Dallas Chorizo and Menudo Community Breakfast August 6th


Claudia Sandoval
City Council Member

A native of Cockrell Hill, Claudia Sandoval graduated from the Talented and Gifted Magnet High School and Southern Methodist University where she received her Master’s in Systems Engineering. Sandoval currently works at Hitachi Consulting as a Senior Consultant.
The daughter of immigrant parents, Sandoval was the first in her family to graduate from college. She is a fellow in the inaugural class of Latino Center for Leadership Development and was elected to Cockrell Hill City Council in May 2016.  She has previously served on the SMU Hispanic Alumni Board and is a member of Sigma Lambda Gamma Dallas-Fort Worth Alumnae Association. Sandoval is also a parishioner at Santa Clara Catholic Church.

Claudia resides in Cockrell Hill with her parents Jose and Lucy, who love to tend to their garden. She also has a sister, Sonya, who is a registered nurse at Methodist Hospital.

Maricela Moore 

Maricela Siewczynski Moore has extensive experience litigating employment, contract, trade secret, non-competition agreement, and other commercial matters in both state and federal courts on behalf of individuals and corporations. Maricela also has a successful record of mediating cases of all sizes in the areas of personal injury, commercial, and employment disputes. In addition, she has been engaged to investigate potential ethical and legal violations by executives and employees of national banking associations, publicly traded companies, and public associations. She has also served as an umpire in commercial insurance disputes. Maricela is frequently appointed by judges in both the state and federal courts to serve as a mediator and guardian ad litem in civil disputes. She also serves as local counsel in cases filed in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas and Dallas District and County Courts. Maricela is board certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in labor and employment law and is bilingual in English and Spanish.
Maricela was previously a partner with the boutique law firm Farrow-Gillespie & Health LLP. She also gained extensive litigation experience while working as an associate in the commercial and securities litigation sections of the international law firm Baker & McKenzie LLP. Maricela also worked as a bankruptcy litigation associate at Cowles & Thompson P.C. Maricela served as a law intern with the Texas Supreme Court and the United States District Court for the District of Columbia.

Monica Lira Bravo
Dallas County Community College Board of Trustee
Monica Lira Bravo is running for Dallas County Community College Board of Trustee, District #4 because she believes that a solid education is the key to success and key to ending generational poverty.
A daughter of immigrants, Monica was the first in her family to be born in the United States. An East Dallas native, Monica graduated from The Hockaday School, received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in French from Southern Methodist University and her law degree from Texas Tech University School of Law. She is Board Certified in Immigration and Nationality Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and is the owner and managing attorney of Lira Bravo Law, PLLC. She was recognized as a Rising Star in Immigration Law by Texas Super Lawyers Magazine and Texas Tech University School of Law awarded her with the Bob Black Leader Award.
Although neither of Monica’s parents has more than a second-grade education, Monica always knew that she wanted to pursue a higher education. As a young child she loved to read and found great role models in her older sisters who laid the path for her by attending college before her. Her oldest sister, Dominga began her college education at a Dallas County Community College while at the same time working full-time and raising young children. She obtained her bachelor’s degree from Amberton University and is now a teacher at Founder’s Academy in Southeast Dallas. Monica’s other sister, Nancy, obtained her bachelor’s degree from SMU and is now one of Dallas Independent School District’s top principals; she will open the District’s first all-girls primary school focusing on STEAM. Monica and her family have lived first-hand the American dream of moving from poverty to middle class in one generation thanks to a college degree.
In addition to her career as an immigration lawyer, she is an entrepreneur, opening her own law firm five years ago, Lira Bravo Law, PLLC. She is also very active in the community. Over the years, she has mentored many high school students and college students recognizing that as a first generation college student, mentorship is an important part of success in college.
She is the Immediate Past President of the Dallas Hispanic Bar Association and currently serves on their Board of Directors. In 2015, she led the DHBA in raising over $70,000 at their Noche de Luz gala. The money raised will go towards law students scholarships, pipeline diversity initiatives such as: Youth Law Symposium targeted at high school students to inspire them to attend law school, LSAT prep course scholarships and the Latina Leadership Program. Monica is currently spearheading the Latina Leadership program, which is an initiative to retain and develop Latina attorneys, and to help Latina undergraduate students navigate the law school admissions process.

Michael Hinojosa
DISD Superintendent 
Dr. Michael Hinojosa returned to Dallas ISD when he was named by the board of trustees to serve as superintendent in October 2015. Dr. Hinojosa has served 20 years as a superintendent/CEO of six public education systems, including two of the 25 largest school systems in America, Dallas ISD in Texas and the Cobb County School District in suburban Atlanta, Georgia. His career in public education, from teacher and coach to superintendent/CEO, spans more than three decades. With a firm belief that education and not environment is the key to a student’s success, he has led several
school districts to improved student achievement. Dr. Hinojosa’s recognitions include being named 2002 Superintendent of the Year by the Texas Association of School Boards and 2005 Superintendent of the Year by the University of Texas at Austin. He was honored as Distinguished Alumnus by the College of Education at Texas Tech University and as the Outstanding Latino Educator by the Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents in 2014. He is a past president of the Texas Association of School Administrators. He has served as an educational consultant for various organizations that support public
education, including as a master teacher and coach for the American Association of School Administrators and the Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents.Dr. Hinojosa, a proud graduate of Dallas Independent School District, holds a doctorate in education from
the University of Texas at Austin. He and wife Kitty have two sons, graduates of Princeton University and Harvard University. He has a son from a previous marriage who graduated from Texas Tech University. All
three attended Dallas ISD for a significant portion of their K-12 careers.

Larissa Martinez
Valedictorian for Mckinney Boyd High School  
Larissa Martinez was born and raised in Mexico City. Life in Mexico wasn’t a fairytale due to the abuse that existed at home due to her father’s aggression. So, when she was 13 years-old and her little sister was 5 years-old, her mom decided to leave their home country and come to the United States– the land of dreams and opportunities. Things were not easy at the beginning, and to a certain point, they never got easier, but slowly and steadily, the situation improved exponentially. For the first time in a long time, they were happy. She attended Cockrill Middle School 7th and 8th grade, and then Mckinney Boyd High School the next 4 years after that. During her time at Boyd, she took 17 AP classes and became a member of various clubs. On June 3rd, she spoke as the valedictorian of her class of 686 people in front of a crowd of about 5,000 people and revealed her reality: she is undocumented. She wanted to show the people of this world that undocumented immigrants are humans who just want a chance at a better life so they should be treated as so. She did not expect to have people with different viewpoint to completely change their opinions, but she at least hoped that they would look at the issue with more sympathy and love. As for the next fours years of her life, she will be a student at Yale University where she wants to be pre-med and major in cognitive science and/or biomedical engineering. Her dream is to someday become a neurosurgeon who can dedicate her life to volunteer programs like Doctors Without Borders.

Officer Patrick Zamarripa’s Family
Mother and Father

Officer Zamarripa was a U.S. Navy veteran who served three tours in Iraq and had served with the Dallas Police Department for six years. He is survived by his wife, 2-year-old daughter, and stepson. He was also involved with the Dallas Police Association, the union that represents Dallas officers. Zamarripa was active on Twitter. His bio reads: “Addicted to the thrill of this job. I own the night. I love my Country, Texas, Family, God, Friends, and Sports! Don’t Tread on Me! ‘Merica.”
Police Officer Patrick Zamarripa, Senior Corporal Lorne Ahrens, Police Officer Michael Krol, Sergeant Michael Smith, of the Dallas Police Department and Police Officer Brent Thompson, of the Dallas Area Rapid Transit Police Department, were shot and killed by an active shooter during a protest in downtown Dallas.

Domingo Garcia

Law Office of Domingo Garcia, P.C.
400 S. Zang Blvd., Suite 600
Dallas, Texas 75208