Community Members Engaged
We ensure that our communities are effectively represented and served within the political and civic institutions of Los Angeles and the nation.
To create a collaborative infrastructure to support progressive candidates and initiatives that will create positive change for the Latino community and other marginalized groups.
We do this by engaging in policy advocacy, endorsement activation, and coalition building. Through these strategic efforts, we help bridge the gap between politically marginalized communities, public servants, government agencies and business leaders.
In 2009 a coalition of Central American leaders joined together to discuss the new proposed Koreatown boundaries. In the middle of a contentious debate, it became clear that our entire Latino community needed to organize and share their recommendations to ensure that we and other marginalized groups were included in the redevelopment plans of the Koreatown-Pico Union corridors.
It was then that the Latino Coalition of Los Angeles was born. LCLA brought together Korean, Bangladeshi, Mexican and Central American Leaders to lay out an equitable and transparent designation of community boundaries that reflected the demographics of the diverse communities.
Among the first key victories of LCLA was the its ability to partner with state officials to create an official El Salvador Corridor in 2010. The City of Los Angeles followed suit in 2013 and made the El Salvador Corridor an official city village. In the years between, LCLA championed the election of progressive Latino leaders within the local neighborhood and city councils, including helping to elect LA Mayor Eric Garcetti and LA City Council President, Herb Wesson.
In the years since its inception, LCLA has engaged over 6,000 community members, championed 19 campaign victories, advocated for 49 transformative policies—all achieved through our dedicated LCLA members and 50 organizations that are members of our organization.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Cindy Villegas, President
Ingrid Rivera-Guzman, Vice-President
Victor Cruz, Secretary
Edmundo O. Diaz Jr., Treasurer
Jacob Montoya, Board Member
Edwin Arango, Board Member
Christina Rodriguez, Board Member
- To tackle the most vexing challenges confronting our communities, we form and lead coalitions of diverse political, religious, social, ethnic, and economic groups.
- LCLA advocates for policies and legislation that have positive impacts on the social, economic and health status of Latino communities and other vulnerable populations.
- Through leadership and political action, our organization facilitates policy discussions and policy practice on key issues impacting our community.
- LCLA endorses elected officials, candidates and propositions that have a proven track record in serving the needs of our Latino communities.
CAMPAIGNS & INITIATIVES
LCLA takes great pride in supporting progressive causes and leaders that help elevate the voice of the people and transform conditions for our most vulnerable communities.
We value character, inclusion, collaboration and innovative leadership.
Using these values as our guide, we have historically championed the candidacy of current political leaders, women of color, Central Americans, and other underrepresented groups who are seeking elected office.
Above all else, our values guide our decisions and that is why we have chosen to support the campaigns and initiatives below.