Leticia Corona

Central California Regional Lead Advisor

Leticia Corona was appointed by Governor Newsom to serve as the first Central California Regional Lead Advisor at the California Office of Small Business Advocate (CalOSBA) within the Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development. Corona leads strategy development for CalOSBA’s ecosystem-building work, access to capital, and innovation and is creating a model that will be replicated across California. Before joining CalOSBA, Leticia was a Global Development and Population Fellow at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, where she created and managed a multi-million-dollar grantmaking portfolio focused on young people of color-led advocacy and policy organizations in the United States; and applying principles around Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) in Hewlett Foundation’s international grantmaking. Leticia has worked alongside organic small-scale coffee producers, small businesses, social entrepreneurs, and indigenous women's cooperatives in Mexico on business models that enhance earning power while maintaining environmental sustainability. Leticia received a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley, where she double majored in Chicano Studies and Anthropology. She also received a master’s degree in International Relations from the University of San Diego.