Mission

Our mission is to develop, place and connect essential Latino leaders in the education sector. We are building an ecosystem of Latino advocates by infusing Latino talent into positions of influence.

We believe that Latino leaders should be at the forefront of creating an equitable education for Latino students. Latinos for Education prepares nuestra comunidad to break down barriers to educational opportunity for the next generation of Latino students.

What We BELIEVE

We believe that education provides opportunities for students to decide their destiny.

Our Team

AMANDA FERNÁNDEZ, CEO/FOUNDER
DR. DANIEL VELASCO, CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER
DR. FELIZA ORTIZ-LICON, CHIEF POLICY AND ADVOCACY OFFICER
ADRIANA SOLIS-LOPEZ, CHIEF DEVELOPMENT OFFICER
R.D. LEYVA, CHIEF OF STAFF
SAMANTHA ADER, DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS
LORENA LOPERA, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF NEW ENGLAND
ANDY CANALES, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF TEXAS
ELVIS JOCOL LARA, NATIONAL DIRECTOR OF MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS
RICK RODRIGUEZ, DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL PROGRAMS
SANDRA ROGRIGUEZ, ADVOCACY DIRECTOR, GREATER HOUSTON
MANNY CRUZ, MASSACHUSETTS ADVOCACY DIRECTOR
CARLA RIVERA-CRUZ, DIRECTOR OF ALUMNI AND NETWORK ENGAGEMENT
RAFAEL REYES ORONA, MANAGER OF OPERATIONS
ARMANDO X. ORDUÑA, Ed.D., MANAGING DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMS AND PARTNERSHIPS, HOUSTON
JESSICA HUIZENGA, MANAGING DIRECTOR, NEW ENGLAND
CIRO VALIENTE, MARKETING MANAGER
CLAUDIA RUIZ, SITE COORDINATOR OF GREATER HOUSTON
VICTORIA TORRES, ADVOCACY ORGANIZER, MASSACHUSETTS
KATIE CASTER, MANAGER OF CURRICULUM AND EVALUATION

Board of directors

TINA FERNÁNDEZ

Executive Director, Achieve Atlanta

Frances Messano

President, New Schools Venture Fund

LANDON MASCAREÑAZ

Vice president of community partnership, the Colorado education initiative

Karen Maldonado

Director of education reform, Financial oversight & Management board for Puerto rico

SUSAN VALVERDE

CHIEF OF Operations, Sylvan Learning

ADVISORY Board

veronica palmer

Co-founder/CEO, RISE Colorado

tom castro

CEO, El Dorado Capital

SENIOR Facilitator, Public Narrative

Nancy Gutierrez

President and CEO, The leadership academy

Karen Maldonado

Director of education reform, Financial oversight & Management board for Puerto rico

Katiusca Moreno

Vice President of Internal Learning & Innovation, Teach For America

Latinos

FOR

Education

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