Esperanza Borboa is the Program Director at Eastside Legal Assistance Program based in Bellevue, WA, serving the civil legal needs of low-income residents of NE, East, and SE King County. Her work in the field of civil and human rights stretches back to the late 60’s in East Los Angeles. Marching to end the Vietnam War and protesting the conditions in her high school were the catalyst for a lifelong commitment to justice. She was a leader at El Centro de la Raza for fifteen years, working with farm workers, youth, and expanding our understanding of how we are connected to struggles from around the world. She was a Community Fellow at M.I.T. and worked to further develop the youth leadership model that helped launch the creation of the Institute for Community Leadership in Kent, WA. She was the Program Administrator for Seattle Universities Executive Leadership Program and then the Pastoral Leadership Program. During that same period, she fulfilled a lifelong dream to go to college and received her B.A. in History. Esperanza took part in the Consensus Group to revise the State Plan for the Coordinated Delivery of Civil Legal Aid and is an active participant in the Race Equity and Justice Initiative. She is a graduate of the Leadership Academy and Seattle University's Executive Leadership Program. Esperanza was recognized for her work and leadership by receiving the 50th Anniversary Human Rights Award, United Nations, Seattle Chapter, and the Weyerhaeuser, Keeping the Dream Alive, Martin Luther King, Jr. Award. She is married with four adult sons, four grandsons, and one very feisty granddaughter. Si Se Puede!