Speeches will be available on May 9th, but get to know our speakers below!
Alicia Sanchez is the president of the BBFI/KBBF board of directors. She came to Santa Rosa in 1969 and became aware of a group of Chicano students who wanted to start a bilingual public radio station. Unfortunately, she was off to college and was not here when KBBF went on the air in 1973. She returned to Santa Rosa in 1986 and since then has played many roles with KBBF—listener, interviewee, election observer, and board member. Alicia has been a long time activist working on issues affecting workers, immigrants, women, and youth as well as an advocate for non-violence and social justice. Since 2010 she has been a full-time volunteer with KBBF because of her love and passion for serving the community. She believes in KBBF’s vision and legacy.
Rafael devotes a great deal of his own time and money volunteering with programs addressing the needs of troubled youth in our community. He provides many young men who are affiliated with gangs with resources to connect them with positive alternatives to gang life. Rafael worked for ten years with a prison program that provided books to prisoners all throughout the United States.
Rafael hosts a weekly radio show in Spanish that targeted first-generation college students and parents to the educational opportunities and funding available to them in college. Rafael has taught at Sonoma State University’s Chicano and Latino Studies Department. Rafael is the board president of Humanidad Therapy & Education Services that provides affordable and culturally appropriate therapeutic services to the Latinx community and other marginalized communities.
Law Office of the Public Defender
Ms. Espinoza is a Sonoma County Deputy Public Defender who specializes in those issues that arise from the intersection of criminal and immigration law (Crim Imm). Ms. Espinoza advises fellow Public Defenders on how best to represent their clients with regard to the immigration consequences of their pleas and charges while carrying a criminal defense caseload.
Previously, Ms. Espinoza worked in the Riverside County Public Defender’s officer for 7 years, where she created and oversaw the Crim Imm program. Ms. Espinoza graduated with her law degree from UC Berkeley School of Law. As a student, she worked in the California Asylum Representation Clinic (CARC) providing representation at all stages of the asylum application process for refugees and worked at the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF).
Tristyn is a senior at Olympian high school and was recently accepted to Stanford University. She is the founding president of Red Cross Club, treasurer of Students for Civil Liberties Club, and co-captain of her school’s dance team. Tristyn has interned in the office of Assemblymember Dr. Shirley Weber and at the La Jolla Institute for Immunology. In her free time, she enjoys cuddling with her dog and reading.