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Advisory Board

  • Delia de la Vara – West Coast VP, National Council of La Raza, NCLR
  • Leo F. Estrada, PhD – Dept. of Urban Planning/Luskin School of Public Affairs – UCLA
  • Erica Bernal Martinez – NALEO Educational Fund
  • Yolie Flores – Former LAUSD Board Member
  • Dan Schnur – Executive Director, Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics
  • Darline Robles – Former LA County Superintendent of Education
  • Margita Thompson – Former Press Secretary to Gov. Schwarzeneggar and First Lady Barbara Bush
  • Mike Madrid – Principal, Grassroots Lab Public Affairs
  • Helen Torres – Executive Director, Hispanas Organized for Political Equality, HOPE
  • Carrie Lopez – CORO Foundation
  • Dave Mora – Retired CA City Manager, ICMA Advisor
  • Val Cuevas – Education Trust-West
  • Diana Ramos, MD. – Professor, Keck USC School of Medicine; Director, LA County Maternal Child Health Dept.
  • Kerman Maddox – Principal, Dakota Communications
  • Kathay Feng – Executive Director, Common Cause California
  • Mike Flores – Government/Public Affairs Consultant
  • Celine Cordero – Vice President, Englander, Knabe & Allen
  • Dennis Hernandez – Attorney at Law
  • Alma Vivien Marquez – Del Sol Group Public Affairs
  • Carlos Vaquerano – Executive Director, Salvadoran American Leadership and Educational Fund

Community Partners

Essential to our efforts to raise the level of professionalism and insert greater accountability and transparency to local government is the role of the area’s influential community organizations – particularly those who are dedicated to working with and in the Latino community.

To that end, the Latino Policy Center is partnering with some of those organizations in this effort. They have agreed to participate at the Policy Forums either in providing subject matter experts for speakers or panelists as well as formally engage with our Members to provide them with community input in their policy development process. This feature is unique to the Latino Policy Center.

In addition, the leadership of some of the influential organizations has been invited to participate with the Latino Policy Center on a deeper level as members of our Advisory Board.

The effort to connect and meet with the leadership of these organizations is in its early stages but we have already secured support from the following groups. We will continue to engage with potential community partners throughout the start-up phase.

  • National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials, (NALEO)
  • National Council of La Raza, (NCLR)
  • Hispanas Organized for Political Equality, (HOPE)
  • The Education Trust-West
  • The Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics
  • Salvadoran American Leadership and Educational Fund, (SALEF)
  • Common Cause California