OC Reforma’s Mission:

Improve library and information services for Southern California’s Latino and Spanish-speaking Communities.

We are the Orange County Chapter of REFORMA, the National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking. Nationally, REFORMA is committed to the improvement of the full spectrum of library and information services for the more than 40 million Spanish-speaking and Latino people in the U.S.

 2016-2018 REFORMA OC Chapter Officers


Saidy Valdez

President, 2018-2020

Santa Ana Public Library
REFORMA member since: 2014

Saidy Valdez received her BA in Radio-TV-Film from Cal State Fullerton and interned for the Santa Ana Unified School District Public Information Office. She is a Librarian at the Santa Ana Public Library for the Technology and Support Department. She received her MLIS from San José State University in 2018.

Beatriz Preciado

Vice President, 2018-2020 | President-elect, 2020-2022

Programs Coordinator
OC Public Libraries
REFORMA member since: 2010

Beatriz Preciado is the Programs Coordinator at OC Public Libraries. In her current role she is responsible for the development and implementation of various system-wide programming activities and grants. She earned her MLIS from San Jose State University and has a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Communications from California State University, Fullerton. Beatriz was the previous Adult Services Librarian at the La Habra Library.

Guadalupe Gomez

Secretary, 2018-2020

Library Services Manager
Anaheim Public Library
REFORMA member since: 1995

Guadalupe has been working in public libraries for over 25 years in reference services, programming, grant writing, and library management. Positions she has held include, Reference Librarian with the Chula Vista Public Library, Assistant Library Director with the National City Public Library, and currently Library Services Manager with the Anaheim Public Library where she oversees Haskett Library and Ponderosa Joint-Use Library.  One of her greatest professional satisfactions is to witness the difference library professionals make in the lives of those they serve.  In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, going to festivals, and spending time with her family.

Al Milo

Treasurer, 2018-2020

Library Director (Retired)
Fullerton Public Library (Retired)
REFORMA member since: 1976

Al has been an integral part of both National REFORMA and OC REFORMA. He has served as a past-president of National REFORMA, newsletter editor, RNC I Committee Chair, and RNC IV Registration Committee Chair. He is a founding member of the OC Chapter of REFORMA and has served as chapter president, chapter treasurer for, and committee chair for the META steering committee. Al was also the recipient of the Dr. Arnulfo Trejo Librarian of the Year (LOTY) award in 1995.

David López

Historian, 2018-2020

National REFORMA Executive Board – California Chapters Representative, 2017-2019
National REFORMA PR Committee Chair 2016-2018

Senior Librarian
Santa Ana Public Library
REFORMA member since: 2009

After receiving his BA from Chapman University, David went on to pursue his MFA from UC Riverside while he worked part-time at the library in which he practically grew up. Immediately following his MFA, David entered the MLIS program at San José State University while working in both school and public libraries. David currently works as a Senior Librarian at Santa Ana Public Library and as an adjunct Instruction/Reference Librarian at Santa Ana College. He has earned numerous awards recognizing his work in libraries including the I Love My Librarian Award in 2014 presented by the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the New York Times, and the American Library Association. He was named one of the 100 Most Influential people in Orange County in 2014 by the Orange County Register, recipient of REFORMA’s Librarian of the Year Award (LOTY) in 2017, and one of Library Journal’s Movers & Shakers for 2018.

REFORMA is a non-profit organization incorporated under the laws of the District of Columbia and is classified as a 501 (c)3 organization by the Internal Revenue Code. New members of all backgrounds and communities are always welcome.

Core Objectives:

  • Development of Spanish language and Latino Oriented Library Collections
  • Recruitment of bilingual, multicultural library personnel
  • Promote and encourage public awareness of libraries and librarianship to the Latino Community
  • Work as liaison for the latino community to other professional organizations.