Advocacy & Professional Experience
Human Rights Campaign, Director of Faith Outreach & Training
2017 – 2019, Washington, D.C.
Created and implemented strategic plan for HRC’s Religion & Faith Program’s community engagement strategy
Collaborated with Executive VP for HRC’s Foundation to create budget, work plan and C4 engagement
Facilitated trainings, retreats and strategic sessions at the intersection of faith and LGBT issues throughout the United States and America Latina
Built secular and faith partnerships in the United States and globally within LGBT communities so that organizing campaigns and efforts can be more inclusive of faith leaders
Continued implementing duties under the Latinx & Catholic Initiatives program
Human Rights Campaign, Director of Latinx & Catholic Initiatives
2014 - 2017, Washington, D.C.
Recruited local, regional and national faith leaders as facilitators for “A la Familia”, a facilitated dialogue curriculum at the intersections of Faith, sexual orientation, gender identity, ethnicity and family, across the United States.
Implemented the A la Familia train-the-trainer curriculum for Latinx leaders of faith (both clergy and lay leaders
Created, developed and produced the award winning short film “Before God, We Are All Family” a documentary about Latinx Faith families and their LGBTQ children, winner of the Audience Award at Ethnografilm Festival, Paris, 2013 and others
Represented HRC as spokesperson --including Spanish speaking media—for issues related to LGBT Latinx & faith issues across the country
Developed network of Catholic lay leaders to speak out as LGBT supporters in the media and in their local congregations and communities
Developed and executed mobilization plan for Pope Francis’ United States visit to Washington DC
Participated in planning and the founding of the Global Network of LGBT Catholics an organization engaging at both the local and global levels around LGBTQ Catholic inclusion
Led organization wide communications strategy in response to religious stances around LGBT people within the media including responses to the Catholic Church, the Later-Day Saints Church and the Evangelical movements nationally and globally
Worked with activists in Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras, Chile, Argentina, Paraguay, Peru and Colombia to amplify voices of faith around LGBTQ support and legislative recognition
Co-founded and led the POC Employee Resource Group
Elected Senior Steward for SEIU 1199
A La Familia, Co-Founder and Training Director
2007 - 2014, Washington, D.C.
A project of the Human Rights Campaign, The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and Unid@s
Developed curriculum to train Latinx leaders of faith to facilitate a conversation about faith, sexual orientation and gender identity.
Facilitated trainings on faith and LGBT issues in Latinx communities throughout the country.
Served as spokesperson on issues of Latinx LGBT faith issues across the country.
Recruited local, regional and national faith leaders to be trained as facilitators for the implementation of “A la Familia” nationally.
Professional Experience Prior to 2007
UNID@S, the National Latinx LGBT Human Rights Organization, Program Director
2007 - 2012, Washington, D.C.
Family Equality Council, Year-Long Fellowship
2008 - 2009, Boston, MA & Washington, DC
Freedom to Marry, Mobilization Coordinator
2005-2007, Washington, D.C.
NARAL Pro-Choice America, Senior March Organizer
2004, Washington, D.C.
LLEGO: The National Latino/a LGBT Organization, Director of Community Education & Training
2003 - 2004, Washington, D.C.
LLEGO: The National Latino/a LGBT Organization, CBA Services & Training Coordinator
2001 - 2003, Washington, D.C.
Americans for a Fair Chance, Outreach & Training Director
2000 - 2001, Washington, D.C.
Labor Council for Latin American Advancement, Executive Director (PT)
1998 - 2000, Boston, MA
Union of Needle Trades, Industrial and Textile Employees, Business Agent
1998 - 2000, Boston, MA
SEIU – Merger Campaign Organizer – 1199 NE & 144 NYC
1997 - 1998, Boston, MA & New York City, NY
United Food & Commercial Workers International – Smithfield Campaign Organizer
1997 - 1997, Fayetteville, NC
Laborers’ International Union of North America – Case Farms Campaign Organizer
1996 - 1997, Morganton, NC
United Steelworkers Union – Occupational Safety & Health Spec
1994-1996, Boston, MA
Mass Coalition for Occupational Safety & Health, Program Coordinator
1993- 1996, Boston, MA
Education & Honors
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United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities, St. Paul, MN.
MAL Theology and Social Transformation, 2020
Emmanuel College, Boston, MA
Candidate for BA Sociology & Biology, 2020
- ADD YOUR GRADUATION AWARD
- Waves Ahead, The Fourth Magi, Advocacy for PR, 2019
- The Honor 41, Distinguished Latinx LGBTQ Leader, 2019
- United Church of Christ, Outstanding Scholarship, 2018
- United Theological Seminary, President's Scholarship, 2017
- Dignity DC, Outstanding Advocacy for LGBT Inclusion, 2016
- The Latinx History Project, “Mujeres en el Movimiento Honoree,” 2011
- Go Magazine, 100 We Love, 2011
- The Latinx History Project, Community Leadership Award, 2009
- The Puerto Rican Initiative to Develop Empowerment, Pride Award, 2004
- Somos Latinxs, First Pride Weekend Honoree, 2000
- Immigrant Workers Resource Center, Social Justice Award, 1999
Boards & Affiliations
Woodhull Freedom Foundation, Washington, D.C.
2004 - Present Advisory Board Member
UNID@S, The Latinx LGBT Human Rights Organization, Washington, D.C.
2008 - 2012 Founding Member; Board Member
National Youth Advocacy Coalition, Washington, D.C. 2001 - 2010 Executive Committee; Chair Board Governance; Vice Chair of Board
Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice, New York, NY
2002 - 2010 Board Member for the International Panel
Funding Exchange, New York, NY
1999 - 2002 Board Member for the Out Panel
Women's Institute for Leadership Development, (WILD) Boston, MA
1992 - 2011 Board Member; Trainer and Educator
Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational Safety & Health, Boston, MA
1998 - 2000 Chair of the Board; Chair of Advisory Board
LUNA – Latinas United Never Apart, Boston, MA
1994 - 1996 Founding Member; Vice-President
National Organizers Alliance, Washington, D.C.
1994 - 1999 Vice Chair 1997-1999
Pride at Work, Washington, D.C.
1994 - 1996 Vice Chair; Chair of the Finance Committee
March on Washington ‘93, Boston, MA
1992 - 1993 Media Coordinator for New England