Staff

Staff

Alejandra Pablos Espriu Virginia Latina Advocacy Network Field Coordinator Alejandra@latinainstitute.org

Alejandra serves as the Virginia Latina Advocacy Network (VA LAN) Field Coordinator, where she organizes to raise the voices of Latinas in Virginia 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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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 Policy Analyst bethany@latinainstitute.org

Bethany Van Kampen serves as the 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 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.

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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 at the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, 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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Diana Lugo-Martinez Senior Director of Community Engagement Programs diana@latinainstitute.org

Diana Lugo-Martinez serves as the Senior Director of Community Engagement Programs for the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health in our New York office.  Diana is responsible for managing Community Engagement Programs, including on-the-ground Community Mobilization work as well as building a national network of organizational partners and special initiatives related to civic engagement and activism.

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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 Senior Director of Communications and Public Affairs 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.   Elianne has years of experience serving in roles that include public relations, media campaigns, strategy development, creative direction, copywriting, public speaking, and TV commercial production.

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Elizabeth Estrada Civic Engagement 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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Genesis Sanchez Administrative Assistant to the Community Mobilization genesis@latinainstitute.org

Genesis Sanchez se desempeña como Asistente Administrativa para los equipos de movilización comunitaria en Washington, D.C., la Florida, Nueva York, Texas y Virginia. Genesis realiza labores administrativas generales, organizacionales y de oficina además de planificación e implementación de programas.

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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 at the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, 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 Grants Management Specialist kristen@latinainstitute.org

Kristen Stehling serves as the Senior Foundations Officer 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 Texas LAN Field and Advocacy Manager lucy@latinainstitute.org

Lucy Ceballos Félix serves as the Senior Texas Field Coordinator 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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Margie Del Castillo Associate Director of Community Mobilization margie@latinainstitute.org

Margie Del Castillo serves as the Associate Director of Community Mobilization 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 Texas LAN Associate Director for State Policy and Advocacy 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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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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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 Public Affairs Associate Wilmarie@latinainstitute.org
Wilmarie serves as the Public Affairs 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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Fellows

Maria Angelica Ramirez Florida Latina Advocacy Network (FL LAN) Fellow maria@latinainstitute.org

Maria Angelica Ramirez serves as the Florida Latina Advocacy Network (FL LAN) Fellow, where she empowers her community through grassroots organizing and civic engagement.

With a strong sense of solidarity towards various causes that affect her community, Maria Angelica has participated local South Florida activism for the past four years. Today, her focus is on the issues of Reproductive and Language Justice. Passionate towards human connection and collective healing, Maria Angelica brings her skillsets and wholeheartedness to NLIRH.

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