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Our Team

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Latino Urbanism
2018 – JAMES ROJAS

Mr. James Rojas is one of the few nationally recognized urban planners to examine U.S. Latino cultural influences on urban design and sustainability.

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Strategies and Challenges in the Retention of Latino Talent in Grand Rapids
2017 – DR. ROBERT RODRIGUEZ

Dr. Robert Rodriguez specializes in enterprise diversity strategy planning; employee resource group optimization; and Latino talent management programs.

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The Future of Ñ in Grand Rapids
2016 – DENISE SOLER COX

Denise Soler Cox is a social entrepreneur and filmmaker who produced Project Ñ, a documentary film exploring the idea that first-generation American born Latinos or ñs, share a distinct identity, shaped by their experience growing up between two cultures.

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Headshot photograph of Javier Cervantes.
Javier Cervantes

I am involved with the LCC because I want to continue to connect the dots in the community and help people reach their potential. Together, we can and will make a difference. Si se puede!

Headshot photograph of Ana Devereaux.
Ana Devereaux

Being in the LCC has allowed me to grow and contribute in the context of authentic relationships within the amazing latinx community of greater Grand Rapids. The LCC is a unique and warm group of people that has helped me find my place and is involved in thoughtful and important work that I am so proud to be a part of.

Headshot photograph of Veronica Quintino Aranda.
Veronica Quintino-Aranda

I joined the LCC because of relationship and advocacy. LCC provided me a space to build strong, authentic relationships with Latinos who’s personal mission and vision is to advocate for our Latinx community within institutions…together creating change.

 

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Sergio Cira Reyes

I joined the LCC because I believe in the enormous potential of our people and our institutions. I love steering our work toward a dignified quality of life, leading with our experience, our culture, and talent as our strengths.

Headshot photograph of Erika VanDyke.
Erika VanDyke

The LCC is how I got connected in Grand Rapids—it’s how I found my community. I stay involved because we all deserve to be surrounded by a network of people who care about us, and are working for our success in a world that so often pushes us down.

Eleanor Moreno

The Latino Community Coalition provides a place where I can just be. I can speak Spanish, great people like I would in my own family and now, to be a part of the committee means I get to offer space to the next leaders to just be who they are and bring their full selves.