The 2016 NCLR Latino Vote Fellows program is a leadership initiative that seeks to include more Latino voters in the civic process.
Fellows will work with NCLR to increase Latino voter engagement through nonpartisan registration and get-out-the-vote efforts. They will serve as sources of information and action between the Latino community, Affiliates, and NCLR.
Select a photo below to find out more about each Fellow and their work.
|Rosa Delmy Alvayero||Elizabeth Bille||Ann Blaker|
|Adelante Project Director||Manager, Legislative||Executive Director|
|Latin American Youth Center||and Advocacy Affairs||Bienestar|
|Maryland||AltaMed Health Services||Oregon|
|Veronica Dahlberg||Petra Falcon||Miguel Figueras|
|Executive Director||Executive Director||Youth Program Coordinator|
|HOLA Ohio||Promise Arizona||El Pueblo, Inc.|
|Willy Gloria||Leni Gonzalez||Rick Olmos|
|NCLR AmeriCorps||Virginia Coalition||Director of Communications|
|Program Director||for Latino Organizations||Asociación Puertorriqueños|
|Alejandra Quezada||Michael Toledo||Martin Torres|
|Communications Director||Executive Director||Associate Director of Policy|
|El Concilio||Centro Hispano Daniel Torres Inc.||Latino Policy Forum|
Rosa Delmy Alvayero serves as the Adelante Project Director for the Maryland Multicultural Youth Centers (MMYC), a division of the Latin American Youth Center, a youth development organization serving minority and immigrant youth by providing comprehensive, culturally-sensitive programs in education, employment, and social services. As the Adelante Program Director, Ms. Alvayero works with staff to build community, family, and individual assets as a mechanism for preventing youth risk behavior. Adelante is based on a Positive Youth Development (PYD) theoretical framework and adapted to an immigrant community context.
Elizabeth Bille is the Manager of Legislative & Advocacy Affairs at AltaMed Health Services. She is involved in the coordination of legislative, advocacy, and civic engagement activities as well as the analysis of public policy. Elizabeth is a graduate of the University of Houston and holds a bachelor of arts in Political Science and History.
Elizabeth was elected Vice President of the Sun Valley Area Neighborhood Council for the City of Los Angeles. The council promotes increased public civic participation to make government more responsive to neighborhood needs.
Ann Blaker began work as Bienestar’s Executive Director in January 2015, and has worked in nonprofit management for over 30 years. Her nonprofit experience includes serving on the staff of small and large nonprofits, as well as serving as a member of the Board of Directors of several Oregon nonprofits. Her areas of expertise include health and housing.
Veronica Isabel Dahlberg was born in Ohio, the daughter of Mexican and Hungarian immigrants. She has been an advocate in northeast Ohio’s Latino immigrant community for over 20 years. She is the founder and executive director of HOLA Ohio, an independent grassroots organization that works to empower Latinos through community organizing, leadership development, civic engagement, and advocacy.
Petra Falcon is the Founding Executive Director of Promise Arizona (PAZ), a membership organization whose mission is to recruit, train, and support a new generation of leaders from across the state. Prior to PAZ, Petra served as the Southwest Regional Director for the Reform Immigration for America campaign and oversaw state directors, district directors, grassroots organizers, consultants, and hundreds of volunteers across the Southwest.
She helped to pioneer a new model of youth organizing through “Movement Building” trainings that have dramatically expanded youth participation in public life. Since 2010, Promise Arizona has registered over 54,000 new voters and catapulted thousands of leaders across the state and country.
Petra is a member of the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM) Executive Committee, New American Leaders Project National Advisory Board, and a member of the Arizona Advocacy Network C-4 Board of Directors.
- The New Yorker: Promise Arizona and the power of the Latino vote
Originally from Santiago, Cuba, Miguel "Mike" Figueras left his home country in 1970. He spent 11 years working with at-risk students as an academic adviser for Miami Dade County Public School's Outreach program. For the past six years he has lived in Raleigh, North Carolina, where he has worked with El Pueblo's gang prevention program AGAPE (Adolescent Gang Awareness & Prevention thru Education) and started service clubs at 12 high schools in Wake County. He is currently the Youth Program Coordinator at El Pueblo.
He has previously served as Project Coordinator for Youth and Families with Promise Program (YFP) at North Carolina State University. Mike’s goal is to help students succeed. To him, they are not just the leaders of tomorrow, but the leaders of today.
Willy oversees the National Council of La Raza AmeriCorps Program at MAAC, where he engages adults in intensive community service work. He has been recognized nationally as AmeriCorps Member of the Year and recently as AmeriCorps Director of the Year. He holds a bachelor of arts in Communications from Point Loma Nazarene University.
With his passion for interacting with people in the community he is an asset in the line of civic engagement and advocacy. He serves as a board member at the Jackie Robinson YMCA and assists the boys’ basketball team at his alma mater, Sweetwater High School.
Virginia Coalition for Latino Organizations
Leni Gonzalez is the President of the Board of Directors of the Shirlington Employment and Education Center in Arlington, Virginia. She is a founding member of the Virginia Coalition for Latino Organizations and the Chair of the Steering Committee of the Virginia Coalition for Immigrant Rights.
Rick Olmos has worked in the public relations and marketing field for over 16 years. Prior to joining Asociación Puertorriqueños en Marcha (APM), Olmos served as Director of Communications for E3 Alliance. There he won two Addy Awards while working for the Art Museum of South Texas and Friend of the Arts award from his volunteer work at Wynn Seale Academy of Fine Arts. Mr. Olmos holds a bachelor of arts in Communications in the fields of Technical Theatre and Public Relations from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.
Alejandra Quezada has lived in the United States for the past 11 years as is currently Communications Director of the California-San Joaquin region at El Concilio. Alejandra has always worked closely with the Latino community in education and civic engagement.
Centro Hispano Daniel Torres Inc.
Michael Toledo is the Executive Director of the Centro Hispano Daniel Torres Inc. in Reading, Pennsylvania and joined the NCLR Board of Directors in 2016. Michael’s commitment to the community in which he lives, works, and raises his family is evident in his community engagement.
Michael is a member of the 2015 inaugural class of the Presidential Leadership Scholars program, a partnership designed for leaders who share a commitment to solving society’s greatest challenges. From 2013 to 2015, Michael served as the Pennsylvania state lead for NCLR Affiliates in advocacy work on Capitol Hill focused on providing the Latino perspective on issues including education, the federal budget, and workforce development.
Martin Torres directs the Latino Policy Forum’s legislative and administrative advocacy with a focus on early childhood education, immigrant integration, and state fiscal policy. In carrying out his responsibilities, Martin regularly convenes Latino service providers, civic leaders, and other stakeholders to develop and promote a common policy agenda. His contributions to the Forum’s policy analysis, coalition building, and implementation strategies have raised the visibility and engagement of Latinos in state government. Martin holds a bachelor of arts in Political Science from the University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign and an MPP from the Irving B. Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago.