About the Executive Board

Jose Barrera, State Director

Jose “JB” Barrera is a dreamer born in Michoacán Mexico. He has been a LULAC member advocating for Youth since High School. He previously served on the California LULAC Board as the Director for Young Adults. A recent graduate from the University of California Davis, Jose obtained a Bachelor’s degree in political science and Spanish. During his school years, he worked for Mercury Public Affairs gaining experience in Public Relations and now focuses his energy on Millennial issues and mentoring Youth Dreamers such as himself. With LULAC he has lobbied for a Clean Dream Act at all levels of government and pledges to continue fighting for Civil Rights through the entirety of his professional career and beyond. 

Yvonne Gonzalez Duncan, Immediate Past State Director

Yvonne was born in Chicago, IL , her mother was from Aguascalientes, MX and her father was from Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. She was Miss Mexico of the Midwest for LULAC in Chicago when she was 17 and won a trip to Mexico City. Her mother was an activist and also volunteered for LULAC in Chicago. Yvonne moved to Orange County in 1979 with her family. Yvonne has a BA degree in Behavioral Science. Most recently Yvonne worked for the US House of Representatives as a Federal Grants Manager supporting a Congresswoman in the 46th Congressional District. She worked for over 20 years as a Manager in Head Start, Health Care and as a Program Manager at Long Beach City College as a grant writer and manager in Economic Development / Workforce Development.  She joined Anaheim LULAC in 2005 and was elected California State LULAC Director on April 29, 2018. She previously was Orange County LULAC District 1 Director for 5 years.

Elizabet Zepeda, Deputy State Director


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Miriam Aguilar Escobar, Deputy State Director

Currently serves as a member of LULAC Foundation INC. where she has held several positions such as; Co-Chair, Vice-Chair, and secretary. She is the State Deputy Director for Women for State LULAC Council, and an active member of Anaheim Council. She is the founder of San Diego Education LULAC Council 3198. In addition to her service to LULAC, her activism at local, state and national levels, has proven her leadership skills in Education and civil rights. She has received several awards, such as the most recent one, Community Activism/Education given by Dr. Shirley Weber, Assemblywoman for 79 District California State Legislature (2020), California Teachers Association San Diego Service Center, Who Award for her participation as CTA State Council Minority- At- Large Representative and TLC Award for her services to English Language Learners students, as a Co-Founder of NEA ELL Caucus. She has been given Certificates of Recognition by United States Senator Barbara Boxer, Assemblywoman Lory Saldaña, and Assemblyman José Medina for her service in Education and Human rights. She is a founder of “Si Se Puede Parents Association, in Southern California and a member of Educate For the Future, among other local community services organizations.

Pete Placencia, Deputy Director for Seniors


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Susie Flores, Treasurer


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Alyssa Mireles, Deputy Director for Young Adults

Alyssa joined the California LULAC board in July of 2021. She is also Secretary for her local LULAC council, Oxnard #3147. She joined LULAC to advocate and be active in the Latino community. Her topics of interest include health, education, and civil rights. Alyssa is pursuing her Master of Public Health with a concentration in Health Management and Policy at San Diego State University. During her undergraduate years, she was part of other organizations and actively participated in her community. Also, Alyssa has previously worked with youth by providing guidance to pursue higher education and advocating on local issues. She is looking forward to continuing her work to serve the young adult councils throughout California to provide guidance and encourage participation.

Jaime Sonne-Diddi , Deputy State Director for Youth

Beatriz Mendoza, District Director 1

 

Anthony Noriega, District Director 5

 

Euler Torres, District Director 12

Philanthropist and visionary with extensive knowledge of Latino affairs in the United States. For more than five years, after having his first interaction with LULAC he became the district 11 director in 2021 and has been active in various matters that concern the community. He loves being a part of LULAC because it allows him to be the voice of the voiceless. He is also  Co-founder and CEO of LENUSA. Being part of these two organizations gives me the access to the information that our community needs.

Andrew Sandoval, District Director 12

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Sylvia Alvarez, District Director 14

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Dave Rodriguez, District Director 14

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Christian Contreras, Statewide Legal Advisor

Christian Contreras is an attorney, civil rights activists, and community leader. Christian Contreras has a robust law practice in the practice areas of civil rights, business litigation, personal injury, civil litigation, appellate litigation, trials and criminal defense. In his capacity as a lawyer, Christian Contreras also advises businesses on a range of topics including business formation, development, and compliance with state law and regulations. In addition to being a practicing attorney, Christian Contreras is also a community leader. Christian Contreras is the principal of the Christian Contreras Firm, PLC. Christian Contreras is also a partner with the civil rights firm, Guizar, Henderson & Carrazco, LLP. Christian Contreras is also a civil rights activists with Justice X. Christian Contreras currently serves on the board of directors for the East Los Angeles College Foundation, board of directors for the Protesters Defense Alliance, board of directors for the Mexican American Bar Association (“MABA”) and is general counsel to the Latino Coalition of Los Angeles. Christian Contreras was also recently appointed as California state-wide legal advisor to the League of United Latin American Citizens (“LULAC”).