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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.

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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

Moisés Serrano
Moisés Serrano
Political Director
Moisés Serrano is an openly undocumented and queer activist and storyteller. Since coming out as undocumented in 2010, he has
Rubén Hernández Suárez
Rubén Hernández Suárez
Likes to Be Called: Rubén Organization: El Pueblo Preferred Gender Pronouns: he/him/his Heritage: Mexico, Oaxaca, Guerrero, Afro-Latino Occupation: early childhood
Pedro Marin
Pedro Marin
Likes to Be Called: Peter Organization: Independent Artist Preferred Gender Pronouns: he/him/his Heritage: Mexicano, City Occupation: Artist, Educator El Pueblo
Lariza Garzon
Lariza Garzon
Likes to Be Called: Lariza Organization: Immigrant and Worker Rights Advocate Preferred Gender Pronouns: she/her Heritage: Latina Occupation: Community education
Johana Espinoza
Johana Espinoza
Likes to Be Called: Johana Organization: Duke Clinical Research Institute Preferred Gender Pronouns: she/her/hers Heritage: Latina, Honduran Occupation: clinical research
Carla Mena
Carla Mena
Full Name: Carla Mena Likes to Be Called: Carla Organization: Duke Center for Health Policy & Inequality Research, Duke Global
Diana Urlaub
Diana Urlaub
Full Name: Diana Urlaub Likes to Be Called: Diana Organization: UNC Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health Preferred
Brenda Lopez
Brenda Lopez
Full Name: Brenda Susana Perez Lopez Likes to Be Called: Brenda Organization: El Pueblo & Angeles Latinas (Meredith College) Preferred
Mercedes Restucha-Klem
Mercedes Restucha-Klem
Full Name: Amalia Mercedes Restucha-Klem Likes to Be Called: Mercedes Organization: NC Department of Justice Preferred Gender Pronouns: she/her/hers Heritage:
Tavon Bridges
Tavon Bridges
Full Name: Tavon Curtis Bridges Likes to Be Called: Tay-Tay Organization: Youth Organizing Institute Preferred Gender Pronouns: he/him/his Heritage: born
Angeline Echeverría
Angeline Echeverría
Executive Director
Angeline's parents are from Cuba, though she grew up between upstate New York and South Carolina.  Angeline first lived in
Cecilia Saloni
Cecilia Saloni
Operations Manager
Cecilia Saloni is an architect born in Caracas, Venezuela. Since she earned her Master's studies in Technological Development and Construction
Florence M. Simán
Florence M. Simán
Program Director
(pronouns: she/her/hers) Originally from El Salvador, Florence’s family moved to North Carolina because of the political situation in their home
Mary Jose Espinoza
Mary Jose Espinoza
Civic Engagement Organizer
Mary Jose (pronouns: she/her/ella) joins the El Pueblo team after over 7 years of working as an organizer in Charlotte,
Miguel Figueras
Miguel Figueras
Youth Program Coordinator
Originally from Santiago, Cuba, Miguel "Mike" Figueras (pronouns: he/him/his) left his home country with his family in 1970 because of

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