Message from the Director

Welcome to UNAM Los Angeles. It is with great pleasure that I share with you our commitment to honor the greatness of UNAM, its history and its educational mission.


This chapter constitutes a center of excellence that establishes the academic, scientific and cultural bonds between Mexico and the United States. Our English and Spanish courses, together with our programs, aim to promote, enrich and transform in a positive way the life and thought of both nations.


I invite you to be a part of this family and to participate in all our courses and activities.


Paula de Gortari

UNAM Los Angeles​

Paula de Gortari, Director

Paula de Gortari obtained her B.S. in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering with a concentration on Industrial Engineering at UNAM. She was awarded the Gabino Barreda medal for the highest average of her generation and graduated with honors. She has continued her education with a great number of specialization courses, such as the Project Management Certificate from UC Irvine.


Paula has worked in several managing positions, both in Mexico and in the United States, and has collaborated with institutions such as the Mexican National Science and Technology Council (Conacyt), Bancomext, the APPI Corporation and The Learning Trust. She spent four years at our sister branch UNAM San Antonio, where she successfully managed the Cultural Projects and Academic Extension. After working with UNAM Los Angeles for over a year, she was appointed as Director for this institution.

Alfredo Fernández, Administrative Delegate

Alfredo Fernández obtained a degree in Accounting at UNAM. He currently serves as Administrative Delegate at UNAM Los Angeles, where he supports the administrative functions that ensure compliance with the fiscal and accounting requirements established by Mexico and the United States. Alfredo enjoys his work because, in addition to the work mentioned, he has the opportunity to get involved in academic and cultural activities.

Fernando Pérez Rodríguez, Spanish Coordinator

Fernando studied a Bachelor's degree in Hispanic Literature and Spanish Language, as well as a Master's degree in Applied Linguistics at UNAM. After working as a journalist and in the publishing sector, he began teaching Spanish as a second language in 2007 at the Center for Foreign Students at UNAM. Currently, he coordinates the Spanish programs at UNAM Los Angeles and teaches courses on Spanish teacher training at the LICEL and the DIPELE. Spanish syntax and morphology, as well as psycholinguistics, are topics which he is particularly interested in.

Alejandra Vega, Assistant to Director

Alejandra Vega holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communication and Media Studies from the Autonomous University of Guadalajara and she earned a Certificate in Journalism with Concentration in Media Studies at UCLA Extension. She has collaborated on various publications in Mexico, such as the newspaper Ocho Columnas and the magazine Revista Política, focusing on topics of art, culture and social issues. Alejandra is interested in creative writing and the dissemination of culture and education. She is currently pursuing a master's degree in Hispanic and Latin American Literature at the University of Barcelona and collaborates as assistant to the director and in the communication department of UNAM Los Angeles.

Isela Hoenigmann, Designer

Isela Hoenigmann is a Mexican graphic designer resident of LA for 12 years. Passionate about art, design, culture and the fascinating world of communication, she has a wide experience designing in both Mexico and the US. She has found congruence with her values dedicating her work to people and organizations that help develop the community. Currently, utterly excited to be able to be part of the team of the extension in LA of her alma-mater.

Isela Hoenigmann has a BA in Graphic Design and Visual Communication from the Arts and Design College of UNAM in Mexico City. She is fueled by interesting color palettes, California Sunsets and coffee.

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