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AltaMed’s VP of Strategic Development & Community Support Receives Latino Spirit Award

May 10, 2011 - Press Release

Zoila Escobar Recognized for Her Contributions to Latino
Communities in California

Los Angeles, CA – AltaMed is proud to announce that Zoila Escobar, Vice President of Strategic Development and Community Support has received a 2011 Latino Spirit Award from the California Latino Legislative Caucus. Overseeing the Foundation’s growth and success, managing the organization’s strategic planning and connecting with Latino communities throughout Southern California are just a few of the reasons why Escobar has received this acknowledgement. AltaMed’s leadership, employees and patients celebrate her success.

 Assemblymember Gilbert Cedillo stated, “I congratulate Zoila Escobar on receiving a 2011 Latino Spirit Award from the California Latino Caucus. She provides incredible leadership on healthcare that is a key issue facing the Latino community. She truly exemplifies the Latino spirit!”

The Latino Legislative Caucus created the Latino Spirit Awards in 2001 to celebrate the contributions of Latinos to the common culture of the United States and to motivate the youth of California. Escobar received her award at the 10th Annual Latino Spirit Awards Ceremony at the California State Capitol on May 9, 2011.

“It is truly an honor to receive this award among so many outstanding representatives of the Latino community,” says Escobar. “Their contributions and standards of excellence are truly inspirational to us all.”

At a time when the economic climate has dropped and many nonprofits have lost significant funding or been forced to close their doors, Escobar has been an integral contributor to AltaMed’s success. Thanks to Escobar’s work at AltaMed, the organization has:

  • Increased grant support by an average of 10 percent each year, raising a record 22 million in 2010.
  • Expanded fundraising events which raise more money each year, this year’s annual gala raised more than $500,000. Escobar has also increased the number of fundraising events from just one to a series of six events each year.
  • Initiated a marketing department that has allowed the organization to increase patient care with more than 855,000 patient encounters in 2010.
  • Created a compliance department to track grant and federal funding requirements saving the organization significant funds.
  • Built a strategic plan that has focused the organization and enabled its tremendous growth, more than doubling in size in the last five years.

Escobar has served in a variety of positions through her years with AltaMed. Notably, as the organization’s first grant writer, events coordinator, and fundraiser. She built AltaMed’s the compliance department and developed the methodology for the organization’s strategic planning.

Escobar has an extensive history in the health care arena prior to her work at AltaMed. She worked with AIDS Project Los Angeles, served as Clinic Administrator for HIV Services at the UCLA Family Planning Clinic and later became the Director of Education and Government Affairs for the Arthritis Foundation. She has also served as Technical Assistant for the World Health Organization where she worked to develop and implement a comprehensive training program to help physicians and other health care professionals improve Hemophilia and HIV Infection Health Care Systems. Escobar has served as co-chair of the first “Binational U.S./Mexico AIDS Conference”; “Latino Artists Against AIDS” Art Show, the “Big Sisters of Los Angeles - Latina Advisory Dinner and Gala” fundraising committees.

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