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Welcome To El Pueblo

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

El Pueblo envisions a just and equal community where all are respected, valued, and engaged.

El Pueblo’s mission is for Latinos to achieve positive social change by building consciousness, capacity, and community action.

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.

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

Dulce Esperanza Castillo
Dulce Esperanza Castillo
Community Organizer
William Saenz
William Saenz
Communications Coordinator
Mónica L. Drasal Hinton
Mónica L. Drasal Hinton
P.A.R.E Project Coordinator
Miguel Figueras
Miguel Figueras
Youth Program Coordinator
Michelle Bermeo Betancourt
Michelle Bermeo Betancourt
Development Coordinator
Mary Jose Espinoza
Mary Jose Espinoza
Civic Engagement Organizer
Jorge Luis Ramos
Jorge Luis Ramos
Program Coordinator
Florence M. Simán
Florence M. Simán
Health Program Director
Cecilia Saloni
Cecilia Saloni
Operations Manager
Angeline Echeverría
Angeline Echeverría
Executive Director