Michelle Aguilera is from Yuma, Arizona. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology and Mexican American Studies from the University of Arizona, and a Master's of Art's degree in the program Language, Reading, and Culture with a focus on early literacy and pedagogy. She is currently a Ph.D. student in the University of Arizona College of Education in the Language, Reading, and Culture program working on Language policy and Education. She is a 2012 graduate of the Hispanic Leadership Institute, a Summer Research Institute Scholar, and a Peter Likins Fellow. She has worked in the past with La Zona de Promesa researching ways to combat generational poverty by collaborating with parents, social organizations, private businesses and education advocates. Michelle’s work has always dealt with education and education policy concerning Latino children. She is a published author with a piece in the Journal of Race, Ethnicity, and Education. She coauthored a qualitative paper about the affects of state politics and policies on language for Latino students in high school. She served as coach for the organization Public Achievement in Flagstaff, Arizona and has volunteered her time with both Save Ethnic Studies and Mi Familia Vota in Tucson, Arizona.
Carolina Luque Rodriguez
Carolina Luque Rodriguez is from Sinaloa Mexico. She is a graduate of Cholla High Magnet School (TUSD) where she participated in the Mexican American Studies program. Carolina began her college career at Pima Community College, from where she transferred to the University of Arizona and has since gone on to earn a Master of Arts from the Center for the Study of Higher Education. She is a strong advocate for educational equity for all students, including undocumented students seeking access to higher education. She has vast experience working in early k-12 education outreach both at the University of Arizona (past) and Arizona State University (present), with a strong emphasis in building the college knowledge of parents. Carolina serves on the Executive Board of ScholarshipsA-Z where she supports the organization's mission of providing resources to immigrant students and their families. Carolina is also a proud alum of the New American Leaders Project Ready to Lead training. Carolina is committed to helping her community following the idea that as we pull ourselves up with one hand, we must use the other hand to pull others up with us.
Jennifer joined the League of Conservation Voters in April 2013 to develop a program aimed at building the voice and leadership Latino families and leaders in the fight against climate change. With grassroots community organizing programs operating in Arizona, Nevada, Colorado, New Mexico and Maryland, the program has become one of the largest national efforts focused on Latino communities. For more than a decade, Jennifer was the founding Executive Director of the Border Action Network, then Arizona's largest immigrant and border community organization, where she developed successful state and national policy campaigns that were led by immigrant families. Jennifer's prior experience includes economic and community development work with indigenous and rural communities throughout the southwest. She is an appointee to citizen advisory committees for the City of Tucson where she lives with her family. She has authored numerous reports and academic articles. She is a graduate of the University of Colorado in Boulder, CO.
Eva Carrillo Dong
Eva Carrillo Dong has worked in public service much of her life, and is currently the superintendent of the Pima Accomodation School District. She supervises the CAPE educational program at the Pima County Juvenile Detention Center and the Pima County Adult Detention Center, and has worked as a vocational rehabilitation counselor with the Department of Economic Services. Eva has a Bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education from the University of Arizona, a Master’s degree in Edcuational Leadership from Northern Arziona University and a Superintendent Certificate from the University of Phoenix. Eva is a Sunnyside Unified School District’s Governing Board Member, and is currently serving as Pima County Democratic Party Vice-Chair.
Manuel Guzman is an 7th generation Arizonan, originally from the rural community of Superior. He moved to Tucson in 1998 while attending the University of Arizona for Religious Studies and a minor in Business Administration and Spanish. He has over 20 years of experience working with grassroots efforts in community mobilization, Xican@ culture preservation, and youth empowerment; serving as Chairperson of the City of Tucson's Human Relations Commission and Co-Chair of the Arizona César E. Chávez Holiday Coalition. Manny enjoys DJing parties, listening to live mariachi music and snuggling with his basset hound.
Courtney Frogge is a 5th generation Arizonan, born in Tucson. After earning her Masters in Science from the London School of Oriental and African Studies in Violence, Conflict, and Development, she returned home to Tucson to care for her Grandmother. Instead of pursuing a career in conflict mediation, she has spent nearly the last 10 years building coalitions to achieve incremental and meaningful change for Arizonans. Currently, she is the Southern Arizona Director for the Center for Neighborhood Leadership. Courtney has worked on Federal, State, and Local campaigns; previously served as Political Director for Arizona List. Courtney is passionate about Arizona and Las Adelitas because she wants to ensure future and current families receive the same opportunities afforded to her and those who have come before her.
Gabriela Valdez was born and raised in Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico and moved to Tucson to attend her last years of high school. She received a Ph.D. in International Education & Global Perspectives from The University of Arizona, a Master’s degree in Education with a focus in Human Development from Northern Arizona University, and a Master’s of Arts in Language, Literature & Culture in the Hispanic World from Universidad de Alcalá de Henares. Gabriela has had the opportunity to work in the field of education, both k-12 and higher education, for the last 9 years in the United States, Mexico, Spain and the Dominican Republic. She currently serves as Programs & Services Coordinator at the Consortium for North American Higher Education Collaboration (CONAHEC). Previous to her current position, she was an International Program Coordinator and Academic Advisor at the Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona. Aside from serving as a board member for Las Adelitas, Gabriela also serves as a board member for the Council of International Higher Education and has participated in different task forces including the internationalization Task Force for the American Educational Research Association Higher Education Division and University of Arizona’s International Students Task Force. Gabriela’s dissertation centered on perceptions about classroom exclusion from Chinese international students studying in the U.S. and her research interest focuses on comparative and international higher education.
Alejandra Pablos is the Virginia Field Coordinator for the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, where she organizes to uplift the voices of Latinas at all levels of government on issues that impact their lives, women's health care, immigration reform, and other social justice issues. Alejandra has been and activist and organizer for the past 3 years, working with communities of color that are under-served and under-represented in her community. First and foremost, Alejandra has been an advocate for immigration reform and mass incarceration. In 2013, after personally dealing with our broken immigration system, Alejandra vowed to join the fight that will reform our criminal justice and immigration system.She was also involved with the YWCA in Southern Arizona, teaching under the Latina Leadership Initiative. Alejandra worked closely there with the Program Manager where she co-developed a curriculum that would empower immigrant women to organize in their communities around issues that impact them through various skill sharing. Alejandra has a passion for building leaders at a very young age and understands the importance of self-education and leadership . She was a Co-Chair for the League of United Latin American Citizens of Arizona(LULAC) 27th Annual Youth Leadership Conference planning committee, where she created workshops on political/civic engagement. Alejandra is currently pursuing her Master in Public Administration.
Laura Enriquez is a Tucson native who attended University of Arizona. Her lifelong interest in Democratic politics became a profession while interning for the special election of Congressman Ron Barber. After serving as the Statewide Field Director for the pro-choice democratic committee Arizona List, she led the outreach efforts for the successful re-elections of State Representative Victoria Steele and Tucson City Council Member Regina Romero.