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Laura Medina Quintanar

About Laura Medina Quintanar

Laura was born in Mexico City, but she grew up in San Francisco's Mission District. Laura had the fortune of staying local throughout her educational journey. She attended City College of San Francisco before transferring to UC Berkeley where she earned a BA in political science. Following graduation, she entered the workforce and held a variety of program positions at SMART, a college access organization, before ultimately returning to the classroom to earn her master’s in public administration at San Francisco State University.

Currently, Laura is the executive director for Horizons at SFFS, a nonprofit in San Francisco's Mission District working to close the opportunity gap for underserved youth through summer learning. Laura brings experience in program development, project management, and strategic planning. Her leadership approach is deeply rooted in her identities as an immigrant, a Latina, a first-generation college student, and a woman. She believes that leaders should be collaborative, empathetic, and above all, authentic. 

"As someone who grew up in the Mission District and received a bilingual education, I identify strongly with TECA's student population. I joined the board because I want to use my education and expertise to work alongside the TECA community to ensure that our students have access to the resources and experiences they need to be able to reach their full potential."