Latinos For Education Continues to Drive Board Diversity Efforts in Greater Boston 

The Boston-based, national nonprofit enters its fourth year of developing and placing Latino board leaders in educational non-profit boards

LBF 2020 Massachusetts Group Photo

Boston, MA
 (February 7, 2020) – Latinos for Education announced the fourth Boston cohort of its successful Latino Board Fellowship on FridayThe Latino Board Fellowship identifies, trains and places exceptional Latino leaders from across sectors onto governing boards of education nonprofit organizations across the region where leadership is not often reflective of the large Latino student populations they serve. 

The Latinx population across the state of Massachusetts is projected to continue to grow, it is imperative that we continue to bring together Latinx Leaders from a variety of sectors and engage them in the education sector,” said Lorena Lopera, Executive Director for Massachusetts at Latinos for Education. Today, over 21% of all student in Massachusetts public schools identify as Latino but this diversity is not reflected in leadership within the education sector which has led to large opportunity gaps for Latino children in the state. 

Fellows participate in comprehensive training and a rigorous cultivation process through Latinos for Education, which matches each Fellow with aorganization’s governing Board of Directors. They  complete seminars featuring thought-provoking readings and discussions about the state of Latino education, nonprofit governance, and diversity and inclusion. 

Over the past year, Latinos for Education has been heavily invested in developing solutions for attracting and retaining Latino educators in the commonwealth who represent only 3% of teachers statewide.  “The recommendations we’ve laid out are a step in the right direction, but we need strong Latino leaders in decision making roles to advocate for these changes.  The Latino Board Fellowship is a critical piece to a much broader strategy.” 

Selected from a highly competitive group of applicants, this year’s cohort features an exceptional pool of fellows from Healthcare, Philanthropy and Business, among others. 

The full Boston 2020 cohort of the Latino Board Fellowship includes: 

  • Luis BerdejaField Service Manager, Delta Air Lines 
  • Jennifer Carrion, Diversity Recruitment Manager, Morgan Lewis 
  • Eric Esteves, Executive Director, The Lenny Zakim Fund 
  • Daisy Ortega, Director, Health Resources in Action 
  • Carmen Kenrich, VP, Strategic Accounts, Client Experience Executive, Merrit Hawkins 
  • Vicky Rivera, Director of College Counseling, Community Charter School of Cambridge 
  • Carlos Robledo, Principal, FSM Advisors 

To access bios and photos of the 2020 Latino Board Fellows, click here. 

About Latinos for Education:
Latinos for Education is an education non-profit organization focused on developing, placing, and connecting essential Latino talent in the education sector. The organization is mobilizing a network of skilled education leaders to ensure the voice of students and families is not only heard but factored into decision-making in schools, communities and education institutions throughout the U.S. Learn more at: