Our People

We are a Latina organization. Founded and led by Latinas, we ground our work in listening to Latinas and our communities, lifting up their beauty, strengths, and wisdom on this journey to end gender-based violence. We appreciate our allies who stand with us in this work and are proud that our staff and board reflect communities we serve.

Staff Leadership

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Patricia Tototzintle
Chief Executive Officer
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Rosario de la Torre
Co-Director of Family Advocacy and Community Engagement
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Cristina Escobar
Director of Communications and marketing
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Annika Gifford
Program Strategy and Fund Development Advisor
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Paula Gomez Stordy
Senior Director of Training and Technical Assistance
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Ivette Izea Martinez
Co-Director of Family Advocacy and Community Engagement
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Jenny Lee
Finance Director
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Lillie Macias, Ph.D.
Director of Research and Evaluation

Board of directors

Sandra Vargas
CHAIR | Senior Executive Leadership Fellow, Humphrey School of Public Affairs
Nick Ruiz
SECRETARY | Professor Emeritus, Winona State University
Tammie Nasseff
TREASURER | Chief Financial Officer, Neighborhood Development Center (NDC)
Donna Allan
Retired, Director, Office of Transit for the MN Department of Transportation
Hector Arguelles
Division Manager, Goya Foods – Midwest
Caroline Bettinger-López
Professor of Clinical Legal Education; Director, Human Rights Clinic University of Miami School of Law
Felicia Knaul
Professor, Dept. of Public Health Sciences at the Miller School of Medicine; Director, Institute for Advanced Study of the Americas University of Miami
Alejandra Lemus-Rivera Mission
Advancement Manager, Youthprise
Milissa Silva-Diaz
Legacy-Owner, El Burrito Mercado

Advisory Counsels

Research advisory council

Carmen Alvarez
Ph.D., MSN, RN, CRNP, NP-C
Walter DeKeseredy, Ph.D.
Rosa Gonzalez-Guarda
Ph.D., MPH, RN, CPH, FAAN
Gabriel Kuperminc, Ph.D.
Chiara Sabina, Ph.D.
Kevin Swartout, Ph.D.

Policy advisory council

Carmen Williams
Vivian Huelgo
Michelle Ortiz
Sandra Henriquez
Sonia Parras Konrad
Claudia Medina
Margarita Guzman
Caroline Bettinger-López
Mónica Ramírez