Serving the Community Since 1965: Empowering Low-Income Latino Families in Oakland.

Founded in 1965, the Spanish Speaking Citizens' Foundation (SSCF) was established to serve the needs of low-income Latino families and individuals in Oakland, California. SSCF's mission is to provide East Bay families with the ability to improve their lives, preserve their culture, and develop as community leaders by providing educational enrichment services and promoting civic responsibility. Our vision is to advance the sustainability of a vibrant community where people live in harmony and where there are high-quality educational, recreational and employment opportunities for all.

Our Values:


We promote a spirit of personal responsibility to foster civic engagement for social justice and lifelong education.

Care and Respect

We are rooted in love for our community. SSCF is a hospitable and welcoming place that represents respect, compassion and care.


We care for our community members by taking an interest in their lives and guiding them to reach their full potential.

Pioneering Spirit

We bravely take initiative and risk, embracing entrepreneurial ideas in the face of new challenges.


We are a committed staff willing to do the impossible.


We operate according to the highest ethical standards.

Our Services:

Youth Services

We empower youth to become leaders with academic success.

Immigration & Citizenship

Citizenship and immigration services for families and youth.

Community Events

Services provided to improve and support local communities.

Our Team:

LIBRE Program:

Alexander Gutierrez

Youth Program Leader

Karla Buenrostro

Youth Program Leader

Joshua García

Youth Program Leader

Jordan Hernandez

Youth Program Leader

David Gallegos

Youth Program Leader

Walter Maldonado

Youth Program Leader


Christopher Nery Martínez

Executive Director

Maria Gaxiola

Programs Assistant/Admin. Coordinator

Gina Malan

Projects Specialist


Antonia Falla

Immigration Specialist

Alyssa Simpson, Esq.

Immigration Attorney

Ricardo Beyloune

Program/Legal Assistant

Meet the Board of Directors:

Ramon Rodriguez

Civil Supervisor (retired).

Board Member Since 1974.

Francisco Vera

Criminal Defense Attorney.

Board Member Since 2016.

Robert Schutt

Commercial Banking (retired).

Board Member Since 2011.

Kitty Kelly Epstein

Education Professor.

Board Member Since 2012.

Ken Maxey

Director, Government Affairs.

Board Member Since 2012.

Victoria Martin

PMD Counselor.

Board Member Since 2005.