Angela Saxton was born in the Midwest. After receiving her bachelor’s degree, Saxton found her passion for community organizing in her work with the DART Institute as an organizer in Florida. Saxton worked with faith communities to address key community problems, concerns and disparities. Saxton moved to Chicago to work with a Mexican American organization in the community of Pilsen Neighbors. At Pilsen Neighbors Community Council, she served as the Fault Line Organizer, organizing both the African American and Latino community around common ground issues. Furthermore, she had the opportunity to expand her work to Virginia to work for the organization Empower Hampton Roads.
Angelica Diaz was born in Houston, Texas, and she was two years old when her parents moved to Georgia. She attended Georgia State University and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science. She currently holds a broker’s license selling real estate under Keller Williams Realty. She volunteers teaching English as a second language to adults and hopes to help her community through her work and volunteering. In her free time she enjoys time with family and friends, especially if it’s going out to a good restaurant or playing guitar and singing.
Victoria Arzu is a Garifuna-Honduran-American with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science with a minor in Philosophy. Victoria is an advocate for Afro-Latino and Indigenous Latino rights with her campaign called Proyecto Mas Color. Victoria works as a Parent Engagement Outreach Coordinator with the Latin American Association. Victoria aspires to create a non-profit organization of her own, and has made the decision to dedicate her life to public service in the Latino community.
Esteban Gonzalez was born and raised in Miami-Dade County. He is the youngest of seven children born to Emigdio and Carmen Gonzalez. He graduated from Miami Central Senior High School in 1997 before going to Syracuse University where he graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in TV/Radio/Film in 2001. Esteban moved to Atlanta 2011 after living six years in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. He is currently the Benefits Outreach Manager at the Atlanta Community Food Bank and leads the statewide collaboration the Georgia Food Stamp Workgroup. Esteban has a daughter attending a school within the Atlanta Public School system who participates in Brownie Scouts and the Challenge program.
Anne Koch was born and raised in the French-speaking part of Belgium. Her interest in other languages, cultures and helping people led her to a career as a Spanish teacher. After teaching for over 10 years, she realized she wanted to help people in a more direct way. She earned a law degree from Georgia State University and became an immigration attorney. She combines her linguistic and legal training to help her clients, most of whom are Spanish-speakers, navigate the U.S. immigration system. In her free time, Anne loves to just hang out with her husband, Alan, and their Chihuahua, Simon.
Samantha Macedo is the Vice President of Prevention & Outreach at Partnership Against Domestic Violence (PADV). She received her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Georgia State University. With over 5 years of experience at PADV, Macedo has worked extensively with survivors of intimate partner violence and specializes in community outreach, prevention education, teen dating violence, and building community partnerships. Additionally, she oversees the legal advocacy program for Fulton and Gwinnett. Macedo is currently secretary on the Fulton County Family Violence Task Force and an independent contractor for the Georgia Commission on Family Violence, monitoring and evaluating Family Violence Intervention Programs.
Jorgelina F. Mamani
Jorgelina F. Mamani was born and raised in Argentina before moving to Georgia fifteen years ago. She obtained a Paralegal Certificate at Kennesaw State University in a Continuing Education Program in 2013. She currently assists attorneys at a local law firm. In the future, she aspires to pursue a college degree. In her free time, Jorgelina enjoys learning new languages, reading and listening to music.
Roger Escalante was born in Mexico and in 1997 he migrated to Dixieland. Roger has an interest in the study of governmental systems, the analysis of political issues, as well as political behavior. He received an Associates degree in Political Science at the University of North Georgia. Roger was recognized as the Outstanding Political Science Student of 2013. Mr. Escalante also has an interest in theater. He has been a part of many plays including: Ragtime, Gypsy and The Sound of Music. In his spare time Mr. Escalante enjoys reading political literature and listening to music.
Omar Rodriguez’s passion lies in higher education, law, and economics. As an advocate for higher education and political engagement, he is a first generation graduate that seeks to empower the Latino community to become more actively involved in the political process. He currently works as a Registrar Academic Advisor at the Georgia Institute of Technology where he advises students and academic advisors regarding rules, regulations, and academic policies.An Army Veteran that was born in Mexico, but raised in the Peach State. He has a Bachelor of Science in Economics from Georgia State University and is a brother of Lambda Upsilon Lambda Fraternity. He enjoys running, boxing, watching college football, and drinking coffee.
Marcela Cadavid is Colombian and moved to Georgia at the age of five. She will be receiving her Bachelors of Human Services with a concentration in Nonprofit Administration from Kennesaw State University in May. Marcela is currently interning with the Latin American Association assisting the policy director.
Jessica Sanchez was born and raised in a small town in Mexico. At the early age of 14, she moved to the United States, where she is currently pursuing her Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting at the J. Mack Robinson College of Business. There she seeks to major in Finance and minor in Communications. She is currently an Accounts Payable Intern at Invesco. Jessica aspires to become a CPA and attend law school. She is interested in furthering her understanding of law, by seeking new challenges that will allow her to contribute to her community.
Kenya Clemente was born in Mexico and has lived in Georgia since she was 5 years old. She is the oldest of 5 children and is currently a freshman at the University of North Georgia. She is studying to obtain a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing. After obtaining her Bachelors she plans to keep studying to obtain her certification as a pediatric intensive care unit nurse. Kenya is very involved in her church and likes to volunteer to help others. Her hobbies include dancing to Mexican folkloric music, playing basketball, and soccer.
Raised in Augusta, Georgia, Ian Bridgeforth’s interest in civic engagement was sparked at Georgia College & State University during an internship with his congressman. After graduating with a degree in Mass Communication, he went on to work with local and national nonprofits in New York City. In 2014, Ian founded a nonprofit, Georgia Shift, a non-partisan organization dedicated to organizing young people around the issues they care about. He is a 2015 alumnus of the New Leaders Council (Augusta Chapter) and is currently pursuing his M.A. in Design Management from the Savannah College of Art & Design.
Joel Romero was born and raised in Union City, New Jersey. He moved to Georgia in 2012. Joel works for Custom Entrance Solutions, a company that customizes window and door frames for commercial buildings. He and his wife also co-founded Bartow Hispanic Center (BHC), which is a non-profit organization that is functioning under a fiscal sponsor. BHC’s goals are to support the Hispanic community through English classes, Spanish classes, Spanish-speaking counseling services, and workshops. His goals are to start working on his Business Management degree in August, work on BHC’s 501C3 non-profit status application, and continue to work towards building more programs to support the Hispanic community and their needs. In his spare time, he volunteers his time at BHC, spends time with his wife and kids, and cheering for the Philadelphia Eagles.
Angela Mendez was born in Cali, Colombia and raised in the United States. She attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she earned her Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology. After graduating she moved to Atlanta where she began her career in the area of social services and continued her education earning a Master of Science in Professional Counseling from Georgia State University. Ms. Mendez has worked in a broad range of social service and clinical settings serving individuals across the life span in a wide range of areas including HIV/AIDS, chronic homelessness, domestic violence, and mental health. She is currently the assistant clinical director and a staff therapist at the Care and Counseling Center of Georgia.
Michelle Jones was born in Los Angeles, California and raised in the suburbs or Portland, Oregon before moving to Georgia with her family at the age of 13. By 19, she had attained her GED and was the mother of two girls. As a single mother for many years, she worked as a legal assistant in a worker’s compensation and personal injury law firm. Currently, she is a domestic engineer. In the future she aspires to be a public servant in her community. In her free time, Michelle enjoys salsa dancing, going to Braves games, and hiking with her family of five.
Omar Carillo Camacho
Omar Carrillo Camacho was born in Mexico and raised in Juchitan, Guerrero, Mexico. In 2003, he moved to Atlanta, Georgia and attended North Atlanta High School. After graduating from high school in 2007, he attended Tompkins Cortland Community College and graduated with an associate degree in Mathematics and Sciences. He is currently completing a five-years plumbing apprenticeship to become a licensed plumber. In the future, Omar dreams to complete his bachelor degree and plans to make a difference among his community . In his free time, he likes reading news articles, playing with siblings, and listening ballads in Spanish and English.
Monica Ortiz is originally from Mexico City. Monica moved to the United States at the age of nine and has been residing in the city of Marietta Georgia ever since. Monica is a second year student at Georgia State University Perimeter College, where she is working on her business administration degree. She plans on transferring to Oglethorpe University where she will continue to pursue her degree. At the moment she is the coordinator for her young adult group at Saint Joseph Catholic Church. Monica enjoys hiking, chasing waterfalls, and serving the community. In her future, Monica visualizes her self as the owner of her own business company.
Sergio was born and raised in Colombia before moving to the United States with his family at age 11. He attended the University of Georgia where he graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts before attending the University of Georgia School of Law where he earned his Juris Doctorate in 2015. Sergio began his legal career at Morgan & Morgan in the summer of 2015. He currently represents Georgia, injured Hispanic workers on their workers’ compensation claims. Sergio is a black belt in JiuJitsu and enjoys training and competing across the world in his free time.
Jacqueline Peña was born in Los Angeles, California and has since relocated to the heart of humidity known as Atlanta, Georgia. While tackling her undergrad, Jacqueline found interest in finance and was determined to accomplish a degree in Economics. Currently, she is an independent business owner for a network marketing company. She is pursuing her business and envisions creating her own commodity trading company. Jacqueline can be found enjoying the luxury of life by exploring different cultures, volunteering and frivolously writing about herself in third person.
Kayla Almazan was born in California and lived in Mexico for five years before moving to Dalton, Georgia. After graduating from high school, she majored in Criminal Justice and graduated from Dalton State College with a Bachelor’s of Science in Criminal Justice and minors in English and Psychology in the spring of 2015. She served on the Student Government Association and studied abroad in China in May of 2014. She currently serves as an AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) at Eastbrook Middle School in Dalton. She enjoys reading and spending time with family and friends.
Rafael Olavarría was born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela. Forced to leave his country due to political persecution he started a new life in Atlanta in April 2014. He was leader of the Venezuelan Students Movement, former President of the International Studies School at the Universidad Central de Venezuela where he got his Bachelor’s degree. He is a certified radio broadcaster and public speaker with international experience. He’s also a passionate musician and loves karaoke.
Hector Gutierrez was born in Montevideo, Uruguay. He was raised for the most part in Uruguay and moved to Georgia at the age of 18. After one year of High School in Georgia he joined the military, and was deployed to Afghanistan in 2009-2010, he was honorably discharged from the military in 2012 after serving six years. He attended Kennesaw State University where he received two Bachelor’s degrees one in History and another one in Spanish, graduating in 2014. After graduating Hector joined Teach for America, and currently is a bilingual educator at Unidos Dual language Charter School in Forest Park. Currently, Hector is pursuing his Master in Education at Georgia State University. In his free time Hector enjoys his wife and daughter and reading books on Latin American Studies.
Naretsi Rosas was born in Mexico City. Her family moved to the United States when she was 12 years old. She attended Kennesaw State University and graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology. She currently works as a tissue processing technician and research associate at MiMedx, a biotech company in Marietta. Naretsi is also enrolled as a part time student at Chattahoochee Tech, where she aims to complete the requirements for nursing school. Her future endeavors include becoming a registered nurse and working in clinical research. During her leisure time, Naretsi enjoys painting, craft making and volunteering in community health fairs.
Mauricio Raul Sanchez
Mauricio Raul Sanchez is currently pursuing his bachelor’s degree in computer engineering at Kennesaw State University. He is furthering his entrepreneur skills as a business owner of a computer repair business. His past professional experiences includes working in the financial sector at Wells Fargo and the technical field in AT&T and Cricket Wireless. His future ambitions are to pursue his master’s degree at Georgia Tech and expand his computer business. Mauricio has a passion for learning, traveling, and making a difference.
Evelyn Thomas is Vice President of Gwinnett County Young Democrats. She has been actively involved in politics for over 8 years, with her first internship with Rep. Cynthia McKinney. Evelyn received her undergraduate degree from Georgia State University, B.A. in Political Science-International Affairs Concentration, and currently receiving her Master’s of Science in Organizational Leadership at Brenau University. In addition, she is an executive committee member for the Gwinnett County Democratic party and has her own political news blog Eve’s Politics.
Ketzi Hernandez was born in Jaral del Progresso, Guanajuato, Mexico before moving to the U.S at the age of three. As a certified Digital Marketing Consultant for the Radio Advertising Bureau, Ketzi currently works as the National Marketing Coordinator for Univision Communications Inc. She is a passionate advocate for the Latino community and is involved with several organizations that contribute to the professional development of Latinas through empowerment and education. On her spare time she enjoys helping the less fortunate around Atlanta through varies nonprofit organizations and spending time with her two kids; Joseph and Valeria.
My name is Daniela Calderon I am originally from Morelia Michoacán, Mexico. In 2009 I moved to Atlanta Georgia and graduated as the senior of the year of 2014 nominated by AJC. I am currently a full time student at Georgia State University majoring in Nursing and Social Work. I am also part of the Student Government Association where I served as the secretary. Working at Mentor Me North GA Inc. has been a life changing experience where I work as the program support. I’m very involved in church where I help as one of the coordinators for the young adult group.