Progreso Latino Fund

Celebrating Latine Leaders

Inspired by HBO's "The Latino List," Celebrating Latine Leaders brings you up-close and personal interviews with Latine leaders serving Greater New Haven and Connecticut.

Joe Rodriguez, State Deputy Director for Sen. Richard Blumenthal Credit: Contributed

Leading From Where You Are

The Progreso Latino Fund (PLF) is pleased to present the series: Celebrating Latine Leaders. While the individuals profiled represent a diverse group of men and women from many countries, professions and age groups, each is united by his or her commitment to social change through giving back and creating opportunities for others. PLF seeks to expand the definition of leadership to promote the leadership and advancement of Latines.

We hope you are inspired by the profiles below of Latine leaders in our community.

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Celebrating Latino Leaders: Sara Lulo ›


"For many reasons I find New Haven to be civically engaged, very switched on in many ways, very accessible to become involved with, very smart and active on issues that I care about."

Celebrating Latino Leaders: Kica Matos ›


"I think despite the many advances we made in this country; we still have a long way to go. All of us need to step up and do everything that we can to protect the most vulnerable and protect our democracy."

Celebrating Latino Leaders: Andrea Martinez ›


"I always thought about the people who didn’t have access to education and how lucky I was that despite our struggles, I always had school as my stable place."

Celebrating Latino Leaders: Angel Fernández Chavero ›


"I believe that leaders, real leaders, are people who at a time and a place decide that they have to help push to make a difference; and when they’re confronted with moments of doing something expedient or doing something that is self-aggrandizing, that they make the choice that is neither those, but what is best for the long term."

Celebrating Latino Leaders: Frances Padilla ›


"With education, we can get better jobs and we can create businesses. We’re able to have better healthcare and stay healthy. We’ll be able to grow the future generation."

Celebrating Latino Leaders: Michael Negrón ›


“Networks are key. But we need to ask ourselves, how well are we promoting and publicizing the things we have, and leveraging the resources and opportunities for Latinos in our community?”

Celebrating Latino Leaders: Tara Sanabria Davila, MSW, LCSW ›


“I believe that this is a time when true leaders emerge and when ‘sparks’ - voting, mentoring, educating, leading policy changes – can ‘light a hundred fuses’ and ignite the fires of change for our city, state and country."

Celebrating Latino Leaders: Lourdes Alvarez ›


“There need to be more role models and more diversity among people in places of power and prestige. I think in a way, success is when it’s so normal that people see diversity in leadership and don’t question where the Latinos are."

Celebrating Latino Leaders: Sandra Trevino ›


“We do need more Latino leaders in order to address and advocate for the different needs in our community. In my opinion, promoting cultural traditions as well as accepting other cultures is vital and necessary.”

Celebrating Latino Leaders: Jorge Luis Jimenez ›


"There is still so much possibility and so much opportunity in this country. You can have your voice be heard - now more than ever before - and really let that voice blossom. We need more leaders to keep pushing that collective voice, to keep the momentum going.”

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