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LOS ANGELES – The Latino Equality Alliance (LEA), a leading nonprofit for social justice and LGBTQ + LatinX rights advocacy based in Los Angeles, recently announced the election of its 2021 Executive Advisory Board- 2023.
The new two-year board of directors is made up of a diverse group of LatinX executives from Southern California from a variety of industry sectors. Heading the organization’s board as chairman of the board is Marco Antonio Gonzalez, a seasoned international executive in corporate communications; Vice President Stephen Chavez, CEO of Chavez PR; and Secretary Liliana T. Perez, director of cultural affairs for the Los Angeles Chargers. Also on the board are Jaime Gallardo, holistic therapist, and LEA co-founder Ari Gutierrez Arambula, director of government advertising, Daily Journal Corporation.
“I am truly honored to have the opportunity to chair the LEA Advisory Board. It is an organization that is very dear to me and close to my heart and I look forward to continuing, along with my fellow Board members, the advocacy and social justice work that we do on behalf of our LatinX LGBTQ youth and their families. I am privileged to serve this great organization and I am committed to continuing to promote its mission and advance its work in our community, ”said Gonzalez.
Gonzalez says his main goal as chairman will be to increase the size of the board and help with fundraising. He brings over 15 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, which dates back to his previous work as Director of Communications for United Way of Greater Los Angeles.
Most recently, he was the architect of the Unidos Contigo community relations initiative for Estrella Media, where he established community partnerships with Feeding America, the Power of One Foundation and the Saint Anthony Community Clinics. Unidos Contigo addresses COVID-19 vaccine awareness and education, and food insecurity within the Latino community.
As part of his personal philanthropic work, he has also raised over $ 10,000 for AIDS LifeCycle (2018 and 2019) as a cyclist and volunteer, cycling from San Francisco to Los Angeles in an effort to end AIDS. .
“Marco’s bicultural background and bilingual prowess will certainly be an added value that will continue to enhance and promote LEA’s ongoing efforts and work within the Spanish speaking community we serve in the Greater Los Angeles area. We are excited about his new role as board leader and are ready to work closely with him and the rest of the board, ”said Eddie Martinez, executive director of LEA.
For over 10 years, LEA, a community partners project, has advocated for equity, safety and well-being for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer + LatinX community.
Current LEA projects include:
Anti-Bullying School Climate Public Education Initiative – Latino Equality Alliance offers a series of audience-friendly workshops for students, parents and school administrators in high schools across the region with the aim of developing a school climate safe for LGBTQ youth.
Southeast Los Angeles Civic Engagement Project – A strategic regional initiative that will develop young leaders and change public policy through education and engagement in the communities of Huntington Park, Bell, Cudahy, Maywood, Walnut Park , South Gate, Commerce, Bell Gardens and Lynwood.
Community Health Worker Outreach Initiative – In partnership with The Wellness Center, LEA has mobilized in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. The mission is to provide essential COVID-19 awareness, education, and navigation services to local residents and businesses in LA County.
As a nonprofit organization with a strong focus on family acceptance, LGBT equality, and immigration reform, LEA engages leaders and organizations of the LatinX LGBT community in direct action to s ” tackle the problems of bullying, homophobia, xenophobia, family separation, violence against young people, homelessness, high risk behaviors for health and HIV / AIDS.
The mission of the Latino Equality Alliance (LEA) is to advocate for the fairness, safety and well-being of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer + LatinX community. LEA is located at the Mi Centro LGBTQ Community Center in Boyle Heights. For more information on Latino Equality Alliance services and programs and / or to donate, please visit http://www.latinoequalityalliance.org/
Editor’s Note: LEA hosts a number of fundraising events each year to raise money for LGBTQ + scholarships, such as the annual Purple Lily Awards gala and the next in person. Festival de la Calavera on Saturday 23 October. For more information on the Day of the Dead event, please visit bit.ly/Calavera.