About Us

"There is no substitute for hard work, 23 or 24 hours a day. And there is no substitute for patience and acceptance." Cesar Chavez

The San Diego County Latino Association (SDCLA) is a County of San Diego employee resource group open to all County employees and the public regardless of race or ethnicity. The Association offers networking opportunities through mentoring, training, and activities that benefit the community and members. SDCLA also seeks promotional possibilities for its members and is a strong proponent of cultural diversity and inclusion in County government.

A service organization benefiting the employees and residents of the County of San Diego, our goal is to help our members reach their goals!

To be a dynamic resource that promotes professional excellence, leadership, and cultural awareness, while serving as a strategic partner for community achievement and the County’s success.


  • Cultural Awareness: Promote the diversity of all Latino groups.
  • Recruitment / Retention / Outreach: Support workforce recruitment and retention and participate in community outreach activities.  Increase our membership and retain existing members through focused outreach to County employees and regional Latino organizations.
  • Professional Development: Support and promote the continuous advancement of SDCLA members into fulfilling careers and key roles within the County of San Diego.
  • Partnerships and Supporting County Initiatives: Develop strong relationships with community organizations and County departments and actively support County initiatives that are consistent with our mission and goals.

Diversity, Integrity, Commitment to Excellence, Compassion, Culture, Family and Work/Life Balance

>>>CLICK HERE to download the SDCLA Strategic Plan (PDF)

Board Members

President – Israel Garza, Treasury Tax Collector

Vice President – Maria Solorzano, Public Defender

Treasurer – Oliver Camacho, District Attorney

Secretary – Maritza Herrera, Health and Human Services Agency

District Director – Oscar Talaro, Health and Human Services Agency

District Director – Nicholas Martinez, Housing and Community Development

District Director – Jackie Hurtado, San Diego County Employees Retirement Association

District Director – Sandy Barajas, Child Support Services

Director at Large: Amber Tarrac, Board of Supervisors, District 2



Executive Advisory Board:

David Estrella, Deputy Chief Administrative Officer, Community Services Group (Executive Sponsor)

Joe Cordero, Director, Office of Ethics and Compliance

Jose Aponte, Director, San Diego County Library

Barbara Jimenez, Director, Central and South Regions, Health and Human Services Agency

Jesse Navarro, Public Affairs Officer, District Attorney’s Office

SDCLA is open to all County employees and members of the community regardless of race or ethnicity