mission & background

Power in Participation

Mission: Latinos LEAD promotes a more inclusive and effective civil society by preparing and recruiting Latinos for nonprofit board leadership; supporting nonprofit organizations to develop governing boards that reflect their constituents; and, collaborating with partners to drive greater diversity in nonprofit governance.
Latinos LEAD was founded in April 2017 following comprehensive strategic planning, industry research, and input from a national network of Latino leaders and nonprofit executives.  This process informed the Latinos LEAD Theory of Change, which led to the development of three pilot programs:

During its demonstration phase (through 2022), Latinos LEAD is focusing on those Southern California nonprofits that have a high degree of impact on the Latino community, but are led by governing boards that do not reflect the Latino communities they serve. Targeted nonprofit sector fields include: Arts & Culture, Environment & Conservation, Health & Human Services, and K-12+ (after-school and school-based programming).

In September 2018, Latinos LEAD established a national Executive Advisory Council (EAC) of prominent leaders and experts in education, philanthropy, and the private sector.  The EAC was instrumental in framing and achieving initial strategic goals. During 2018 and 2019, Latinos LEAD began implementing these pilot programs, began a brand awareness communications initiative, and launched the development of an extensive data management system that includes more than 12,000 individuals and organizations.

By early 2021, the founding board of directors had evolved to a more institutional growth profile; its newest members include Belen Bernal, Executive Director at Nature for All; Geoff Green, CEO at the Santa Barbara City College Foundation; and, Richard Vazquez, Founder & CEO of Fintegy Consulting, LLC.

mean and women being photograph after Latinos LEAD workshop
Ready to LEAD cohort December 2019