Jacob Sandoval has been part of LULAC since 2017 and owns a small business in Salinas, CA. He has previously served as Deputy State Director and Treasurer on CA LULAC board. Jacob served on his LULAC council in different roles as Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary. He is passionate about making positive change in the community and currently serves as School Board President for the Santa Rita Union School District, which is the same school district, he attended. He graduated from UC Santa Barbara with a BA in Chicano(a) Studies in 2004.
Alyssa Mireles, a proud native of Oxnard, California, and a first-generation graduate, recently earned her Master of Public Health in Health Management and Policy from SDSU. Having previously served as Deputy State Director for Young Adults, she also is currently Secretary for Oxnard Council #3147. She joined LULAC in 2020 driven by a passion for advocacy and active engagement in the Latino community, with a particular focus on key issues such as health, education, and civil rights.
In her professional role as an Admin. Specialist at the UCLA Center for Health Services and Society of the Semel Institute, she plays a pivotal role, in providing essential administrative assistance to the Center Director. She actively contributes to research efforts on center projects. Committed to persistent service, she aims to contribute continually to LULAC and councils across California, providing guidance and fostering enthusiastic participation.
Jose Barrera is a dreamer from Michoacán Mexico. He’s the first in his family to graduate from college having studied at UC Davis, he uses his public affairs experience to focus on modern issues that affect Latinos from a grassroots perspective. Jose joined LULAC in high school, and has served in multiple roles, including the California LULAC Director for Young Adults, then Deputy Director, then State Director before being elected to National VP this year.
Elizabeth has been in LULAC for over ten years. She has dedicated herself to serving her community working. Elizabeth is addressing the needs of the most vulnerable including farm workers, low-income working families, and the immigrant and homeless sectors. Her focus is helping folks with DACA Renewals, citizenship, know your rights, and more.
Miriam is the founder of San Diego LULAC Council #3198. She has received several awards including a Community Activism/Education Award presented by Dr. Shirley Weber (Assemblywoman CA District 79, 2020), an award for participation in State Council Minority- At- Large Representative given by California Teachers Association's San Diego Service Center, and a TLC Award for her services to English Language Learners, and Co-Founder of NEA ELL Caucus. Miriam has recognized by Senator Barbara Boxer, Assemblywoman Lory Saldaña, and Assemblyman José Medina for her service in Education and Human rights. She founded “Si Se Puede" Parent's Association, in Southern CA and is a member of Educate for the Future, and other local community service orgs. Miriam is a past Co-chair, Vice-chair, and Secretary for CA LULAC Foundation Inc.
Isabella Castro is a recent UCLA graduate with a BA in Political Science and International Relations. She started off as a CA LULAC Intern and quickly showed her leadership skills by serving as Director of Publicity for CA LULAC and now serves as Deputy State Director for Young Adults. Isabella was presented with a Silver Presidental Service Award in 2017 for over 175 hours of service in an academic year. At UCLA she helped fundraise over $11,000 for nonprofits Prevent Child Abuse America and Kidsave. She is passionate about giving back to her local community and has volunteered for local campaigns in Oxnard, led leadership retreats for youth, regularly served at her local homeless shelter, library, hospital, and community arts center. She is looking forward to continuing to serve the LULAC community as she persues graduate school.
A native Californian, Jaime grew up in Santa Ana and studied at CSU, Long Beach, where she earned a B.A. and M.A. in Spanish. She has been teaching Spanish for 28 years in Santa Ana and loves working with the youth of her hometown. She has been a member of Santa Ana LULAC #147 for approximately 20 years and serves as Advisor to the Segerstrom H.S. LULAC youth council #2081. Jaime looks forward to continued community involvement, advocacy and leadership development among the youth membership, while remaining connected and committed to the LULAC familia.
Arturo Torres Montiel comes from Tabasco, Mexico, and studied industrial engineering at the University of Guadalajara. Later, he ventured to the US, securing a five-year contract at the world's largest food company, “Kraft Foods.” However, when Kraft decided to relocate to Wisconsin, Arturo’s family chose not to follow the company. Consequently, he embarked on an entrepreneurial journey alongside his children, forming the musical group “Los Malandrines,” which saw remarkable success. Arturo and the Los Malandrines band started a charitable initiative setting aside a portion of their annual tour earnings to purchase toys, initiating the event "Posada Con Los Malandrines." This event spanned a decade, distributing over 150,000 toys to children in the San Joaquin Valley, aiming to share joy with those in need. Since 2016, Arturo has been an active member of LULAC. Presently, he serves as the president of CA LULAC Council #3273 in the San Joaquin Valley, California, while also contributing at the state level as the Deputy Director of Seniors.
Being born in Oxnard, California, Nathan Castillo is committed to serving his community. Currently, he is pursuing his Bachelor of Science in Public Policy at ASU. He is the current vice president of Young Adults for LULAC’s Oxnard chapter 3187 and sits on the board for their local foundation. Since becoming a member in 2022, Nathan has served as a policy intern for California LULAC and the state’s Environmental Justice Liaison. As well as being named as National Young Man of the Year, he has also been awarded California Young Man of year and was apart of CA LULAC Council #3289 when they won National Council of the Year in 2022.
Christian Contreras is an attorney, civil rights activist, and community leader. He has a robust law practice in the areas of civil rights, business litigation, personal injury, civil litigation, appellate litigation, trials and criminal defense. Christian is the principal of the Christian Contreras Firm, PLC. He is also a partner with the civil rights firm, Guizar, Henderson & Carrazco, LLP. Christian is also a civil rights activist with Justice X. He currently serves on the board of directors for the East Los Angeles College Foundation, the 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. He serves as California LULAC's state-wide legal advisor.
Tony is from Anaheim, CA and graduated from UC Davis in the Spring of 2018. Soon after he was selected by the Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute (CHLI) to be one of five young Latinos from across America selected to come to Washington, DC through a fellowship. I currently work with my hometown Congressman, Congressman Lou Correa. He works for his office as a full-time Congressional Staffer.
Anthony J. Noriega served three year in the United States Army during the Viet Nam era and went on to serves a 25-year career as a Federal Civilian employee, 15 years which were spent as a Human Resource Specialist at Los Angeles Air Force Base (LAAFB), In 2005, he went on to culminate his Federal service as a Civilian Personnel Advisor at March Air Reserve Base for 4th Air Force Reserve Commander, Major General Robert E. Duignan, overseeing 22,000 personnel across 21 Air Forces bases.
Since January 2021, Noriega has been Director District 5 de Inland Empire working tirelessly supporting the district councils and community. Beyond his many official state and local duties, he actively engages in LULAC activities, events, and projects, embodying the organization's mission of inclusivity and economic empowerment. education advancement while emphasizing his commitment to positive change and community engagement.
Angel was born and raised in Woodville Labor Camp, California (Central Valley). He has worked in the Indian health field with a vision of serving everyone with dignity and respect, and leading change in Indian healthcare systems. Starting as Chief Operating Officer for the Tule River Indian Health Clinic-Tule River Indian Reservation, and eventually serving as the CEO of the Bakersfield American Indian Health Project an Urban Indian Health Center. Angel earned his Master’s in Administration Organizational Leadership from Fresno Pacific University, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminology with an emphasis in Victimology from California State University Fresno. His talents in leadership combined with his education has led to significant achievements in Indian Health Services. Angel is married, has three children: two daughters and a son. The family participates actively in church, is involved in youth sports, and community activities.
Aidee M. Farias (she/ella), MBA was born and raised in Salinas California and is a first-generation college graduate from migrant farmworkers. Aidee is currently the Deputy Director for the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) a leading national nonprofit aimed at diversifying the STEM enterprise. Aidee has worked for California community colleges and adult education consortia supporting grant management, strategic planning, and research efforts. Aidee is multilingual in Spanish and German and received her Master’s in Business Administration from Monterey Institute of International Studies (Middlebury College), and dual Bachelor of Arts degrees in Global and International Studies, and German Language and Literature from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Dave is a 41 year member whose past service to LULAC includes National Vice President for five western states, State Director in both Arizona and California, and various local offices. He also served on LULAC's National Board of Directors for 12 years. His interest in politics began when he volunteered in the 1968 Presidential Campaign of Bobby Kennedy. He subsequently served in the Arizona House of Representatives and was active in several statewide political campaigns where he was instrumental in the election of Arizona's first Latino Governor. For his achievements in defending Civil Rights, he was awarded the LULAC National Cesar Chavez Award and the Othli Medal from the Government of Mexico for his service to immigrants living in the U.S. Dave currently serves as Chair of the California LULAC Foundation and as a member of the organization's State Board.
Maria was born in Yuba City, California, and a resident of Sacramento. She earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration-Management and a Masters Degree in Public Administration. She recently retired from the State of California, Department of Public Health, as Division Branch Chief of the Licensing and Certification of Health Care Facilities responsible for all state fiscal, contract, legislative and business operations of the Division. She helped form and is currently a member of the Sacramento Folsom Boulevard Coalition responsible for community and traffic safety improvements. She is one of the original founders of Sacramento’s LULAC Council 2862, and she is currently the Council’s president.
Danny has a long record of community service including serving his country as a U.S. Marine right out of high school. He was honorably discharged as a Sergeant with one tour of duty .
He is a past District 17 LULAC District Director and currently is the President for Council #3308, the SanBuenaVentura Council.
He has served and serves on several non-profit board of directors throughout Ventura County. He has lived in Ventura County for almost his entire life.
He continues fighting the good fight for working people and communities of color., He retired as a Regional Director of SEIU Local 721.