Charo Valero

Charo Valero

State Policy Director

Charo Valero is the Florida Latina Advocacy Network (LAN) State Policy Director at the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health.  The State Policy Director supports NLIRH’s Florida state policy agenda to protect the reproductive health and rights of Latinas and to support the development and execution of our advocacy and organizing strategies state-wide.

Charo was born and raised in Panama City, Panama.   Charo has called Miami home for the past 11 years. She holds a Masters in Business Administration from Nova Southeastern University and is currently pursuing a Masters in Religious Studies at Florida International University. In every one of her undertakings, Charo strives to build community and empower other women, queer folks, and folks of color to be leaders.

Prior to her role at NLIRH, Charo was the Field Director at SAVE where her main focus was to educate and mobilize the community to advocate for LGBTQ justice at the local, state and national level. Charo has also worked in the private sector in operations, accounting and finance.

When not at work, Charo is an organizer lead and one of the founders of LadyFest Miami, a volunteer-led, community-funded, women-focused festival focused on art, music, and educational workshops and discussions. Charo is a graduate of the New Leaders Council 2015 Miami chapter, Curriculum Director for the 2016 New Leaders Council Institute, and serves on the Executive Team for 2017. She is also a board member of Engage Miami, a local organization committed to increasing youth engagement and voter turnout.

Charo is a proud queer Latina feminist.