Leticia learned about La Cocina in her last week of college when she read an article about "El Huarache Loco" in The New York Times. She studied Anthropology at Harvard (agricultural poverty and its effects on women in China and India). She also completed the first year of culinary training at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris and worked on the line at Jeffrey's Restaurant in Austin, Texas.

        Since joining La Cocina, Leticia has been named one of San Francisco's Tastemakers by 7×7 Magazine and was named a Yoshiyama Young Entrepreneur by the Hitachi Foundation for her work on the social entrepreneurship. As Programs and Development Manager, Leticia oversees the Mobile Foods project and the Business Incubator.

       Leticia brings a passion for the kitchen to La Cocina and a true belief in the power of small food-base businesses in transforming people's lives.