In Lak'ech Advisory Board
Dulce Garcia, M.A., (she/her) is a Queer Chicana Femme born in Mexico City and raised in East Los Angeles. She graduated from UC Irvine with two Bachelor’s degrees and received her Master’s degree in Ethnic Studies from San Francisco State University. Her passion and commitment to serve underrepresented and underserved communities is rooted in an anti-oppression framework that is evident through her work experience, community organizing, and leadership. Dulce is the Policy Director for the Office of Sexual Harassment and Assault, Response and Prevention (SHARP) for the City and County of San Francisco, advocating for survivors, and transforming the systems used to address sexual violence in San Francisco. She strongly believes that survivors are the experts of their own lives and that all forms of oppression must be eradicated in order to end sexual violence. With over 20 years of leadership experience, she has provided professional development and technical assistance to State agencies, community-based organizations, and universities throughout the United States, advocating for self-empowerment through education that is non-judgmental and accessible to her audiences.
Creatively, Dulce is a filmmaker and dancer. Her film, “With Conviction”, won the Audience Choice Award at the Queer Women of Color Film Festival and screened in Paris, France at the International Lesbian and Feminist Film Festival. In her free time, you can catch her performing on stage with In Lak’ech Dance Academy – the only Queer and Transgender, Bachata and Salsa Dance Academy in the U.S.
Leila pronounced (Lie-La) brings over 10 years experience in community and campus organizing, electoral organizing and facilitation. She is dedicated to creating spaces for authentic relationships and collaborations to emerge across diverse constituencies and coalitions. Leila was a founding member of the successful student-initiated minimum wage campaign in San Jose, California that helped kick-start the national minimum wage movement. In 2011 she started working at Working Partnerships USA, a labor-affiliated social justice non-profit. Starting out as a canvasser, she moved her way up to field manager and then project lead where she lead a group of 20 canvassers that registered 14,000 people to vote in Santa Clara County during the 2012 election cycle. She was the deputy field director for a progressive mayoral candidate in San Jose, the 10th largest city in the U.S. She has also worked in nonprofit organizations partnering with multiple colleges, churches and other organizations developing curriculum and facilitating workshops and most recently worked on developing a strategic plan for community engagement nationally for a Civil Rights Organization.
At the age of 12 Leila went to her first war protest with her family. She has been passionate about social change ever since. However she did not learn how to turn her passion into effective action until she took a political science class at DeAnza College. It was there that she learned “politics the Wellstone way,” studying with a community college professor who was one of Paul Wellstone’s early protégées and helping to organize several Campus Camp Wellstone trainings. She went on to complete a certificate in leadership and social change at DeAnza and a B.A. in sociology with a concentration in community change from San Jose State and is working on her Masters in Public Policy at Mills college.
Leila lives in Oakland California with her partner Calvin, young son Malik and their two cats, Sierra and KAT. To bring balance in her life, Leila trains capoeira and is part of In Lak’ech dance academy. She also loves working out, weightlifting and movement in general.
Lilian Gonzalez, AMFT
Individual/Collective Healing Practitioner
My work is enriched by my own experiences as a Latinx first-generation child of immigrants, as well my understanding on how social location, our material conditions and our identities inform how we live and move in the world. As a healing practitioner, I work with people on their path towards healing and liberation. I am committed to social justice and the transformative power of unearthing our own wounding to recognize power, build agency, self determination and experience freedom. I strongly believe in the power of community and art as a tool to help shift our trauma narratives. I am a new parent, devoted partner and loyal amiga. Looking forward to building community with you all!
Richelle Evelyn Donigan is a masterful Transformation Guide, Life Coach, Author, Yoga Instructor, and Speaker. She has been in the work and study of transformation for more than 40 years. Richelle has an extraordinary gift for creating safe and empowering spaces for all people. She has created and led numerous retreats and workshops focusing on Women & LGBTQI Communities. Richelle’s Vision Workshops are life-changing. You will walk away with powerful clarity and strategies to create a life that you absolutely LOVE. A consummate teacher, Richelle embodies wellness and is dedicated to uplifting individuals & communities with the profound healing practices of Yoga & Vision.
Sabrina A. Jiménez (She/Her/Ella) is a queer Chicana femme born on occupied Tongva land (Pasadena, CA). She is the youngest daughter of Mexican immigrant parents. Sabrina is a former teacher who now works in the sphere of education technology with a nonprofit organization in Los Ángeles.
Sabrina has been with In Lak'ech Dance Academy since it opened its doors and has served on both the leadership team and the QLDF planning committee. She intends to support the directors in their effort to continually actualize their mission and subsequently keep breaking barriers on the dance floor.