Mercy Willard, Executive Director
Mercy joins the Trojan Family having spent the past 16 years in the nonprofit health sector where she held various roles of notable responsibility. She has a long and successful history of building relationships, community partnerships, and developing programming for under-served populations with an emphasis on the Latino and disabled communities.
Most recently, Mercy served as Director of Community Health Strategies for the Greater Los Angeles Chapter of the American Diabetes Association. In this role, she developed programs and strategic partnerships with a variety of community organizations to promote diabetes prevention and treatment while also raising funds for the ADA from individuals, corporations and foundations. Prior to that, she served in a similar capacity with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society (NMSS). At the NMSS, she also served as the West Region Liaison on Diversity and Inclusion, assisted with volunteer recruitment, and Board development.
Mercy is committed to making a difference in the community and use her experience as a first generation college graduate to help others do the same. She earned her BA in Sociology from UCLA and her Master in Nonprofit Management from Regis University. She also participated in the CORO Health Leadership Fellowship Program.
She resides in Boyle Heights with her son. They both enjoy traveling and spending time with friends and family.
Dolores Sotelo, Associate Director
Dolores Sotelo is associate director of the USC Latino Alumni Association. She oversees the LAA scholarship program and plays a key role in LAA’s annual events. Part of the USC Trojan Family since 1980, she previously served in positions in the USC Office of Admissions and the USC Viterbi School of Engineering – Minority Engineering Program. She has also held leadership roles with the USC Latino Forum and the Latino staff support organization, and is active in the University Staff Club. She has been honored for her commitment to USC Latino students by the USC Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, the USC Latino Business Student Association, USC Chicanos for Progressive Education and the USC Latina/o Student Assembly. She is an avid Trojan football fan.
Isabel Aranda, Assistant Director
Isabel Aranda is assistant director of the USC Latino Alumni Association. Her principal responsibilities include managing alumni and student relations, providing support with fundraising, communications and event planning. Prior to joining the USC Latino Alumni Association, Ms. Aranda served as Executive/Research Assistant at a public policy research company. Her career in the public sector includes college advising at Santa Monica College, development manager of several community projects for the Santa Monica-Malibu School District, and campaign manager for local city council and board of education candidates. Isabel received her bachelor of science in Public Policy and Management from USC Sol Price School of Public Policy and holds a master’s in Public Administration from California State University, Northridge. She is a former LAA scholarship recipient and served on the USC LAA Scholarship Committee.
Vivian Sampson, Budget Analyst
Vivian Sampson joined the USC Latino Alumni Association as Budget Analyst/Office Manager in March 2014. She brings nearly thirty years of experience serving in the administrative function for national and international corporations including PricewaterhouseCoopers, LA Care Health Plan and Columbia Pictures. Vivian will bring her project management and administrative vigor to the team.