Dulce Torres-Petty is the Senior Program Manager at Oakland Promise
Dulce Torres-Petty grew up in Mexico City surrounded by a very close, loving, and supportive family. Her grandparents were central figures in her life growing up and their work as rural teachers, during the Rural Education Movement in the 1930’s in Mexico, was a major influence
for her. Her grandparents' fight for social justice and for providing access to education in indigenous communities is what inspires Dulce in her career path.
She migrated from Mexico to the United States in 2006. Ever since she entered the workforce as a volunteer in the Adult Education Program in Mixteca Organization, Inc., she knew that she had to dedicate her professional life to support other people and families to attain their educational goals. She has extensive experience working in non-profit organizations in Brooklyn, New York and now in Oakland, California, her new home. While life was different in many ways between the two coasts, Dulce was able to see that there were many connections in the ways social and institutional inequities affected the lives of people of color.
Dulce currently works as the Brilliant Baby Program Coordinator for the Oakland Promise, where she’s committed to empowering families to pursue their dreams and aspirations for their babies by offering a supportive community, financial support, and early investments in their education. From her last role as a Program Supervisor at Tandem, Partners in Early Learning, Dulce had the opportunity to develop a family engagement program with a train the trainer model to support families in developing young children’s early learning skills. Dulce is a proud alumnus of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) where she obtained her BA in Education. In her spare time, she loves hanging out with her husband and son, attending Ballet Folklorico classes, and Salsa on Thursdays. She is also a self-proclaimed Mezcal “connoisseur” and is planning to launch a Mezcaleria in Oakland.