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Gloria DeLaTorre~Wycoff was born and raised in Los Angeles, California.

 

Gloria is the proud matriarch of her four generation family: three daughters, two sons, nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.  She and her husband Dane live in Lake Forest, California.

Actively involved in politics and women’s and community issues, in 1962 Gloria worked in the successful campaign of one of the first Latinos elected in the 20th Century to the California State Legislature – her brother – John Ruben Moreno.

 

As a single parent and mother of five children, Gloria entered college and, at the age of 49, received a bachelor’s degree and the EOP Outstanding Graduate award at California State University, Fullerton.  She was also employed at CSU Fullerton for seven years in the EOP Administration Office and the Bilingual Teacher Credential Program.

 

In 1982, she was awarded a full scholarship from the Hispanic Field Services Program at the University of Southern California where, at age 53, she received a Master of Public Administration Degree and the award of Outstanding MPA Graduate.

 

As a community volunteer and leader, Gloria served in leadership roles as vice president of the United Latino Fund; chair of the Community Advisory Council for the East Los Angeles Latino Family Preservation Project; and in 1980 was national president of Comisión Femenil Mexicana Nacional (CFMN), a Latina feminist organization.

                 

Gloria was co-founder and administrator of Casa Victoria, Comisión Femenil’s group home for teenage girls who had been arrested and placed in juvenile hall.  She was director of substance abuse prevention education programs for families, and director of AASUL, an alcohol prevention program focusing on Latinas/women.  After moving to Orange County, she worked for the Children’s Bureau of Southern California, a child abuse prevention agency.

 

She has received awards for her volunteer and professional work including: Las Distinguidas Award-American Association of University Women; Community Service Award, Rio Hondo College Mexican American Cultural Institute, and the College Alumni Achievement Award; Commendation from the California Commission on the Status of Women; 15th Anniversary Award for outstanding service to the Latina community from Comisión Femenil de Los Angeles; the National Latina Alliance Inaugural Visionary Award; and Woman of the Year Award from the Los Angeles County Women’s Commission.  In January 2008, Gloria was selected as one of the Latina/Latino alumni honorees during California State Fullerton’s 50th Anniversary Celebration, “Querer Es Poder - 50 Examples.”

 

Gloria is an active member of MANA de Orange County, a national Latina organization; and she is a member of the National Organization for Women (NOW).

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