Mission Language and Vocational School, Inc. (MLVS) is a private, non-profit community education center located in San Francisco’s Mission District. MLVS provides job skills training in Healthcare, Hospitality, and Office Skills, as well as classes in English (ESL and business communications), computers, and math FREE to qualifying low-income individuals, primarily Latino and other underserved, unemployed and working-poor immigrants and their families in the San Francisco Bay Area. Programs are also available to anyone for a lower than average tuition! MLVS has been a recognized leader and innovator in the field of Vocational English as a Second Language (VESL) and an expert in job skills training for nearly 50 years.


MISSION MLVS’ mission is to improve the socio-economic condition of limited or non-English speaking, low and moderate-income Latinos and other underserved families in San Francisco and the Bay Area through job-specific language and vocational training programs and the creation of economic development initiatives. Support services such as career counseling, job placement assistance, and referral services are an integral part of MLVS’ programs. MLVS strives to empower underserved populations and improve the community through social, economic and educational advancements.


Mission Language and Vocational School believes in achievement through education. Students can best achieve the optimum outcomes for their lives: well-paying jobs, stable and productive relationships in their communities, through education and training that makes them capable and confident. The Board of Directors also emphasizes the importance of instructing students in their rights and responsibilities as citizens and instilling a sense of community. The staff and faculty of MLVS are committed to providing quality programs leading to the betterment of our students’ lives and futures.


MLVS has been in continuous operation for the past 48 years and is well-known and respected in the community. The concept of MLVS was established in 1962 by Mexican laborers who were members of the Construction Laborer’s Union Local 261. Realizing the need for education and job training, they established the “Centro Social Obrero,” which in 1968 formed the Mission Language and Vocational School (MLVS). After incorporation in 1971, the school was able to purchase the facility at 2929 19th Street and expand its instructional programs. Formerly the site of the Pelton Water Wheel Company, the 35,072-square-foot building today houses twenty classrooms, a testing unit, administrative offices, a state of the art language lab/media center, fully equipped computer and office simulation classrooms, a multi-purpose student center, and the Florida Street Catering Services, a flourishing catering operation that serves clientele both off-site and on-site in our spacious hall/banquet facility. Today, MLVS is a recognized leader and innovator in the field of Vocational English as a Second Language and an expert in job-skills training.




Mr. Abel Gonzalez arrived from Mexico at the age of 23, with only two hundred dollars in his pocket, and a belief that San Francisco was “a magical place where anyone could start again.” He believed that education was a key ingredient for immigrant communities. As a rank-and-file member of the Laborer’s Local Union 261, he pursued his vision of equal education for immigrants and took on a leadership role, unifying his fellow workers by founding the Central Social Obrero, later Mission Language and Vocational School, Inc. (MLVS). Central Social Obrero, an organization of immigrant workers, became a local voice in the labor community and the San Francisco Latino community at large.


ROSARIO ANAYA 910/7/44 – 8/5/150, MLVS Executive Director, 1973 – 2015

Originally from Cochabamba, Bolivia, Ms. Anaya received a B.A. in Public Administration and a Master’s in Counseling and Psychology from the University of San Francisco and was also a graduate of UCLA Anderson School of Business. Since 1973, she served as the Executive Director of Mission Language and Vocational School, Inc. (MLVS). From its inception, MLVS has served over 25,000 students who have made contributions in virtually all sectors of society and business.
In 2001, Ms. Anaya was voted on to the Board of Directors for The Greenlining Institute and served on the Board of Pacific News Service / New America Media until 2015, as well as a long-standing Board Member for Paradigm Productions. She was a former Vice President and member of the San Francisco Redevelopment Commission, appointed Commissioner in 2010 by then Mayor Gavin Newsom. Previously in her political career, Rosario was appointed to the San Francisco Board of Education by late Mayor George Moscone, and in citywide elections, she was elected to 4-year terms in 1978, 1982, and 1986. She also served twice as School Board President and was the first Latin American woman elected to public office in the City’s history.
Ms. Anaya served on several boards and committees throughout her career and was the recipient of many awards, notably the Order of Francisco de Miranda Medallion from the President of the Republic of Venezuela, and in 2012, the OHTLI Award from the Mexican government. Some of the other distinguished awards that she received were from the Volunteers of America Bay Area, Inc., the Greenlining Institute, the San Francisco Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Californians for Solar and Clean Energy, Hispanic Women Making History, and the Latino Heritage Month Education award. Posthumously, she was awarded the Dolores Huerta Lifetime Achievement award, and inducted in the NEN Hall of Fame.


On August 20, 2016, the building which houses Mission Language and Vocational School at 19th Street between Florida and Alabama Streets in the Mission District of San Francisco, was dedicated and named The Rosario Anaya Education Center / El Centro Educacional de Rosario Anaya, honoring longtime MLVS Executive Director and education advocate, Ms. Rosario Anaya.

Mr. Abel Gonzalez, Founder & Executive Director (1968-1973)
Ms. Rosario Anaya, Executive Director (1973-2015)
Mr. Daniel Brajkovich, Executive Director (2015-2016)


Mrs. Tracy Brown
Board of Directors, Chair

Ms. Esther Casco
Board of Directors, Vice-Chair

Hon. Michael Menesini
Board of Directors, Treasurer

Ms. Menée Soliz Hill
Board of Directors, Secretary

Ms. Luz Cisneros
Board of Directors

Mr. Salvatore Ruiz
Board of Directors,

Ms. Eva Royale
Board of Directors

Mr. Raymond Sloan
Board of Directors,
former Chairman

Executive Director

Mr. Anthony Fazio
former Board of Dircetors,
and Chairman of the Board


Ms. Brenda Hernandez
Exec.GM Manager/HR/

Exec.Director Asst. 
(415) 622-5432 ext.2006

Ms. Rosamunda Maria Ayala
Education and Programs Director 

(415) 622-5345

Mrs. Itala Portal
Student Services Coordinator

(415) 622-5432 ext.2005

Mrs. Gloria L. Cervano

Education and Programs Assistant 

(415) 622-5312 ext.2011




Chef Raul Garcia-Antolín
Culinary Director


Ms. Elsy Tadeo

Employment Specialist / Coordinator
(415) 622-5244


Mrs. Edith Cabrera
Case Manager
(415) 622-5432 ext.2009

Mr. Alfredo Rodriguez


Mr. Benny Mayor

Building Manager



Mission Language and Vocational School does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, age, physical challenge, national origin, ethnic background, creed, sexual orientation or religion in employing school personnel, or in granting admission to the school, or in offering its students counseling, training, or placement opportunities, or in any other of its programs or activities.

Mission Language and Vocational School, Inc. (MLVS), is a private institution and is granted institutional approval to operate by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education pursuant to the California Education Code, Sections 94909(a)(2) and 94897(l). The Bureau’s approval means that the institution and its operation comply with the standards established under the law for occupational instruction by private postsecondary educational institutions. Institutional approval must be obtained every five years and is subject to continuing review. In accordance with Education code §94802(c), this institution was previously approved to operate its courses and programs by the former Bureau for Private Postsecondary and Vocational Education prior to 2006, therefore, this institution has been granted an approval to operate until 2012. In January 2012, this institution submitted an application for re-approval to operate with the newly designated Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education and has been granted approval until April 2021.