Latino Victory Project Welcomes Five Powerhouse Women to its Board of Directors

The addition of five women to the Latino Victory Project Board of Directors makes Latino Victory an organization that is led by and powered by a majority of women. 

Washington, D.C. — Latino Victory Project announced the appointment of five new members to its board of directors, signaling the organization’s efforts to ramp up its leadership and resources as it heads into the 2020 presidential election.

The Latino Victory Board of Directors welcomed: Dr. Erika González, CEO & president of South Texas Allergy & Asthma Medical Professionals (STAAMP Allergy) and STAAMP Research and chairwoman of the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce; Christina Haley, senior policy advisor at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP; Regina Montoya, CEO & chairperson of Regina T. Montoya, PLLC.; Dr. Cynthia Telles, clinical professor in the UCLA School of Medicine; and Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers.

“This is how we build Latino political power–by bringing in powerhouse women to help us craft a winning strategy for Latinos in November,” said Luis A. Miranda, Jr., Latino Victory Project chairman of the board of directors. “Erika, Christina, Regina, Cynthia, and Randi are fearless leaders whose political acumen and dedicated efforts to uplift their communities have moved the needle towards positive social change. I’m honored to have these amazing women on the Latino Victory team.” 

“Women are leading the way in 2020, and we could not be more proud to head into the most consequential election with these five tireless advocates on our side,” said Nathalie Rayes, Latino Victory Project president and CEO. “I am thrilled to welcome Erika, Christina, Regina, Cynthia, and Randi to the Latino Victory team and look forward to working with them to ensure we continue expanding Latino political power in 2020 and beyond.”

Meet the New Latino Victory Project Board of Directors: 

Dr. Erika González is the CEO & President of South Texas Allergy & Asthma Medical Professionals (STAAMP Allergy) and STAAMP Research and Chairwoman of the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. She is an Adjunct Clinical Professor in Internal Medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio and is actively involved as a community leader. She serves on the Board of Directors for Centromed, a non-profit community clinic whose mission is to offer affordable, culturally competent, and geographically accessible primary care services to medically underserved Latino Communities.

Christina Carrica Haley serves as Senior Policy Advisor at Akin Gump, where she works with U.S. companies and international organizations on issues throughout Latin America. Christina also served as the CEO of Connectiva, a strategic political consulting firm based in Washington, D.C. Before that, she was the national Latino finance director for the Hillary for America Campaign. She currently sits on the Advisory Board of Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute and as well as the Advisory Board for the U.S. Mexico Foundation.

Regina Montoya Regina Montoya is the CEO & Chairperson of Regina T. Montoya, PLLC. One of the first Latinas to earn partnership in a major corporate law firm in the United States, Ms. Montoya received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Texas Minority Counsel Program of the State Bar of Texas. Recently, the American Bar Association selected her as a recipient of the Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award.  Ms. Montoya previously served in the White House as an Assistant to the President and Director of the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs, and she was nominated by the President to serve as a U.S. Representative to the 53rd Session of the General Assembly of the United Nations.

Dr. Cynthia Telles is a Clinical Professor at the UCLA School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry. She has been the Director of the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute Spanish-Speaking Psychosocial Clinic for over three decades. Between 2010-2018, Dr. Teles served on the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars to which she was appointed by President Barack Obama. She has served as Commissioner of the City of Los Angeles for almost 20 years. During the Clinton Administration, she was appointed to the National Advisory Council of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

Randi Weingarten is president of the American Federation of Teachers, a union of 1.7 million professionals. She was elected in 2008, following twelve years as president of New York City’s United Federation of Teachers and six years as a teacher at Clara Barton High School. Weingarten spearheaded the development of Share My Lesson, the largest free collection of educational resources created by a union for educators and parents. Weingarten and the AFT lead a partnership to transform McDowell County, W.Va., one of the poorest counties in the United States, through efforts to improve the quality of education and to focus on jobs, housing, healthcare and social services. Since 2014, the AFT has led the way to invest $16 billion in pension assets in U.S. infrastructure, creating more than 100,000 jobs. Weingarten served on the congressional Equity and Excellence Commission, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Common Core Task Force, and the 2016 Democratic National Committee platform committee. Weingarten’s column “What Matters Most” appears monthly in the New York Times’ Sunday Review.

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