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November 2, 2017
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Secretary of State Alex Padilla to Visit Los Angeles Schools as part of Avanza Network’s Annual Conference 

LOS ANGELES – Secretary of State Alex Padilla will participate in The Avanza Network’s 6th annual student empowerment conference taking place this year in Los Angeles. As part of the conference, members of Avanza will visit thousands of students, parents, and local educators in at least 30 high schools in disadvantaged communities to encourage students to attend and succeed in college. Avanza is an organization comprised mainly of Latino Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) alumni across the United States. Secretary Padilla earned a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from MIT in 1994. 

Members of the media are invited to attend Secretary Padilla’s visits with students at Canoga Park High School and San Fernando High School.


6th Annual Avanza Conference and Media


California Secretary of State Alex Padilla
Ana Sandoval, San Antonio City Councilwoman
Frances Pinedo, Avanza President and Entrepreneur
Luis H. Rodriguez, Honeywell Director IoT Ecosystem/MIT PhD
Luz Rivas, Board of Public Works Commissioner at City of Los Angeles
Abel Valenzuela, Professor of Urban Planning and Chicano Studies/Director of UCLA Institute for Research on Labor and Employment
Douglas Varela, President DaVinci Academic Consulting
MIT Latino Engineers, Doctors, Entrepreneurs, Educators, Scientists, and others LA area high school students, parents and educators


Friday, November 3, 2017
8:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Canoga Park High School,
6850 Topanga Cyn Blvd, Canoga Park, CA 91303

10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
San Fernando High School
11133 O'Melveny Avenue, San Fernando, CA 91340
(Event will take place at magnet school adjacent to the main campus across Chamberlain Street.)


Avanza: Rene Gonzalez (512) 809-0863,


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