A little bit about the First Generation Harvard Alumni Board's Executive Committee
Daniel Lobo, President
Dan Lobo is Chief Operating Officer of a Los Angeles-based startup called We Are Onyx, a beauty subscription and retail platform for black women. Prior to this role, Dan was an Associate in the K-12 Education Practice at Parthenon-EY, where he worked on a variety of strategic engagements with clients ranging from national foundations, to state departments of education to local non-profits. Prior to joining Parthenon, Dan spent a year in NYC working with a non-profit called the Oliver Scholars Program, which helps students of color gain access to independent schools. Dan graduated in 2014 with high honors in Social Studies and a teaching certification in secondary school History through the Undergraduate Teacher Education Program (UTEP). During his time at Harvard he led Harvard Students for Education Reform (SFER) and founded the First Generation Student Union (FGSU). In his free time, Dan enjoys serving on the Executive Committee of Minds Matter Los Angeles, writing, and taking advantage of yearlong California sunshine.
Nelida Garcia, Secretary
Nelida Garcia is an Assistant Director of the Fried Public Policy and Service Program at the University of Chicago. In her role, she provides individualized career advising and facilitates pre-professional workshops for undergraduate students seeking public interest careers. Prior to UChicago, she worked at Uncommon Charter High School in Brooklyn, NY, where she contributed to increasing college access for underrepresented students. Nelida graduated magna cum laude with highest honors in Sociology and a secondary field in Ethnicity, Migration, and Rights in 2014. As an undergrad, she conducted research through the Mellon Mays Fellowship, served on the board of the Harvard Latino Student Alliance (HLSA), and co-founded the First Generation Student Union (FGSU). Nelida was born and raised in Chicago and enjoys catching up on TV comedies in her spare time.
Lenica Morales-Valenzuela, Treasurer
As the first person in her family to graduate from high school, Lenica Morales-Valenzuela aims to forge a career that will fundamentally change the lives of others. She graduated from Harvard College in 2015 with honors in Romance Languages and Literatures and a secondary in Archaeology. Due to her work in Central America, Lenica was awarded the 2015 Alex G. Booth Fellowship and the 2015 Pforzheimer Public Service Fellowship. She dedicated her time abroad to studying Central American migration in Chiapas and she worked with a forensic anthropology NGO in Guatemala to disperse the stories of Guatemala's genocide survivors, focusing on the testimonies of rural and indigenous communities. Lenica continued her line of work at Stanford University where she obtained her MA in Latin American Studies in 2017. Choosing to focus on the importance of economic development, Lenica is currently serving as an Analyst at The Wicks Group, a global aviation consulting firm based in Washington, D.C. She is working to gain international business experience to hopefully receive a dual JD-MBA degree and merge two critical fields that could make a defining impact in her future work and leadership in Central America. When she's not traveling or reading Latin America literature/poetry, Lenica enjoys playing rugby, catching up with friends, and looking for ways to make the Central American community more visible.
Rafael Burgos-Mirabel, Mentorship Committee Co-chair
Rafael Burgos-Mirabel was born and raised in Puerto Rico. With both trepidation and excitement he arrived in Cambridge in the mid-80s for his undergrad (Romance Languages and Literatures, lived in Wigglesworth Hall and then Lowell House). After graduation, stayed to pursue doctoral work in medieval studies (Iberian history and literature). In the mid-90s he left the program to explore textbook publishing in Spanish language/lit/culture. Now, he's back in school working on a Ph.D. in organizational sociology and history, using those vantage points to examine past, presentnand future organizational possibilities for interdisciplinary knowledge production and training. Since the 1990s, he has been active at the Harvard Gender and Sexuality Caucus SIG.
Bryan Cortez, Mentorship Committee Co-chair
More information on Bryan coming soon . . .
David Tebaldi, Membership Engagement Committee Chair
Dave Tebaldi graduated in 2010 with a concentration in Psychology. Having grown up in a working-class neighborhood in New York, Dave found a passion for first-generation advocacy while at college. After graduation, Dave moved to Chicago to explore different opportunities in business, from marketing to analytics to client management, and ultimately found his way into software development. Currently, Dave works as a Product Manager, leading teams that develop tools to educate and inform users on a number of different health care, insurance, and benefits topics.
Ro King, Communications Commitee Chair
Ro King, Harvard AB ’85 and Darden MBA ’91, is an independent marketing consultant and angel investor. A former business executive and entrepreneur, Ro uses her management skills in the non-profit sector. Ro lived in Jakarta from 2005 – 2009, where she served as chairman of a non-profit devoted to promoting Indonesian culture. Ro has edited twelve publications about Indonesia and proceeds from her work as an editor and photographer benefit Indonesian charities. From 2009-2014, she lived in Switzerland where she graduated from L’Ecole du Vin de Changins with her sommelier certificate. Ro currently lives in Hong Kong with her husband (Martin '86), chairs the Dean’s Global Advisory Committee at Darden, and is trying to save a crumbling National Landmark in Virginia. Ro frequently visits her Dad in Philly where he still tells everyone he meets that she went to Harvard.