MEET THE TEAM

Executive Director

Dr. Nancy Huante-Tzintzun (pronouns: she/her), an Ethnic Studies professor at CSU Sacramento, drives her work further at Stockton Schools Initiative through her well versed social justice theoretic and civic engagement policy work. Born in Michoacán, Mexico and raised in Stockton, she believed in the transformative power of education and received a Doctorate of Philosophy and Education from the University of Utah. Dr. Huante currently sits on Board of Directors for SURF, a fellowship rooted in cultivating the next generation of Stockton leaders, and Xicana Collective, a coalition which focuses on  muxeres’ lived experience as tools of transformation.

 

Higher Education Policy Student Organizer

Donald Donaire (pronouns: they/them) grew up across the San Francisco Bay Area and then Stockton in an immigrant working-class family. Since studying Ethnic Studies at the University of California in San Diego, they aspire to be an educator and school policy advocate with specific focus in serving students of historically-marginalized communities. Outside of organizing with SSI, they’re currently involved with the Little Manila After School Program (LMASP), Empowering Marginalized Asian Communities (EMAC), and the Stockton chapter of ICE Out of California. Donald is most interested in cross-cultural solidarity work, community building through creative art-making, and addressing issues affecting queer and trans people of color. On their downtime, they love to watch Steven Universe and Pose.

K-8 Policy Family Organizer

Iliana Huante (pronouns: she/her) is a proud mom of 4 who is passionate about teaching and engaging parents in education equity advocacy work. Her work is best exemplified through Rita Pierson’s words, “every child deserves a champion: an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection and insists they become the best they can possibly be.”

Communications & Media Relations Strategist
Camille Zapata (pronouns: she/her) was born in Stockton, CA, where she and her brother, rode their Schwinn bikes around the Miracle Mile and where her mother, Patricia Cruz, raised her to be curious and unafraid. With the support of her family, she became a first generation college graduate, earning a B.A. in Anthropology from University of California, Santa Cruz. Her early work as a grant writer for religiously persecuted Vietnamese asylum seekers in Bangkok, Thailand, propelled her into political advocacy work. After returning to Stockton, she joined the Reinvent South Stockton Coalition team and managed candidate-elect, Candelaria Vargas’s SUSD school board campaign. She now works with Stockton Schools Initiative to implement strategic communications and campaign work to advocate for education equity across her hometown. After work, she likes to cook a healthy portion of spicy Shoyu ramen.