NLCI Elects New Leadership, Affirms Mission to Focus Nation’s Attention on Latino Children

NLCI_logo_clearBackgroundWASHINGTON, DC—The National Latino Children’s Institute’s (NLCI), whose mission is to focus the nation’s attention on the contributions and challenges facing young Latinos, announced today five newly elected board of directors.

New members include:

  • Rebecca Maria Barrera, Director, Hispanic Initiatives, Scholastic, San Antonio, Texas.
  • Teresita E. Aguilar, Ph.D, Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs, New Mexico Highlands University, Las Vegas, New Mexico
  • Anna Luisa Cody, Senior Manager, External Affairs, Outreach & Community Engagement, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, Alexandria, VA
  • Elianne Ramos, Principal and CEO, Speak Communications, Baltimore, Md.
  • Dalia Almanza-Smith, Associate Publisher/Business Development Lead, Latino Magazine, Washington, DC

Members will join veteran board members:

Rita Jaramillo, MPA, MRJ Smart Solutions LLC, Washington, DC, Board Chair

Olga Aros, ORA Worldwide Consultants, Phoenix, Arizona, Vice Chair

Arjelia “Argie” Gomez, Chicanos Por La Causa, Inc., Phoenix, Arizona, Secretary/Treasurer

Mary L. de Leon Siantz, Betty Irene School of Nursing, University of California Davis Health System, California


Olivia V. Meza, Retired, Arizona

Latino children’s agenda top of mind in new strategic priorities
“We are pleased to have such a diverse, distinguished and dedicated group of Latino leaders leading NLCI in the work of highlighting successes and addressing barriers faced by young Latinos,” said Rita Jaramillo, Board Chair. “Young Latinos play a leading role in the future of our country; but they need to be ready . . . they need opportunities, and we are here to support those efforts.”



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