Dinorah Olmos has more than 30 years of professional experience in the public, private and non-profit sectors. This experience includes working at international, national, state and local levels with education, and community leaders across the United States.
She was born and raised in Cholula, Puebla, Mexico, and moved to California in 1982. Dinorah worked at different academic programs such as the Elementary Partnership Program, Migrant Scholars Program, College Readiness, and Pre-Collegiate Academic Program. She excelled coordinating educational conferences, such as the College Making it Happen conference that brought together representatives from five universities.
In 1991, as a single parent with two children and working full-time, she returned to school to obtain her bachelor’s degree.
In 1995, she founded the Latino American Club of the Central Valley, a non-profit organization and acted as its president for three years. In 1996, She was selected as a participant in the “Women As Leaders” academic seminar in Washington, DC, where women leaders from around the nation gathered to be honored.
During that same year, she graduated from California State University, Fresno with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Communication/Journalism, with an emphasis in Public Relations. Years later; she received her Master’s of Arts Degree in Leadership and Organizational Development with an emphasis in Cross-Cultural Communication from Fresno Pacific University. Furthermore, Dinorah earned a post-graduate certificate on Leadership for Schools, Families and Community Collaboration at Johns Hopkins University.
For 14 years, Olmos worked as Assistant Director for National and International Recruitment at the Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth (CTY). She identified and recruited gifted and talented students around the world. In 2007, acting as the site director, Ms. Olmos was instrumental in the opening of two new international sites in Mexico.
Dinorah is the founding president and executive director of the Latino Education Advancement Fund (LEAF).
Dinorah is married to Javier von Westphalen-Peña, a marketing expert who is the President and CEO of Emergent Element, a Strategy and Marketing Consultancy. She has two children, Lizette (age 42) and Gregory (age 34).