WHO ARE WE?
On September 3, 2014, about fifty Latino activists were invited by Governor Terry McAuliffe to meet with him and members of his Administration to discuss issues of importance to Virginia’s Latino community. It was an excellent conversation on issues that matter to our community and to the Governor.
Following the meeting, a few of us began discussing the idea of forming a statewide organization comprised of Latino leaders and activists who will focus on Latino civic engagement, including establishing a dialogue with the current and future state government administrations.
Among activities proposed were identifying and communicating with Latino voters throughout Virginia to encourage them to vote. These activities and a structure for Latinos in Virginia to engage with Virginia’s state government officials are the focus of the Virginia Latino Leaders Council.
While we started with a small group primarily from Northern Virginia, we seek opportunities to include Latino representation from throughout the Commonwealth.
We were delighted to host our first event on Sunday, June 14, 2015, when over 100 activists came together to participate in the 2015 Latino Civic Engagement Forum. Since then, we have continued to provide opportunities for Latino leaders to engage and network. Please see our News and Events tabs for photos and articles.
Thank you for your support, and we look forward to seeing you in future activities!.
Fernando "Marty" Martinez
Emma Violand Sanchez