Executive Board

Meet the board for 2019-2020 Academic Year!

Chair: Angie Ocampo


Angie is a PhD student in the Department of Sociology. She was born in Bogotá, Colombia and grew up in White Plains, NY. She received her bachelor’s degree from Brown University in Sociology and Ethnic Studies. Angie’s research examines how Latina/o/x immigrants integrate into the racial hierarchy in the U.S. Angie also works as a Graduate Fellow at the Grad Center on diversity and inclusion initiatives.

Co-Chair: Daniel Pérez


Danny is a Master student in Public Administration, concentrating in Public Finance. He was born in Havana, Cuba and grew up in Miami, Florida. Danny received a Bachelor of Art in Criminology and Political Science, with a concentration in International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania. He is a Latin dancer, martial artist, and motorcycle enthusiast. As a FGLI student at Penn, Danny continues to promote diversity, access and inclusion. He serves as a graduate mentor in Familia, a program within La Casa Latina. He hopes to inspire others to achieve their goals and seek opportunities to make an impact.

Vice Chair of Operations: Ana Alvarez


Ana is Ph.D. candidate in the Materials Science and Engineering department. After finishing her bachelor’s degree in chemical and biological engineering, she returned home to Chicago to work for Polyera, a start-up focused on flexible electronic displays made with organic materials.  After three years with the company, she determined that higher education would provide the best avenue for career advancement.  She hopes one day to hold a high level research position in the industrial sector, and remains fond of organic material development.


Vice Chair of Finance: Marcela Barrientos


Marcela is a second year masters student in the Graduate School of Education’s Urban Teaching Residency Program. She was born in San Salvador, El Salvador and grew up on the Bronx, New York. Marcela received a Bachelor of Science in the Foreign Service from Georgetown University. She came to Philly as a Teach for America corps member to fight education inequity in underserved communities, and hopes to continue to promote social inclusion both on and off campus.

Vice Chair of Programming: João Fiocchi

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João is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Sociology. Born and raised in Brazil, he received his M.A. in Law, State, and Constitution and his B.A. in Law from the University of Brasilia, Brazil. João’s current research is a comparative historical analysis of the roles of the systems of racial stratification during the process of state formation and slavery in the US and Brazil.

Vice Chair of Programming: Kevin Chavez


Kevin is a 3rd year Dental student. He was born in Lima, Peru but grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio. He received his bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Cincinnati. It was there that his passion for the Latino community really began. He was president and founder of Club Hispano and was also involved in Latinos en Acción. Currently, he serves as the social chair at the Penn Dental Hispanic Student Dental Association. As a future dental professional, he is excited to give back to the local Latino community and go on dental mission trips around Latin America.

Vice Chair of Communications: Natalie Zamora


Natalie is pursing the Masters in Higher Education program through Penn GSE. She will be starting her first class this fall since graduating with her Bachelor of Arts in English from Bryn Mawr College in 2014. She has been working in higher education for the past five years and is currently working full time at Penn while pursuing her Masters part time. She is a child of immigrants and the first in her family to go to college. She is from Southern California and, yes, she is obsessed with Disneyland and In-N-Out Burger.

Vice Chair of Media: Janice Reynaga


Janice is a 2nd year biochemistry PhD student at the Perelman School of Medicine. She received her bachelors in biochemistry at Cal State Fullerton, and completed a thesis project related to gene regulation and neurodegenerative diseases. Throughout her undergraduate career, Janice served as a high school AVID tutor and organized an after school program for middle school students. As a first generation Mexican American college graduate she values great mentorship and is excited to serve UPenn’s Latinx community this following year. She is now investigating epigenetic regulation throughout nuerodevelopment in the laboratory of Dr. Benjamin Garcia. During her free time she enjoys eating delicious food, running, and going to concerts.



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