California Census Office – Outreach Biographies
Adriana Martínez is Deputy Director of Outreach for the California Complete Count - Census 2020, working from Los Angeles. From 2011 until her current position, Adriana was Director of External Affairs-Statewide Relations, and Director of Public Affairs-Southern California, at AT&T. Previously, Adriana was President of Adriana Martínez Group, LLC, providing government, community and public affairs services to various clients. During her years at LA City Hall, Adriana served as Assistant Deputy Mayor of Economic Development for Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa, as well as Economic Policy Director for Mayor James K. Hahn. In 2000, she served as Spokesperson for the California Complete Count Census Campaign. Adriana began her career in Washington, D.C. as Policy Advisor to Congressmember Lucille Roybal-Allard. She earned a Master of Business Administration from the Anderson School at the University of California, Los Angeles and a bachelor’s in International Relations from Stanford University, with a certificate from El Colegio de Mexico. Adriana also is a graduate of the CORO Fellows Program in Public Affairs in San Francisco, 1994. She has received numerous awards for her civic work, including Community Champion Award from the YMCA, Mujeres Destacadas (La Opinion), Alumna of the Year, UCLA Latino Business Association. Adriana serves on the Board of Directors of the Stanford Alumni Association and on the Advisory Board of the Hispanic Scholarship Fund.
Quintilia Ávila is the Regional Program Manager - Southern California Lead for the California Complete Count - Census 2020, based in Los Angeles. Quintilia was a team member of the California Complete Count Census Campaign in 2000. Quintilia brought knowledge of historically undercounted populations, such as immigrant communities to the State’s Census outreach efforts. As an immigrant herself, she understands the fear some Californians have of government. Quintilia brought experience and knowledge as a Research Administrator managing more than $5 million in medical research grants at the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California. During her 15 years at USC, she honed her expertise in project administration, resource and staff management, people skills, and cultural competence, including complete biliterate capacity in Spanish. Quintilia received her bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Southern California.
Marcy Kaplan is the Sector Outreach Manager for the California Complete Count - Census 2020, working out of Los Angeles. Marcy has more than 10 years of experience working with public, private and charitable sectors. Most recently, as the Grant Writer for the Mar Vista Family Center, Marcy oversaw all foundation grants and outreach. In her previous role as Program Officer at MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger, she managed the organization’s advocacy grantmaking portfolio and provided advocacy and leadership development training to grantees. In addition, as the Director of the California Participation Project, Marcy brought together a diverse group of stakeholders to help launch the project and develop a pipeline for voter participation, education and community engagement. Marcy has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a master’s in Public Policy from the University of California, Los Angeles. Marcy is also a Recreation and Parks Commissioner for the city of Santa Monica.
Clarissa Laguardia is the Language and Communication Access Manager for the California Complete Count - Census 2020, based in Sacramento. Clarissa completed her K-12 education in El Salvador and mastered English promptly after arriving in the United States. She has worked as a professional interpreter and translator for nearly 15 years, certified by the National Board of Certification for Medical Interpreters and U.S. State Department. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies, with an emphasis in intercultural and international communication from California State University, Sacramento. In 2016, she received a merit scholarship from the National Center for Interpretation, Arizona University to attend the Court Interpreter Training Institute. In 2018, she studied at the Intercultural Development Research Institute in Milan, Italy. She is a public policy and administration graduate degree candidate at California State University, Sacramento.
Mignonne Pollard is the Education Outreach Manager for the California Complete Count - Census 2020, based in Sacramento. For six years she was an Education Programs Consultant working with after-school providers in Los Angeles. She worked as the Assistant Director of Programs, Policy, and Outreach for the University of California’s 4-H Statewide Youth Development Program located at UC Davis. As the 4-H Assistant Director, she led national and statewide teams in efforts to improve cultural awareness and curriculum design. She was Senior Education Equity Specialist at Brown University, working with teachers, principals, and superintendents to implement policies focused on preventing discrimination based on gender, race, language, age, sex, or national origin. She is a member of the National Speaker’s Association and a Distinguished Toastmaster. She has a doctorate in Education Administration, Social Policy and Planning from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education. She has a master’s in Urban Affairs and Policy Analysis from New School University in New York City. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Spanish/Latin American Studies, from Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida.
Cecil C. Flournoy III
Cecil Flournoy is a Regional Program Manager in Los Angeles for the California Complete Count - Census 2020. A Los Angeles native, his career began with the county of Los Angeles, in the Community Development Commission administering Redevelopment Project Areas and Economic Development Incentive Zones. In 2001, Cecil was appointed to the city of Los Angeles Mayor’s Office of Economic Development on the Business Team as the Regional Manager for South Los Angeles. Cecil served in this capacity for two Mayoral administrations. He also worked for the city of Los Angeles in the Department of City Planning on the Mobility Element, which included multiple light rail projects. Cecil worked in Redevelopment, Housing & Economic Development for the city of Carson for more than 10 years and most recently served as Director of Housing and Grant programs for the city of Inglewood. Cecil earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Morehouse College, a master’s in Urban Planning & Development from the University of Southern California and attended Thunderbird School of Global Management in the Executive Master of Business Administration Program.
Connie Hernandez is a Regional Program Manager for San Diego and Imperial Counties and the Deputy Tribal Liaison for the California Complete Count - Census 2020. She has devoted her time in San Diego County to multiple organizations, including as an Administrator for the Make A Wish Foundation, a founding board member of Ronald McDonald House Charities, VP of Community Relations for Chavez & Associates, VP of Marketing & Public Relations for MAAC Project, and a Partnership Specialist for Census 2010 specializing in the Spanish-speaking hard-to-count communities. She received an Associates of Art degree and minored in Philosophy and Theology from the University of San Diego, College for Women. Connie has received numerous awards for her community work including, Partners for Prevention Community Service Award; Hispanic Publishers Superior Achievement Award for Latinas in the Media; and Democratic Central Committee of San Diego Community Service Award.
Irving Pacheco is a Regional Program Manager in Los Angeles for the California Complete Count - Census 2020. He previously worked for Assembly members Marco A. Firebaugh and Rudy Bermudez, Lt. Governor Cruz Bustamante, and Congressmember Ted Lieu. Irving also serves as a sergeant in the California Army National Guard, providing leadership and crisis response during natural catastrophes including the Carr Fire in Shasta and Trinity counties and the Santa Barbara mud slides. He has advocated for environmental justice and serves on the board of the Century Center for Economic Opportunity Youthbuild. He also serves as a Planning Commissioner for the city of Huntington Park. Irving received a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Redlands, a bachelor’s in Political Science from San Diego State University and a certificate of Real Estate Development from the University of Southern California Ross Minority Program.
Sara Pol-Lim is a Regional Program Manager in Los Angeles for the California Complete Count - Census 2020. She joined the State’s Census outreach campaign in October 2018, bringing knowledge of historically undercounted populations, such as immigrant and refugee communities. A refugee herself, she understands the fear some California residents have of government. Sara was Executive Director of the United Cambodian Community (UCC) of Long Beach from 2007 to 2015. She broke the cultural barrier to become the first Cambodian Woman to lead the UCC back to sustainability. In 2018, Sara has a doctorate degree in Educational Leadership at California State University, Long Beach. Through her community work, Sara has received awards from numerous organizations, including the NAACP Long Beach Branch, the state Assembly and Los Angeles County Supervisorial District 4.
Patricia Vazquez Topete
Patricia Vazquez Topete is a Regional Program Associate for the California Complete Count – Census 2020. She moved to the United States from Mexico at age 12 and was an English-language learner. She has worked on national human rights policy at the Washington Office on Latin America. Patricia worked on immigration outreach from a faith-based perspective with World Relief and has worked as an Outreach Admissions Counselor serving first-generation Latino and immigrant students in the Central Valley. Most recently, she worked as an Executive Fellow at the Labor and Workforce Development Agency, working on the development of projects affecting English-language learners, immigrants, refugees and farmworkers across the state. She received a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Fresno Pacific University and a graduate certificate in applied policy and government from Sacramento State University.