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

Brenda Ramirez

President, 2016 – 2018

Adjunct Librarian
Chaffey College
REFORMA member since: 2006

Brenda earned her BA and teaching credential from CSULB and taught elementary school before pursuing her MLIS from San José State University. Currently she is the proud Supervising Librarian of Children’s Services and a two-time winner of “Employee of the Quarter” for Placentia Library District. She has previously served as OC REFORMA Chapter’s Secretary and Vice President/President Elect. When not reading mysteries or biographies Brenda enjoys cooking, socializing with family and friends, and dancing.

Saidy Valdez

Vice President, 2016-2018/President-elect, 2018-2020

Assistant Librarian
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 an Assistant Librarian and Youth Workforce Program Coordinator at the Santa Ana Public Library, where she has coordinated the Seeds to Trees Workforce Innovation Opportunity grant program for the past three years. She received her MLIS from San José State University in 2018.

Susan Luévano

Secretary, 2016-2018

Anthropology, Ethnic, Women and Gender Studies Librarian
California State University Long Beach
REFORMA member since: 1975

Born and raised in Santa Ana, CA, Susan Luévano received her MLS from the University of Oregon. Susan has been an academic librarian at both the community college and 4 year comprehensive university level for over 40 years in California and Texas. Since 1995, she has been the Anthropology, Ethnic, Women’s and Gender Studies Librarian at California State University Long Beach. In 2009, Susan was selected as national REFORMA’s Librarian of the Year. She continues to be a proud and active member of the Orange County Chapter of REFORMA.

Al Milo

Treasurer, 2014-2016

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, 2016-2018

Immediate Past President, OC REFORMA (2014-2016)
National REFORMA Executive Board – California Chapters Representative
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.