict and social movements.
Carrillo previously served as part of the communications team that supported organizing efforts for long term care workers at SEIU ULTCW (which is now part of SEIU Local 2015).
She has been recognized as a “Distinguished Woman” by Congresswoman Judy Chu and been presented with recognitions for her community service from the City of Los Angeles and LAUSD. She currently sits on the advisory board of Vision to Learn. She is a graduate of East Los Angeles College and Cal State Los Angeles, where she earned her BA and USC, where she earned her Master’s Degree.
Maria Socorro Pesqueira is a sought-after speaker addressing local, national and hemispheric audiences on a wide variety of prescient topics ranging from private/nonprofit partnerships, women and family issues, health disparities, immigration reform, violence prevention and intervention, and the future of philanthropy.
Pesqueira has served for 15 years as President & CEO to Mujeres Latinas en Accion and previously led The National Museum of Mexican Art’s Development team —and has held leadership roles in various national and local boards including, the National Council of La Raza, Illinois Partners for Human Services; Community Memorial Foundation and the Aetna Medical Advisory Board.
She has been appointed to various City, State and National Commissions. Her awards include being honored by MALDEF Excellence in Community Service; Making A Difference Award by the Chicago Women and Philanthropy; Chicago Magazine as one of six Chicagoans of the Year; the National Organization for Women’s (NOW) Women Who Dared Award; and the Crain’s Chicago Business “40 under 40”. A graduate of the Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government Executive Program; University of St. Thomas, Mini-MBA program in Nonprofit Management; and DePaul University, B.A. Latin American Studies.