Latina Leaders of Kern County was founded by Linda Quioñones -Vaughn in 1998, after Linda recognized the growing need for an organization focusing on Kern County Latinas and their contribution to greater Kern County. Kern County was rich with non-profits, but no organization prior to the creation of Latina Leaders of Kern County looked at the special needs and contributions Latinas bring to the community table. The organization was created with a deep understanding of the historical importance that Latinos have played in development of the Central Valley and the significant, yet sometimes silent role Latinas have played in the development of this history. Latinas are one of the fastest growing segments of the population. Latinas represent over 40% of all new businesses being started. The success of the Latina represents the success and health of the community as a whole. Latina Leaders is committed to the development and empowerment of Latinas, and the Kern County community.
It is the mission of Latina Leaders of Kern County to foster leadership, identify and develop opportunities for Latinas, and to influence key issues affecting our community. We are passionate about continuously looking for opportunities that develop and support Latina Leadership. It is our philosophy to be committed, open minded, and inclusive. Latina Leaders of Kern County is “Building a Stronger Community, One Leader at a Time.”