Latino Alumni Association

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Alumni Profiles

Nancy Padron de Mendez

Up for the Challenge Nancy Padron de Mendez ’12 faced a tough decision when she received her acceptance letter from USC. Her boss had just offered her a promotion with more pay. For a single mother who also helped provide for her six younger siblings, she was caught between achieving a dream and making ends… Read more

Erica Silva

Coming Home When Latino Alumni Association scholar Erica Silva ’11 first visited the USC campus, she felt like she’d come home. But when she was accepted, it was a mixed blessing; USC’s price tag was daunting. Her parents knew how hard she’d worked to get to USC. With only three years left on their mortgage,… Read more

Geri Holman

Dream Achiever Personally and professionally, Geri Holman ‘88 helps people achieve their dreams. As business development manager for Ceridian, she helps businesses maximize their human, financial and technology resources. As a volunteer, she founded FutureBoost! to provide personal coaching and motivational workshops for teens and young adults, guiding them toward their college and career objectives…. Read more

Manny Anguiano

Giving Back Although Manny Anguiano ’87 could not accept a USC Latino Alumni Association (LAA) scholarship because it would have jeopardized his varsity baseball scholarship, he admired the association’s work and, after graduation, asked how he could help. He has remained active with the association, chairing the scholarship committee, serving on the board of directors… Read more

Maria Jones

An Entrepreneurial Approach Maria Jones ’87 began her entrepreneurial career with a T-shirt business while she was working on her degree at the USC Marshall School of Business with an emphasis on marketing and advertising. Instead of following the traditional route of a corporate career, she launched her own production company and then began a… Read more

Sandy Oliver Lopez

An Advocate for Others Sandy Oliver Lopez immigrated to the U.S. from Mexico with his family at age 5. He attended one of the toughest schools in Orange County, where he organized a march to urge his high school to employ certified counselors to help more students prepare for college. He has managed to earn… Read more

Lorena Lopez

Serving as an Inspiration At age 15, Lorena Lopez ’10 learned that it only takes one second to change your life. After suffering a seizure, she learned she had developed epilepsy. Concerned for her well-being, her parents didn’t want her to go back to school, much less attend a major university far from her hometown… Read more

Karime Sanchez Bradvica

Foundations of a Life Karime Sanchez Bradvica ‘80 was 11 years old when she first saw the USC campus.    “I had emigrated from a small town in Mexico a year prior,” she remembers, “and I had never seen such a beautiful place.” Right then and there, she decided she would go to USC. In… Read more

Ulloa Brothers

The Ulloa brothers

The Ulloas, Walter ’70, Roland ’73 and Ronald ’76, grew up in a small agricultural community in California’s Imperial Valley. Their parents dreamed of the brothers attending USC—and they did just that, each earning a bachelor’s degree, followed by law degrees at other institutions. All three have become successful broadcast executives. The Ulloa brothers share… Read more