LAN

The Latino Action Network is a grassroots organization composed of individuals and organizations that are committed to engaging in collective action at the local, state and national levels in order to advance the equitable inclusion of the diverse Latino communities in all aspects of United States society.

About



Mission 


LAN is a broad, statewide coalition of Latino organizations dedicated to
political empowerment, the promotion of civil rights, and the elimination of
disparities in the areas of education, health, and employment. It was founded
in 2009.

About LAN 

We advocate on the issues of greatest importance to the Latino community including Immigrant Rights, Education, Healthcare, Affordable Housing, Criminal Justice Reform, Voting Rights, and Civil Rights.

LAN was founded by a group of Latino leaders from across New Jersey that agreed that the time had come for progressive Latinos to come together to take action against the attacks our community was facing.  Since its inception, LAN has played an important role in influencing legislative redistricting in the state and has been a clear voice on the need for diversity on the state’s highest court and marriage equality. 

Our members have testified at public hearings, written opinion pieces for many publications and met with legislators to champion our various causes. We have participated in numerous legal challenges promoting fair housing, equitable health care delivery, and electoral integrity.  The Latino Action Network has promoted quality public education and spoken out against the proliferation of unaccountable charter schools and voucher gimmicks.

The Latino Action Network invites you to learn more about our organization and to connect with other Latinos and our allies that are working hard every day to improve the lives of Latino families.

Leadership:

Christian Estevez- President

Christian is the Vice President of CWA 1037. He is a longtime labor leader and Latino advocate in New Jersey.








Javier Robles- Executive Vice President

Javier is a Professor at Rutgers University and a disability advocate.








Cuqui Rivera- Executive Secretary, Endorsements Chair, and Criminal Justice Chair

 Cuqui has been a leader in the Latino community in New Jersey for over 30 years. She is currently employed by the Puerto Rican Action Board as Program Coordinator of the Low-Income Home & Energy Program (LI-HEAP). She also has worked at La Casa de Don Pedro as the Case Manager for the Newark Prisoner re-entry program and as the Outreach Manager for the Hispanic Directors Association of NJ.
She also serves as the Executive Secretary for the National Coalition of Latino Officers (NCLO) and Vice President of the Anti-Poverty Network (APN). 


Frank Argote-Freyre- Former President


Frank is a Professor at Kean University and serves as President of the Latino Action Network Foundation. He was previously Press Secretary to Senator Bob Menendez when he was a Member of the House of Representatives.






Daniel Ulloa-Vice President of Communications
Daniel Ulloa is an accomplished writer who has covered domestic politics and policies at all levels of government. He has covered health and economic policies, the federal response to housing, financial, and student debt issues, before focusing on the cannabis industry.

He also serves as President of the American Workforce Association which seeks to help precarious workers struggling in the gig economy and Co-Chair of the Progressive Caucus of the New Jersey Democrats.

Maria Andrade-Vice President of Membership












Luisa Torres- Vice President of Fundraising

Luisa is an accomplished woman who currently works as Office Manager of the Law Office of Abe Rappaport where she provides legal assistance to facilitate the acquisition and sale of commercial and residential properties in New Jersey and New York. She was previously a personal Banker at JP Morgan Chase.


Carlos Hendricks- Treasurer















STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBERS

Renee Koubiadis- Housing Chair

Having grown up in poverty in New Jersey, Renee is deeply committed to identifying and breaking down barriers that prevent people and families from meeting their basic needs. Renee has been an advocate and community organizer helping disempowered populations use their voices towards social change throughout New Jersey and Pennsylvania for over 15 years. Renee currently serves as the Executive Director of the Anti-Poverty Network of NJ. She previously served as the statewide Advocacy Coordinator of the National Association of Social Workers – NJ Chapter (NASW-NJ) and the Assistant State Campaign Director for the Citizens’ Campaign, a New Jersey non-partisan movement of hundreds of citizens dedicated to innovative government reform and promoting citizen leadership.

Renee served as Co-Chair of New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy's Transition Team Housing Committee. She also serves on the Board of Trustees of the Media Mobilizing Project and the NJ Coalition to End Homelessness and the NJ Alliance for Immigrant Justice. Renee is a Licensed Social Worker in New Jersey and holds an MSW from Temple University and a BASW from Rutgers University.

Rudy Rodas-Immigration Chair


Rudy is an attorney with his own practice focusing on the immigration issues throughout his career as well as assisting students with issues related to their status. He has also worked with the Colombian consulate in the United States assisting foreign nationals with legal issues. Rudy is licensed to practice in Pennsylvania as well as New Jersey. His firm is based in Jersey City. 


Cynthia Mellon- Environmental Chair

Cynthia is an Environmental Advocate. She worked as an Environmental Justice Organizer for the Ironbound Community Corporation where she worked on issues at Port Newark. 

She received an M.A. in  Sociology from the International Institute in Sociology of Law and a Bachelor’s degree in Latin American Studies.

David Ortiz Sr. 


David has extensive experience working in the workforce development field as a counselor and instructor. He recently completed his Master's degree in Political Science from Rutgers University- Newark.


David is also the founder of the Puerto Rican Progressives of New Jersey whose objective is to empower and advocate for the Puerto Rican Diaspora living in New Jersey and Puerto Rico.


Henry Pena

Henry is a Journeyman Electrician and the Head Journeyman of Park Electric Inc. which specializes in commercial development. He is also an active member of the Latino community, having assisted numerous organizations. 

Jose Laureano

As the current Director of the Perth Center at Middlesex County College, José Laureano brings over 18 years of expertise in higher education administration, teaching, and providing students with an array of academic, career, and personal support. Besides his service on the steering committee of the Latino Action Network, José serves as an Advisory Board member of the Rutgers Center for Latino Arts & Culture.   

José is a two-time graduate of Rutgers University, having earned his Bachelor of Arts in Latino & Hispanic Caribbean Studies and Master of Social Work with a concentration in Administration, Planning, & Policy. He is currently pursuing his Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership at Rowan University.


Elisa A Charters

Elisa is the principal of EAC Business International, LLC, a consulting firm that specializes in Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) strategies and financial, business and operating strategies relating to transportation, planning, commercial real estate and fashion. She was a founding partner of Toussa International LLC, a wholesale distribution and sourcing company of children’s apparel imported from Argentina, Peru, and Brazil.   

Elisa served the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey for 13 years in executive and management capacities as assistant comptroller responsible for the Port Commerce line business, as lead negotiator of real estate development and operating agreements such as the redevelopment effort of the World Trade Center site post 9/11, the development of waterfront properties along the Hudson and East Rivers in New York and New Jersey, and as a financial manager of the PATH interstate rail system.

Patricia Campos

Lazaro Cardenas

William Colon