Why I am dedicated to the Latinx MBA Association
I’ve always felt a deep calling to serve and have always found my way back to the non-profit world. As a Latina, service has always been an integral part of my identity, passed down through generations as a cherished value. Understanding the immense value of education as a vehicle for personal and societal advancement, I embraced the pursuit of my MBA as a means to amplify further my ability to serve others. As a first-generation college graduate, I know firsthand the challenge of overcoming systemic barriers. Despite facing adversity on my educational and professional journey, I have realized the importance of paving the way for others, especially in spaces with limited representation of people of color. I hope to inspire others that obtaining an education is attainable. I also hope to help Latinx professionals achieve their highest potential. As a community, we can be a catalyst for change, breaking down barriers and creating opportunities for the Latinx community to thrive.
Brenda Godinez is an HR Director for Camino Health Center, a Federally Qualified Health Center in southern Orange County. She has 10 years of progressive leadership experience in Human Resources, of which 7+ years have been in healthcare/nonprofit. Brenda is also an HR consultant for Adelante Partners Inc., a Los Angeles-based full-service nonprofit and philanthropic consulting firm. She has previously worked for the Port of Long Beach and Rakuten.com. Brenda volunteers as a Board Director for the Latinx MBA Association. She co-chairs the HR Peer Network for the California Primary Care Association, a network of HR professionals in community health. She is passionate about supporting and serving the nonprofit community, helping to advance health equity, and working with various nonprofits to address inequities in marginalized communities.
She is a proud daughter of Mexican immigrants and a first-generation college graduate. She holds an MBA with a concentration in Leadership and Managing Organizational Change from Pepperdine Graziadio School of Business, A Bachelor Degree in Business Administration with an emphasis on Human Resources Management from California State Long Beach, and an Associate Degree in Business Administration from Saddleback College. She currently resides in southern Orange County.