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.

Meet our Team

Staff

  • Alexandra Maria Landeros, Finance Director
  • Bryanna Garcia, Policy Organizer 
  • Eloy Tupayachi, Digital Strategy and Content Manager
  • Florence Siman, Director of Programs
  • Iliana Santillan, Executive Director
  • Karina Neyra, Community Relations Director
  • Luis Lozano, Digital Coordinator
  • Maria Fernanda Najera-Aguilar (Marifer), Community Organizer
  • Mario Alfaro, Policy Manager
  • Melissa Cervantes, Digital Organizer
  • Mónica L. Drasal-Hinton, Program Manager
  • Nicole Lopez Vargas, Community Organizer
  • Veronica Aguilar, Communications Director

Board

  • Amalia Mercedes Restucha-Klem, J.D.; Board Advisor
  • Carolina Izaguirre
  • Felicia Arriaga; Board Chair
  • Maria del Carmen Sanchez
  • Marta Perrupato; Treasurer
  • Nayeli Garcia