Guadalupe (Lupe) Sosa
Guadalupe Q. Sosa was elected to the Austin Community College District Board of Trustees Place 6 in May 2010, where she served as Secretary of the Board from 2012-2014. She is currently one of three members whose term ends on Election Day, November 8, 2016.
She strongly believes that education is the key to a better life and community. For this reason, she is currently seeking election to the unexpired two year term vacated by Board Trustee Allen Kaplan, who is stepping down. She is determined to help ACC stay strong and flexible, and be a dependable resource that provides accessible and affordable education for anyone who wants a brighter future.
Sosa has a long history of community involvement beginning in San Antonio, where she volunteered with the 4-C (Coordinated Child Care Council) and the Council of Governments. Since moving to Austin in the early 1970s, she has been active in South Austin civic affairs. She was founder and president of the Southwood Neighborhood Association, where she led efforts to open an ACC campus in South Austin. She also served four years on the formative Community Advisory Committee for ACC’s South Austin Campus from, 2002 to 2006, when the campus opened its doors. She later served on the South Austin Campus Advisory Committee, which assists the campus-based master planning process.
Sosa served on the board of directors for the South Austin Civic Club in 2007 and 2008, and has been involved with Toastmasters International for many years, serving as area governor twice and club officer multiple times. She organized the South Austin Toastmasters Club to serve students at the ACC South Austin Campus.
In recognition of her decades of community service, former Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell declared Lupe Sosa Day on June 9, 2009, in the City of Austin. She has also been recognized by Texas Rep. Eddie Rodriguez in July 2009, the South Austin Democrats in 2008, and received the Emma S. Barrientos Lifetime Achievement Award from the Capital Area Progressive Democrats in 2015.
Before retiring in 2000, Sosa was an accountant, auditor, and contracts and program manager with the State of Texas. Prior to that, she worked for the Council of Governments Aging Programs based in Victoria and Austin, Texas.
Sosa was awarded a bachelor’s degree in sociology and bilingual education from Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio. She also completed additional education coursework at the University of Houston-Victoria Campus. After moving to Austin, she enrolled in ACC, where she studied accounting and business administration. Ms. Sosa has six children, 21 grandchildren, and 30 great-grandchildren.
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