The Orinda Association Welcomes Eloise Sotelo to the Board

(Sally Hogarty, Photographer)
Eloise Sotelo looks forward to participating in the many facets of The Orinda Association even if it means some time away from her dog Oliver.

    With a graduate degree in psychology, a career in social services and a history of volunteer work, Eloise Sotelo is The Orinda Association’s newest board member.
    Born and raised in Los Angeles, Sotelo volunteered for several years at the Woman’s Opportunity Center at UC Irvine, where she was a graduate student. The center provides classes, career counseling and job search skill training to women reentering the workforce.
    Following graduation, Sotelo moved to the Bay Area where she worked for Contra Costa County Social Services in Children and Family Services, Aging and Adult services.
    A relatively new resident, Sotelo and her husband, Marke Estis, a retired county counsel for Contra Costa County, moved from Berkeley to Orinda in September 2021.
    “We were seeking a beautiful, quiet, woodsy area to live,” Sotelo said. “We found the perfect house high on a hill in the Orinda Oaks area. Orinda and our home have exceeded our expectations.”
    Sotelo said she joined The Orinda Association to give back to her community. In addition to being a new board member, she has taken on the office of secretary for The OA.
    Now retired, Sotelo expanded her community endeavors and joined the Orinda Juniors Women’s Club. She also enjoys master’s swim at Walnut Creek’s Bay Club, reformer Pilates, weight training and hiking.
    Going to concerts, interior design and travel are among her many interests, but top on the list of priorities is caring for and playing with her four-year-old yorkie, Oliver.

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