Staff

Staff

Ann Marie Benitez Senior Director of Government Relations annmarie@latinainstitute.org

Ann Marie serves as the Senior Director of Government Relations at the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, where she is responsible for NLIRH’s Washington, D.C. office and oversees all the government relations and policy advocacy work.  

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Bethany Van Kampen Senior Policy Analyst bethany@latinainstitute.org

Bethany Van Kampen serves as the Senior Policy Analyst  at the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health where she is responsible for the abortion access and affordability portfolio. Bethany leads the federal policy work and supports the needs of the Latina Advocacy Networks (LANs) on issues related to abortion access and affordability.

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Charo Valero State Policy Director charo@latinainstitute.org

Charo Valero serves as the Florida State Policy Director for the  Florida Latina Advocacy Network of the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health. Born and raised in Panama City, Panama, Charo is a proud immigrant and queer Latina feminist who strives to build the community and inspire and empower other women, queer folks, and folks of color. ​

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Dalissa Vargas Director of Development dalissa@latinainstitute.org
Dalissa Vargas

Dalissa Vargas serves as the Director of Development for the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health in our Washington D.C. office. She is responsible for NLIRH’s fundraising efforts with foundations, individuals, and corporations throughout the U.S., as well as with board members and other stakeholders.

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Debbie Linares Operations Assistant debbie@latinainstitute.org

Debbie serves as the Operations Assistant at the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health in the New York office, where she provides administrative and accounting support under the direction of the Operations Manager and Senior Director of Operations and Finance.

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Dian Alarcon Florida Latina Advocacy Network Field Coordinator dian@latinainstitute.org

Dian Alarcón serves as a Florida Field Organizer, where she organizes to raise the voices of Latinas in Florida for policy change at all levels of government on issues that impact their lives, women’s health care and other social justice issues.

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Dinorah Martinez Education Manager dinorah@latinainstitute.org

Dinorah Martinez serves as the Education Manager  for the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, where she is responsible for building the base of activists willing to take action on issues, developing community leadership, building relationships with key local, state and national stakeholders, and advancing civic engagement strategies.

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Elianne Ramos Directora Principal de Comunicaciones y Asuntos Públicos elianne@latinainstitute.org

Elianne serves as the Senior Director of Communications and Public Affairs at the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health where she leads the development and implementation of communications strategies to build Latina power for reproductive health and justice.

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Elizabeth Estrada New York Field and Advocacy Manager elizabeth@latinainstitute.org

Elizabeth Estrada serves as the Civic Engagement Manager at the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health. Previously, she served as a National Field Coordinator and Florida Field Organizer at NLIRH, where she organized to raise the voices of Latinas in Florida for policy change at all levels of government on issues that impact their lives, women’s health care and other social justice issues

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Elizabeth Vega Director of Human Resources elizabeth.vega@latinainstitute.org

Elizabeth Vega serves as the Director of Human Resources at the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health where she is responsible for planning, directing and coordinating all of NLIRH’s Human Resources functions.​

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Genesis Sanchez Administrative Assistant to the Community Mobilization genesis@latinainstitute.org

Genesis Sanchez serves as the Administrative Assistant to the Community Mobilization Teams in DC, FL, NY,TX, and VA. She provides general administrative, organizational, and office management duties in addition to program planning and implementation.​

Genesis is a graduate of Columbia University where she majored in Ethnic Studies with a focus on Latinx Studies. Outside of work, Genesis organizes with The WomanHOOD Project, a Bronx-based mentorship collective run by women of color for young women of color.

 
 
 
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Ivie Lamboy Operations Manager ivie@latinainstitute.org

Ivie Lamboy serves as the Operations Manager for the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, and is responsible for managing and overseeing all the operational needs for NLIRH. She has over 15 years of for-profit and not-for-profit experience.

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Janny Llanos Communications Research Associate janny@latinainstitute.org

Janny Llanos joins the Public Affairs/Communications team of the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health as a Communications Research Associate.

She collaborates with the Senior Director of Communications and the Public Affairs Associate to achieve NLIRH’s strategic communications goals by leveraging traditional media, assisting with social media strategy and execution and engaging with our online communities.  Janny is a doctoral candidate in Anthropology at the CUNY Graduate Center.  

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Jessica González-Rojas Executive Director jessica@latinainstitute.org

Jessica González-Rojas is the Executive Director at the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, the only national reproductive justice organization that specifically works to advance reproductive health, rights and justice for the 28 million Latinas in the United States. She has been a leader in progressive movements for over 15 years.  Jessica is successfully forging connections between reproductive health, gender, immigration, LGBTQ liberation, labor and Latino civil rights, breaking down barriers between movements and building a strong Latina grassroots presence.

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Juana Lopez Hirsch Executive Assistant juana@latinainstitute.org

Juana Lopez-Hirsch serves as the Executive Assistant, working with both the executive director and deputy director.  She is responsible for variety of high level administrative tasks from meeting logistics, expense reporting/approval, to budget preparation. Juana liaises with board of directors on behalf of the Executive Director and provides support to the senior management team at NLIRH.

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Karina Garcia Associate Director of Education karina@latinainstitute.org

Karina Garcia serves as the Associate Director of Education for the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health in the New York office. Karina is responsible for developing and implementing best practices for adult learning to create curricular resources that build leadership and organizing capacity of local activists, particularly within our Latina Advocacy Networks (LANs), and forward the mission of NLIRH in building Latina Power.

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Katherine Schaller Operations Associate Katherine@latinainstitute.org

Katherine serves as the Operations Associate at the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health in the Washington, D.C. office, and is responsible for coordinating all administrative and programmatic needs for the Washington, D.C. office.

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Kristen Stehling Associate Director of Development kristen@latinainstitute.org

Kristen Stehling serves as the Associate Director of Development  for NLIRH in our Washington D.C. office. She will be responsible for all grant program functions including grant research, grant writing, reporting and compliance.  Kristen has over five years of experience fundraising for social justice advocacy. Previously, she served as Manager of Institutional Giving for Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC, overseeing the organization's grant portfolio and supporting the organization's corporate and private foundation relationships.

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Lucy Ceballos Félix Associate Director of Field and Advocacy lucy@latinainstitute.org

Lucy Ceballos Félix serves as the Associate Director of Field and Advocacy, Texas Latina Advocacy Network where she is responsible for building the base of activists willing to take action on issues, developing community leadership, building relationships with key local, state and national stakeholders, and advancing civic engagement strategies.

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Margie Del Castillo Director of Field and Advocacy margie@latinainstitute.org

Margie Del Castillo serves as the Director of Field and Advocacy  for the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, where she is responsible for building the base of activists willing to take action on issues, developing community leadership, building relationships with key local, state and national stakeholders, and advancing civic engagement strategies.

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Melissa Garcia Senior Director of Operations and Finance Melissa@latinainstitute.org

Melissa Garcia serves as the Senior Director of Operations and Finance at the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health where she is responsible for operations, compliance, human resources and financial integrity as NLIRH continues to expand nationally.​

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Nancy Cardenas Associate Director for State Policy and Advocacy, Texas Latina Advocacy Network Nancy@latinainstitute.org

Nancy Cardenas is the Texas LAN Associate Director for State Policy and Advocacy at the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health (NLIRH). As the Associate Director for State Policy and Advocacy, Nancy’s work focuses on the development and execution of NLIRH’s advocacy and organizing strategies state-wide.  Specifically, Nancy’s work focuses on the protection of reproductive health and rights of Latinas, specifically the Rio Grande Valley, and the Texas state policy agenda recognizing the intersection of immigration and reproductive healthcare. ​

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Nasir Massaiq Senior Accountant Nasir@LatinaInstitute.org

Nasir is the Senior Accountant working in our Operations and Finance Team out of the NY office. Nasir brings over a decade of operational experience in both non-profit and private/public accounting sectors. Before joining the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, Nasir served as a Senior Accountant at International Education and Resource Network (iEARN), a global education organization, that provides various pathways to educators and students through programs funded by the State Department and private grants.

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Nina Esperanza Serrianne Policy Analyst nina@latinainstitute.org

Nina Esperanza Serrianne serves as the Policy Analyst for the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health in Washington, DC. Prior to her role at NLIRH, she served as a Women’s Congressional Policy Institute (WCPI) legislative fellow for the office of Congresswoman Jackie Speier (CA-14), where she worked on issues of reproductive justice, gender equity, and gender-based violence on the local, state, and national levels. In 2015, Nina published her book, America in the Nineties, with Syracuse University Press.

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Paula Saldana Field Coordinator for the Texas RAL paula@latinainstitute.org

Paula Saldana serves as a Field Coordinator for Texas RAL.  She works with her team to organize the Latino women and men to raise their voices in Texas. Paula has many years of experience in community/political organizing, and a commitment to reproductive health and rights and/or social justice issues. She is an active member of the South Texas Promotora Association. She is also a Leader with the Latina National Institute, Red de Abogacía.

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Rebecca Helberg Development Specialist rebecca@latinainstitute.org

Rebecca Helberg serves as the Development Specialist for NLIRH in the Washington, Dc office where she is responsible for managing the daily functions of the individual giving program and providing support for foundation fundraising.  Before joining the NLIRH team, Rebecca was the Development Associate at Families USA, a health care advocacy organization, where she helped re-launch their small and major gifts program. Rebecca started her career in direct service at a job training center in Anacostia where she did case management and job coaching for low income adults.

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Samantha Herrera Field Coordinator for the Texas RAL samantha@latinainstitute.org

Samantha Herrera serves as a Field Coordinator for the Texas RAL.   In her role, Samantha organizes to raise the voices of Latinas in Texas on issues that impact their lives, women’s health care and other social justice issues through grassroots advocacy.  Samantha is a resident of the Rio Grande Valley in Texas. Samantha is also a recipient of the Sargent Shriver Youth Warriors Against Poverty  Award.

 
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Stephanie Castro Digital Media Associate scastro@latinainstitute.org

Stephanie Castro serves as the Digital Media Associate at the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health in the Washington, D.C. Public Affairs office, where she curates the digital presence and digital engagement activities of NLIRH. Stephanie is a broadcast journalist with a degree from CUNY Brooklyn College. She was born and raised in Long Island, New York to a Colombian mother and Chilean father and is a dual citizen of the United States and Colombia. Previously, Stephanie has worked for Planned Parenthood and the United Nations.

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Steven Toledo Deputy Director Steven@latinainstitute.org
Steven Toledo

Steven Toledo joins the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health as the Deputy Director in the New York office, where he is responsible for supervising the Senior Director of Community Engagement, Managing Director of Government Relations and Public affairs, Director of Development, and Director of Operations and Finance.  Steven brings with him more than a decade of work experience forwarding social justice initiatives on multiple fronts, including sexual health, immigrant rights, LGBT rights and education reform.

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Wilmarie Ríos Jaime Senior Public Affairs & Communications Associate Wilmarie@latinainstitute.org

Wilmarie serves as the Senior Public Affairs & Communications Associate Associate at the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health in the Washington, D.C. Public Affairs office, where she serves as a content developer for NLIRH in producing varied and integrated communications products.

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Yesenia Chavez Policy Analyst yesenia@latinainstitute.org
Yesenia is a Policy Analyst at the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, leading on immigrant women’s health and rights issues. She is a liaison with congressional offices on these issues and supports NLIRH Latina Advocacy Network’s state policy work.
 
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Santana Moreno Grants Management Specialist santana@latinainstitute.org

Santana Moreno serves as the Grants Management Specialist.  As the Grants Management Specialist, Santana is responsible for performing all grant program functions including grant writing, reporting, and compliance. As a queer person of color, Santana has a personally-invested passion for elevating the voices of the disenfranchised, particularly those in intersectional communities. Santana is excited to integrate his experience in grants and institutional giving with his commitment to social justice.

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Fellows

Sawyeh Esmaili If/When/How Reproductive Justice Fellow sawyeh@latinainstitute.org

Sawyeh graduated from the University of Miami School of Law in May 2017.  During law school, Sawyeh interned with Planned Parenthood Global’s Latin America Regional Office and the Florida Justice Institute, a non-profit firm that focuses on prisoners’ rights, disability rights, and housing discrimination cases.  She participated in Miami Law’s Immigration Clinic and later interned in the Miami-Dade Public Defender’s Office.

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