AARP California announced today that Lisa Baca, executive director and founder of the California Latino Leadership Institute (CLLI), has joined its California Executive Council, a group of volunteer leaders that provides strategic vision and guidance for AARP in California.
“Lisa has a deep understanding and appreciation for on-the-ground community building,” said AARP California State President Patricia Pérez. “Her ability to engage with and inspire emerging leaders will help our statewide efforts tremendously.”
Baca comes to AARP with more than 35 years of experience working with a wide range of California’s diverse communities. She began her career as a Field Deputy to State Senator Art Torres (Ret.) in the early 1980s and founded CLLI in 2014 as a means to develop the next generation of diverse and entrepreneurial public, corporate and community leaders to create a better future for California.
“We’re thrilled to have Lisa as part of our team,” said AARP California State Director Nancy McPherson. “She has been recognized both locally and nationally for her devotion to service, and I have no doubt she will be an unremitting advocate for the 50+ in California as well.”
Before serving with AARP, Baca volunteered as Treasurer for eight years (2006-2014) with the Echo Park Library Community Group, helping with reading and literacy programs as part of the city’s public library system.
Baca graduated from California State University Los Angeles (CSULA) in 1986 with a double major Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Public Administration
She is a 1997 Graduate Fellow of the National Hispana Leadership Institute (NHLI) in Washington, DC. Recent accolades include the 2016 Hispanic Lifestyles Latina of Influence Award, and Latino Journal Magazine’s Spirit of Latina Award.
An avid equestrian, Baca volunteers with equine rescue projects and is a single mother of three daughters, Gabriella , a special education teacher in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and twins, Jennifer Sonia and Jacqueline Sophia, sophomores at Bishop Alemany Catholic High School in Mission Hills.