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Tony

Cultural Events Director

Tony Arreaza

aarreaza@latinamericancoalition.org

980-498-2927

MY CULTURE

I am from Venezuela. I have been living in Charlotte since 1993 and am married to a beautiful woman from Cuba.

MY IMPACT

I organize five annual cultural events that raise community awareness of Latino culture and I strive to make Charlotte a cooler, more diverse city.

 
M. Stefania

Administrative Relief Coordinator

M. Stefania Arteaga

marteaga@latinamericancoalition.org

704-941-2542

MY CULTURE

I was born in San Salvador, El Salvador and was brought to the states at age 6. I have been living in Charlotte for the past 9 years. 

MY IMPACT

I inform community members about deferred action and help them prepare their paperwork. 

 
Adriana

Bookkeeper

Adriana Farfan

accountant@latinamericancoalition.org

704-941-2558

MY CULTURE

I am from Cuba and I love seeing how Charlotte has become a richer and more diverse city since I moved here in 1999.

MY IMPACT

I strive to provide professional service to immigrants in the Charlotte area by understanding their culture and background. 

 
José

Executive Director

José Hernández-Paris

Jhparis@latinamericancoalition.org

704-531-3845

MY CULTURE

I was born in Colombia and raised in Charlotte; therefore, I self-identify as a Charlottean of Hispanic descent.

MY IMPACT

I interpret the Board's vision and provide guidance and support to staff and volunteers to fulfill the organizational mission.

 
Faith

Worker Center Coordinator

Faith Josephs

fjosephs@latinamericancoalition.org

704-941-2559

MY CULTURE

I am from Philadelphia, PA, where my family has lived for generations yet I have chosen North Carolina as my home.

MY IMPACT

I work to assist, educate and advocate for workers.

 
Isael

Immigrant Welcome Center Coordinator

Isael Mejia

imejia@latinamericancoalition.org

704-941-2550

MY CULTURE

I was born in Mexico in a very small town and moved to North Carolina at 6 years old. I came here with my family in 1992 and have lived in the Charlotte area where I attended UNCC. 

MY IMPACT

I help to inform and connect Latinos with the resources available to them in the community and to organize el pueblo with long-term stability, civic, and economic participation in Charlotte.

 
Joanna

Immigrant Welcome Center Director

Joanna Rivera

jrivera@latinamericancoalition.org

704-941-6731

MY CULTURE

I am a proud Colombiana. I came to Charlotte in 2000 seeking better opportunities and a more peaceful place to start my family.

MY IMPACT

I make sure people are informed about all the resources, opportunities, support and services available in the Charlotte community.

 
Whitney

Director of Development and Strategic Initiatives

Whitney Smith

wsmith@latinamericancoalition.org

704-941-2544

MY CULTURE

I am a native North Carolinian. I am a mix of small town roots and a global perspective.

MY IMPACT

I tell compelling stories about the needs in our community and the critical work that we do to address those needs.

 
Maritza

New Americans Coordinator

Maritza Solano-Rodriguez

msolano@latinamericancoalition.org

704-941-2553

MY CULTURE

I am from Colombia and was born in a city that is 2,600 meters closer to the stars.

MY IMPACT

With my family, I came to the United States 7 years ago. Working for two years with Americorps awoke in me the passion to serve and help my community. I know that together, we can go far. My community needs people who want to help them and that's where I want to focus my work.

 
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