Latinos for Education launches third local cohort to develop and retain Latinx education leaders 

ALLF Boston 2019 Group Photo

BOSTON, MA, September 27, 2019 — Twenty-four Latinx education leaders were selected to join the third cohort of the Aspiring Latino Leaders Fellowship in Boston. Created by Latinos for Education, the fellowship is a yearlong program designed to increase self-efficacy around critical leadership competencies and support Latinx leaders to expand their sphere of influence in education.  

The fellowship activates the leadership and voice of Fellows by drawing on their shared experiences during professional development sessions. Together, Fellows examine the local education ecosystem from a macro level, hone skills to communicate with influence, and work with others to address real-world problems of practice.  

“At Latinos for Education, we are creating opportunities for Latinx leaders to stay informed about the most important education issues across the Commonwealth and develop skills to advocate in the best interest of Latinx students and families,” says Lorena Lopera, Executive Director of Latinos for Education in Massachusetts. “Fellows sharpen foundational skills to bring back to their organizations as well as walk away with a support network as they pursue their unique paths toward becoming more effective education leaders.” 

Through this fellowship, Latinos for Education is inspiring and developing a diverse community of Latinx leaders committed to remaining in education. Alumni from previous cohorts of the Aspiring Latino Leaders Fellowship continue to pursue leadership opportunities since completing the fellowship, including joining education boards, moving into senior leadership roles, and pursuing graduate opportunities in education.  

The third Boston cohort of the Aspiring Latino Leaders Fellowship began on September 20th with a weekend-long retreat. The retreat provided a space for reflection with a room of Latinx leaders, which was rare for many of the Fellows who were unaware this kind of professional experience could exist.  

Fellows will participate in monthly professional development sessions through May 2020.   

The 2019 cohort of the Boston – Aspiring Latino Leaders Fellowship includes:  

  • Ariana Aparicio AguilarDiversity and Inclusion AssociateHarvard Graduate School of Education 
  • Cesar Batista, 7th Grade ELA Teacher, UP Academy Leonard  
  • Vicky Brito, Director of Curriculum and Instruction and AP Spanish Teacher, Brooke Charter School 
  • Katie Caster, Teacher, Boston Public Schools 
  • Ramiro Flores Turrubiates, Associate, District Management Group 
  • Emelyn Guevara, Associate Director for High School Programs, Trinity Boston Connects 
  • Christopher Hernandez, Director of Corporate Programming, Jumpstart 
  • Daisy Hidalgo, Paralegal, Boston College Legal Services LAB 
  • Leslie Jimenez, Full-time Student, Harvard Graduate School of Education  
  • Natasha Lopez, Manager of College Counseling and Programs, Boston Public Schools 
  • David Martinez, Outreach Director, Educators for Excellence  
  • Katheryne Martinez, Associate for College Access & Success, La Vida Scholars 
  • Gisella Mendizabal, Training and Access Consultant, Boston Children’s Hospital 
  • Juan Mendoza, Manager of Teacher Leadership Development, Teach For America 
  • Yvette Meza-Vega, Teacher and DEI Coordinator, Excel Academy Charter High School 
  • Victoria Paulino, Navigator-Boston, EdNavigator 
  • Leslie Peralta, GEAR UP Program Coordinator, Lawrence Public Schools  
  • Kathleen Portillo, Access Team Manager, Bottom Line  
  • Carlos Quintanilla, Vice President of Coaching and Mentoring, ALPFA 
  • Dallana Raymundo, Implementation Manager, AdmitHub 
  • Ainsley Robles, Director of Teacher Support, OneGoal 
  • Lizbeth Rodriguez, Student Support Coordinator, Nativity School of Worcester 
  • Dianyvet Serrano, Middle School Art Teacher, Academy of the Pacific Rim 
  • Mariangely Solis Cervera, Partnerships Manager, Transforming Education  

To access bios and photos of the 2019 cohort of the Boston – Aspiring Latino Leaders Fellowshipclick here.  


About Latinos for Education: 
Latinos for Education is mobilizing a network of skilled Latino education leaders, who make sure the voice of Latino students and families is not only heard but also factored into decision-making in schools, communities and education institutions throughout the U.S. Our Aspiring Latino Leaders Fellowship and Latino Board Fellowship programs accelerate the careers of Latino professionals while providing them with the training, connections and support they need to succeed and create change. We’re also ensuring Latino education professionals have access to job and professional development opportunities across the country through our members-only Talent Hub. With more Latinos in positions of influence, Latino children are more likely to achieve their full potential in the classroom and in life. For more information visit: