Technical Assistance Senior Coordinator
Zandra Lopez serves as the Technical Assistance Senior Coordinator at Caminar Latino- Latinos United for Peace and Equity and brings with her over 25 years rooted in community and working in direct services serving children, youth, and families. She comes to this work as a survivor of domestic violence and as a grandmother and mother.
Prior to joining Caminar Latino-LUPE, Zandra worked at a children’s receiving home in Sacramento, CA where she experienced firsthand the unique needs of children and their families in this system. She began her career as a residential counselor but soon discovered her passion for working directly with youth in foster care and in the juvenile justice system who had been removed from their families by child welfare. By the time she left the receiving home, she was serving as the Program Supervisor. Zandra describes this work experience as one that has shaped the manner in which she approaches her system’s change work.
Zandra has dedicated over two decades of service in the domestic violence field. Her roles have ranged from legal services for low-income survivors, to delivering supervised visitation and exchange services for domestic violence or high conflict cases pending in the family court, to offering culturally relevant crisis intervention and advocacy services. In addition, she has developed and managed residential shelter and transitional housing programs for survivors of domestic violence and their children.
Zandra lives in Sacramento, California with her husband. She has five adult children and 10 grandchildren from the ages of 1-21 years old.