Dallas, TX: The Latino Center for Leadership Development (the LCLD) has selected 15 individuals to participate in the 2017-2018 class after receiving more than 100 applications from all over the country. Our previous two classes have met with four former presidents of three different countries, one sitting president and have heard from 102 different speakers. Five of our fellows have run for elected office and four have won. Eleven serve on a board or commission and all are involved in their communities.
“You would think it gets easier after three years to select leadership academy candidates” states the LCLD Founder Jorge Baldor, “but every year we open our application for the academy, the level of caliber from applicants that apply is matched to previous years or exceeded. We are excited to start our third cohort with these exemplary individuals, who have already demonstrated a commitment to giving back to their communities, as they hone their skills through the leadership academy to create innovative solutions that address Latino issues.”
Participants of the Academy will engage in quarterly trainings and network with leaders in sectors such as municipal and state government, business, education, media, politics, and many others.
The LCLD President, Miguel Solis states, “We wanted to ensure we selected a class that continued the high-standard set by our previous two classes, and this class didn’t fall short by any means. Individuals in this cohort are already fighting for workers and immigrants rights, have empowered students in their local communities, one has led a TED talk, and have impacted their communities through local, state and federal appointed offices and boards”
The Leadership Academy is an educational and leadership training program aimed at providing promising leaders with a set of knowledge, skills, experiences, and networks necessary to assume and succeed in positions of impact with a focus on policy-making roles and elected office.
The LatinoCLD Leadership Academy Class for 2017-2018 (Read their bios here):
Government and Public Affairs Associate at ECA Strategies
Founder and attorney at the Law Office of Eduardo Carranza
Grand Prairie, TX
Founder and attorney at the Law Office of Jasmit Dhaliwal-Perez
Senior Director at the American Heart Association, Southwest Affiliate
Founder and attorney at the Law Office of Amanda Gallegos
Senior Campaign Manager for the Light the Night Campaign
San Antonio, TX
Director of Data and Evaluation at The National CASA Association
Interim Director of the Employment and Legal Services Program at Workers Defense Project
Democratic Pool Analyst at the New Mexico State Legislature
Graduate Research Assistant at the University of New Mexico Center for Education Policy Research
Nicanor (Nick) Pesina, Jr
Attorney and partner at Roberts & Roberts, P.C
Candidate for Texas State House of Representatives House District 102
Founder and attorney at the Ramos Law PLLC and El Centro College Government Professor
Assistant District Attorney of Dallas for Dallas County Criminal Court #9
Associate at Winstead P.C.
Director of Innovation for the Mayor of the City of Long Beach, California, Robert Garcia
Long Beach, CA
Behavioral Health Care Assistant at Children’s Health
The Latino Center for Leadership Development was formed to create a pipeline of leaders and ideas through a year-long leadership academy for aspiring policy makers and thinkers, a policy institute that offers grants to researchers and a two-year fellowship for postdoctoral scholars, and a set of strategic initiatives for community members to help address current challenges faced by Latinos.