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El Pueblo is a nonprofit organization based in Raleigh, NC, specializing in leadership development for both youth and adults among Wake County’s growing Latinx community.


who is el pueblo?

Our Vision

We envision a just society that values equity, dignity, and respect of all people.

Our Mission

To build collective power through leadership development, organizing, and direct action so that the Latin American community and other marginalized communities control our own stories and destinies.

Our Values

Advocacy by bringing forward the voices of NC Latinos to pursue a collective advancement of social justice and political power through civic engagement, leadership development, community organizing and partnerships with allies and policy-makers.

Leadership development that is inclusive, intergenerational and participatory; El Pueblo values activities that create spaces for mutual education and empowerment by building upon the experiences of both educators and learners and providing leadership opportunities for youth and adults.

Cultural celebration and exchange that promotes pride and appreciation.

Community by recognizing and supporting the rights, strengths, and experiences of the Latino community; seeking appreciation, connection and ownership; and ensuring that our community’s voice is respected and represented at all levels.
Service with the Latino community, rather than “for” the Latino community.  El Pueblo works through participatory programs, alongside volunteerism, and collaborating with partnership.

Collaboration with community members, other organizations, allies and government leaders across North Carolina, and, collaboration within El Pueblo that reaches across divisions to unify resources with diverse partners.

Social justice that respects the inherent worth, dignity, and rights of all; social justice that addresses the root causes of social problems such as the need for and access to personal and public safety; social justice that gives people access to education at all levels, to quality health services, to economic opportunity and to employment with benefits.

Transparency to community, partners, and funders in all respects through clear communication and fiscal and programmatic accountability.

Code of Conduct

To uphold our mission, vision, and values, we ask all members of the El Pueblo community to sign our Code of Conduct. Click here to download a copy of the Code of Conduct.


Meet Our Team

Our Staff

Alexandra Maria Landeros, Finance Director & Co-Director of Operations

Bryanna Garcia, Policy Organizer 

Elke Weil, Development and Special Projects Manager

Eloy Tupayachi, Digital Strategy and Content Manager

Florence Siman, Director of Development & Co-Director of Operations

Helen Galeas, Civic Engagement Organizer

Iliana Santillan, Executive Director

Karina Neyra, Director of Community Investment & Services

Keren Flores-Sosa, Operations Coordinator

Maria Fernanda Najera-Aguilar (Maryfer), Community Investment Coordinator

Maria Lopez Gonzalez, Deputy Director

Melissa Cervantes, Digital Organizer

Mónica L. Drasal-Hinton, Community Investment Manager

Nicole Lopez Vargas, Youth Organizer

Veronica Aguilar, Communications Director

Our Board

Amalia Mercedes Restucha-Klem, J.D.; Board Advisor

Carolina Izaguirre

Felicia Arriaga; Board Chair

Maria del Carmen Sanchez

Marta Perrupato; Treasurer

Nayeli Garcia

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