About

The Amplify Latinx (Amplify Latino Power and Impact) is a non-partisan, collaborative movement aimed at significantly increasing the representation of Latinos in elected and appointed positions, on boards and commissions, and in corporate leadership. Amplify Latinx was founded by the Latina Circle, a Boston-based network that is advancing Latina leaders across industries into positions of power and influence.

MISSION

Latina Circle, through the Amplify Latinx initiative, aims to close the gap in Latino political and civic leadership and engagement. Our mission is to significantly increase the representation of Latinos in elected and appointed positions, on boards and commissions, and in corporate leadership. With over 70 partner organizations and 2,000+ subscribers, we are a convener of cross-sector, non-partisan collaborative programs and resources to the Massachusetts Latino community. Through collaborations with partner organizations, we seek to drive political leadership and civic engagement within the Latino community, particularly among the Millennial and young Latinos.

Goals

DEVELOP

collaborative strategies, such as listing services of our partners that will allow our attendees and others find the resources they need to engage locally with these organizations through a web-based resource

FACILITATE

connections between conference participants and partner organizations, while also promoting culturally-adapted educational content to support multi-generational Latino leaders

BUILD

on our ongoing partner relationships, and provide continuity of resources for Latino leadership across civic and business sectors.out a purpose-driven retirement or encore career.

CULTIVATE

a strong coalition of Latino leaders, stakeholders, and partner organizations who are all driving Latinx engagement in the civic and political process

WHY

Almost 57 million strong, Latinos in the US represent over 17% of the population and have more than $1.5 trillion in buying power. in Massachusetts, Latinos comprise 12.4% of the state’s population and in Boston 20% of the population is Latino. The Latino population is also growing rapidly representing over 90% of Boston’s growth in since 1980.

Yet Latinos are grossly under-represented in civic leadership roles of impact. Only 5 percent of US congressional seats and 4 percent of state legislature seats are held by Latinos. These disparities are most glaring on the local level, where Latino representation is lacking in elected leadership and in government appointed positions. In addition to being under-represented in elected and appointed leadership positions, Latinos also exhibit low participation in the civic process. In Massachusetts, for example, only 42% of Latino voters eligible to vote are registered. Increasing Latino political participation rates today will have deep impact for the future generation, and for this reason intentional interventions are necessary.

Given the gross under-representation of Latinos in civic leadership roles of impact, a more holistic approach, beyond just voter engagement is needed. Civic education, organizing, and advocacy, for example, can give Latinos meaningful participation that may lead them to vote, pursue electoral politics, seek appointment to City and State Boards or Commissions or seek other leadership opportunities within their communities, states or even at a national level.

Amplify Latinx is a vehicle to accelerate power building, civic engagement, and socially impactful leadership within the MA Latino community.

LEADERSHIP

All
advisory committee
cochairs
steering committee
ADRIAN VELAZQUEZ
Research Analyst, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
ADRIAN VELAZQUEZResearch Analyst, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
AIXA BEAUCHAMP
President, Beauchamp & Associates & Co-founder, Latino Legacy Fund at The Boston Foundation
AIXA BEAUCHAMPPresident, Beauchamp & Associates & Co-founder, Latino Legacy Fund at The Boston Foundation
AMANDA FERNANDEZ
Co-Founder and CEO, Latinos for Education
AMANDA FERNANDEZCo-Founder and CEO, Latinos for Education
ANDY VARGAS
City Councillor, City of Haverhill and Marketing Manager, E-For All
ANDY VARGASCity Councillor, City of Haverhill and Marketing Manager, E-For All
BETTY FRANCISCO
Co-Founder of Latina Circle, CEO of FitNation Ventures Inc.
BETTY FRANCISCOCo-Founder of Latina Circle, CEO of FitNation Ventures Inc.
CHRISTINE JAUREGUI
Principal, Social Impact Strategies
CHRISTINE JAUREGUIPrincipal, Social Impact Strategies
DHARMA CORTÉS
Senior Scientist and Instructor at the Health Equity Lab, Cambridge Health Alliance/Harvard Medical School
DHARMA CORTÉSSenior Scientist and Instructor at the Health Equity Lab, Cambridge Health Alliance/Harvard Medical School
DIGNA SAAD
Principal, Third Sector New England
DIGNA SAADPrincipal, Third Sector New England
DOUG CHAVEZ
Co-founder, Massachusetts Democratic Latino Caucus
DOUG CHAVEZCo-founder, Massachusetts Democratic Latino Caucus
ENEIDA ROMAN
Co-Founder of Latina Circle, Founder of Roman Law
ENEIDA ROMANCo-Founder of Latina Circle, Founder of Roman Law
JACQUELINE CONRAD
Vice President of Marketing, Communications & Public Relations at Cambridge College
JACQUELINE CONRADVice President of Marketing, Communications & Public Relations at Cambridge College
JON SANTIAGO
Resident Physician - Emergency Medicine, Boston Medical Center
JON SANTIAGOResident Physician - Emergency Medicine, Boston Medical Center
KERI RODRIGUES
CEO, Mass Parents United
KERI RODRIGUESCEO, Mass Parents United
KRISTINE ACEVEDO
Head of Finance & Administration at FOUR PAWS USA
KRISTINE ACEVEDOHead of Finance & Administration at FOUR PAWS USA
LUISA PEÑA LYONS
Manager for Regional Impact, Leadership for Educational Equity
LUISA PEÑA LYONSManager for Regional Impact, Leadership for Educational Equity
MALI DIEZ
Principal Customer Success Manager for LATAM, HubSpot
MALI DIEZPrincipal Customer Success Manager for LATAM, HubSpot
MARCELA M. DANESH
Independent Financial Management Consultant
MARCELA M. DANESHIndependent Financial Management Consultant
MONICA HINOJOS
Creative Producer and Consultant
MONICA HINOJOSCreative Producer and Consultant
MONICA RAMIREZ
Director of Gender Equity & Advocacy, National Hispanic Leadership Agenda
MONICA RAMIREZDirector of Gender Equity & Advocacy, National Hispanic Leadership Agenda
NICOLE CASTILLO
Director of Policy and Public Affairs, MA Alliance on Teen Pregnancy
NICOLE CASTILLODirector of Policy and Public Affairs, MA Alliance on Teen Pregnancy
NURYS CAMARGO
Regional Director, External Affairs, AT&T MA and Founder, Chica Project
NURYS CAMARGORegional Director, External Affairs, AT&T MA and Founder, Chica Project
PHYLLIS BARAJAS
Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Conexion
PHYLLIS BARAJASFounder & Chief Executive Officer, Conexion
SANTIAGO NARIÑO
Executive Director, Latinx Action Group
SANTIAGO NARIÑOExecutive Director, Latinx Action Group
SEYMOUR-JAMES QUILES
Chief Operations/Strategy Officer, Foxx Advanced Security Team Inc.
SEYMOUR-JAMES QUILESChief Operations/Strategy Officer, Foxx Advanced Security Team Inc.
STEVEN BARTLETT
Contract Advisor and Consultant, S|M Sports
STEVEN BARTLETTContract Advisor and Consultant, S|M Sports
TANIA DEL RIO
Diversity Outreach Officer at City of Boston
TANIA DEL RIODiversity Outreach Officer at City of Boston
VANESSA CALDERON-ROSADO
CEO of IBA and Co-founder of Greater Boston Latino Network
VANESSA CALDERON-ROSADOCEO of IBA and Co-founder of Greater Boston Latino Network

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