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Our Members

Angela Sanbrano

Ms. Sanbrano holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Pitzer College, Claremont Colleges and a Juris Doctor from People’s College of Law. She served as the Executive Director of the Central American Resource Center in Los Angeles from 1995-2007 and presently serves as President of the Board of Directors. She is the Vice President of the Latino Latina Roundtable of the Pomona and San Gabriel Valleys. She is a co-founder of Alianza Americas an immigrant led transnational immigrant rights organization. She resides in La Verne, CA with her husband Attorney James Sanbrano.

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Pablo Alvarado

Pablo co-founded the Institute of Popular Education of Southern California in 1991, Los Jornaleros del Norte day laborer band in 1996 and the National Day Laborer Organizing Network in 2001. He has won numerous awards and recognitions, including receiving the Next Generation Leadership Fellowship from the Rockefeller Foundation, which recognizes entrepreneurial, risk-taking and fair leaders who seek to develop solutions to major challenges of democracy. In 2004, Pablo was also recognized by the Ford Foundation’s “Leadership for a Changing World Program.” In August 2005, TIME Magazine named Pablo among the 25 most influential Hispanics in the U.S.

Debora Gonzalez

Debora is from Guatemala City, Guatemala, and spent the early years of her life observing her Mother’s community work in the rural zones of Eastern Guatemala. This experience informs her passion for working with vulnerable communities and for Health and Safety.  Debora arrived to Rhode Island in 1994 and worked in various factories, in 2008, she became part of Grupo Quetzal where she remains active today. In 2010, she began volunteering in a project which became known as Neighbors Links Stamford, eventually becoming Site Hiring Manager and Co-Founder of the organization. In 2014, she joined NDLON’s Board of Directors and joined the Women’s Caucus as Vice President and ended up as the Board of Director’s President.

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Francisco Pacheco

Nació en El Salvador donde trabajo en el desarrollo organizativo y consolidación del movimiento popular. Como miembros de NDLON ha adquirido experiencia en el manejo y construcción de Centros de Empleos, organización de las esquinas de Jornaleros, en el desarrollo de escuelas de organización y liderazgo basado en la Educación Popular y en la elaboración popularizadas de currículos. Como Organizador y Educador Popular a contribuido a crear redes de grupos de base en los estados de Arizona, Georgia, Alabama, Carolina del Norte, Mississippi , Tennessee y Florida. Actualmente es Co-fundador de la Alianza Nacional TPS, organización de base de los diferentes países que están amenazados con la suspensión del Status de Protección Temporal. Le gusta el arte entre ellos la música y la elaboración de mantas.

Julieta Aragon

Julieta is the Minimum Wage Outreach Coordinator in the city of Pasadena, CA. Her office is located in the Pasadena Community Job Center (PCJC). Julieta became involved with the PCJC after being a part of a campaign at her child’s school—a 90% Latino, low-income school—when the Principal was removed and a new one was imposed without input from teachers or parents. Through her experience in that campaign, she became aware of the power dynamics between the district administration, teachers and school parents but it also empowered her to understand the power that school parents and the community hold to impact change not just in the school but in the larger community as well. 


Klaudia M. Rivera

Is a Professor of Education at Long Island University Brooklyn, where she prepares teachers. Originally from Nicaragua where she was introduced to the work of Paulo Freire, for the last thirty years she has developed and applied participatory and popular education programs at the community-based and the university levels in the United States.

Elmer Romero

Is an educator, journalist and, popular communicator. He also has extensive knowledge in the field of immigration, religion, documentary photography and photojournalism.He is originally from El Salvador, worked for 15 years as Director of Publications of the Asociación Maíz, El Salvador, a non-profit educational organization with extensive experience in the following topics: historical memory, El Salvador history, education in gender, popular education, and education in ecology.


Stephanie M. Huezo 

Is an Assistant Professor in History at Fordham University (NYC).  Born and raised in the Bronx, NY she began to appreciate her cultural identity as one of the few Salvadorans in her neighborhood. She began to immerse herself in the history of El Salvador, especially during the civil war and it was there where she encountered popular education and Paulo Freire’s work.

Marlom Portillo

survived intimidation and eventual exile for organizing and defending the rights of students and workers in his native Honduras. Since his years as an organizer and educator in Honduras, Marlom has focused on popular education. His main goal is to educate and organize communities that defend their human, health, and labor rights of the working class.


Hilary Stern

Raised in Seattle, grew up hearing stories of her grandparents who fled poverty and oppression as Eastern European Jews. These stories made her realize that she was born into a society and a family where she had opportunities that she wouldn’t have had, had her grandparents not made the decision to migrate.

Pedro Sosa 

Born in Guatemala, Pedro worked for many years with community organizations in his home country and Mexico and moved to the United States in 1991.  He is the co-founder of VOZ Workers Rights Education Project in Portland, former board member of Immigration Counseling Services, and CAUSA, currently member of the Portland Immigrants’ Rights coalition.

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Manuel Vicente

Originally from the municipality of Zacoalco de Torres, Jalisco, Mexico. He graduated with a Bachelors in Communication Sciences of ITESO (Jesuit University of Guadalajara). He immigrated to the USA in 2015, building and structuring the first Mexican Indigenous radio station outside Mexico that deals with and addresses the injustices that are targeted against the immigrant community. Manuel believes in the motto, “an informed community is a community less manipulatable and one that has the tools and ability to fight back.” This is why he believes in the creation of communication spaces where we can exercise and enforce our rights as a people and at the same time serve as a social and community integration tool.

Luis Valentan

Luis Valentan is originally from Mexico City. He immigrated to the United States in 1991 with the intention of seeking a better life. As a day laborer for nearly ten years, Luis saw firsthand how these laws affect the community. These experiences led him to start his work as a community organizer, helping to organize the Latino community in Arizona to fight against the policies and abuses of Sheriff Joe Arpaio and SB1070, a law that did terrible damage to many families, including his own. Luis brings over eight years of experience organizing in the day labor community and has worked for numerous projects and organizations.

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Emily Gaggia

Emily Gaggia works as the National Membership Manager at NDLON. She began her career at Casa Latina, a day labor center in Seattle, Washington, where she worked for over 15 years as the Educational Director. Emily has implemented and managed a variety of Popular-Education-inspired, adult educational programs for day laborers and household workers, including ESL classes, Technological Literacy classes and a community language-exchange program which brings together Spanish and English speakers to build bridges through language instruction. Emily attributes much of her personal and professional growth to the day laborers and household workers she has met throughout the years and is honored to continue her work alongside the day labor community.

Francisco E. Segovia

Francisco E. Segovia, for over two decades, has been building networks and coalitions with and across diverse communities in order to collectively change the conditions that limit people’s choices. After fourteen years of acting as the director of Waite House Center in South Minneapolis where he used his passion, vision, and experience to facilitate grassroots leadership development, deliver asset-based services, foster self-sufficiency and advocate for system change at both the city and state level, Francisco left to build COPAL, a grassroots statewide organization whose mission is to unite Latinxs in Minnesota in active grassroots communal democracy that builds racial, gender, social and economic justice across community lines. Francisco currently serves on the board of TakeAction Minnesota and participates in The Minnesota Civic Studies Initiative, a project of the College of Education & Human Development of the University of Minnesota 

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