About Sylvia Mendoza

Sylvia Mendoza is an advocate for literacy. She promotes the power of the written word through her writing, editing and speaking projects. Her expertise focuses on:


  • Women’s Empowerment
  • The Latino experience
  • Inspiration
  • Motivation
  • Education
  • Diversity
  • Literacy
  • Family and Lifestyle


As a journalist, Sylvia Mendoza is the author of The Book of Latina Women: 150 Vidas (Lives) of Passion, Strength and Success, an important historic perspective on Latino women who have made significant contributions in the arts, politics, science, entertainment, sports, education, and history. The book was selected for the 2007 California Collection for High Schools by the California Readers Association.

As a freelance writer, Sylvia served as parenting columnist for Siempre Mujer magazine. Articles have appeared in Hispanic Outlook, Uptown, OurCity San Diego, Los Angeles Times, San Diego Union-Tribune, Writers’ Journal, San Diego Writers’ Monthly, Decor & Style, Living Better, Kids’ Wall Street News, and Hispanic. Awards for Journalistic Excellence include First Place for Non-Daily Reporting & Writing/Multicultural Stories from the Society of Professional Journalists and First Place, Non-fiction from National Federation of Press Women for The Book of Latina Women.

In fiction, her novel, Serenade, won a prestigious Latino Literary Hall of Fame Award.

A fiction project earned Editor’s Choice Award at the San Diego State Writers’ Conference.

Sylvia earned Certification in Women’s Studies at San Diego State University and in Copyediting from University of California, San Diego.

With two other women, she helped launch a full-service, all-woman-run bilingual public relations agency in Puerto Rico.

In 2011, she launched Mendoza Communications; her editing services help clients develop

  • Non-Fiction Works
  • Manuscripts
  • Web Site Content
  • Articles
  • Newsletters
  • Press Releases
  • Dissertations
  • Corporate Publications
  • Projects of the Heart


Recognized as a 2006 “Woman of Distinction” at California State University, San Marcos for her contributions in promoting awareness of gender issues, she is a featured speaker for the National Women’s History Project and has appeared on C-Span’s Book-TV, the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, Book Expo America, and The Essence of Latinas Tour.

Her workshops and lectures target

  • Women’s/Girls Associations
  • Multicultural Studies Programs
  • Writers
  • Students
  • Business Professionals

She has presented at The Young Writers’ Conference, Southern CA Writers’ Conference, the La Jolla Writers’ Conference, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and various women’s conferences.

Serving on the board of directors for the Society of Professional Journalists and San Diego Professional Editors Network (SD/PEN).

Sylvia is also a member of the San Diego Press Club, Romance Writers of America, and the National Women’s History Project—always believing in the power of the written word.


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