LCF Leadership Team

Our success is directly attributed to leadership, expertise, and visionary insight of this team. 
Learn more about the dynamic individuals leading the way to a stronger community. 

Finance and Capacity Building Team



Lilliane Ballesteros
Executive Director

Lilliane is a development and fundraising professional who has worked with nonprofits in Seattle and her hometown, Los Angeles. Lilliane works to communicate LCF’s broad vision and increase resources to benefit the community. 



 Alejandra Tres
 Senior Strategist  

Alejandra Tres is Senior Strategist and brings her decades of advocacy, organizing, research, and leadership experience to forward LCF's community-led systemic change. Alejandra is thrilled to work alongside  committed, talented, and tenacious community leaders and organizers. She believes that the best solutions are community-led solutions and that anyone, regardless of the details of their background, can be a changemaker.



Salomon Gonzalez
Finance and Grants Supports Specialist

Salomon is from Michoacán, Mexico and is a first-generation college graduate. He graduated from Pacific Lutheran University with a Bachelors in Business Administration and a minor in Hispanic Studies in 2018. He is responsible for the internal finances and works closely with LCF's fiscally sponsored groups. He grew up in south King County and enjoys hiking and playing fútbol.



Margot Spindola
Community Grants and Contracts Coordinator

Margot is a first generation Mexican-American and a graduate from Whitworth University with experience in civic engagement and development, family immigration processes and rights, and Census organizing in her home of Benton and Franklin County. Her work ensures that LCF's state-wide partner organizations are successful in carrying out the 2020 Census objectives while cultivating empowerment and leadership within our communities. She believes Latinos deserve a seat at the table and enjoys working with LCF to make sure our voices are bolstered and heard.


Deserea Brito
Executive/Operations Assistant

Deserea currently serves as Executive/Operations Assistant at the Latino Community Fund. In this role, she assists the Executive Director and provides administrative, operations fundraising, and board support. Before coming to the Latino Community Fund worked as a Project Coordinator at the Nancy Bell Evans Center on Nonprofit & Philanthropy, where she supported leadership programs for nonprofit professionals and social entrepreneurs. She continues to serve as a Leadership Seminar Chair for Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership, inspiring youth to create social change through services to their communities. Deserea holds a Masters of Public Administration in Nonprofit Management from the Evans School of Public Policy & Governance at the University of Washington and received her Bachelors in Foreign Service from Georgetown University. 


Healthy Families Team

Luzmila Freese
Program Manager – Health and Economic Empowerment

Luzmila manages LCF’s Economic Empowerment and Healthy Latino Family Initiatives, both of which focus on creating and establishing long terms solutions to address deeply rooted problems affecting underserved Latino communities. She has been leading efforts to foster relationships between underrepresented communities and governmental institutions, increase awareness about existing socio-economic disparities, and elevating the role of promotoras in community-based interventions. With a background in international non-profit organizations and companies, she joined LCF in 2018. Luzmila holds a dual Master’s degree in Sustainable International Development and Conflict Resolution and Coexistence from the Heller School of Social Policy at Brandeis University.



Maria Martinez
Health Program Coordinator

Maria is the Program Coordinator for the Healthy Latino Families Initiative. In her role, she supports various projects that address food insecurity, unequal access to healthcare services, and food safety and pollution. She is responsible for the administrative aspects of the projects and for the organization of effective community engagement activities. María is deeply invested in education and community work; she believes that engaging in meaningful conversations and listening with purpose are critical to understand the needs and challenges of the Latino community. She joined LCF in September of 2019; the same year in which she received her Bachelor of Arts in Education, Community and Organization from the University of Washington.



Economic Program Team


Angela Soto
Economic Empowerment Program Coordinator

Angela is the Economic Empowerment Program Coordinator in LCF. She works with small Latino business owners to identify opportunities for empowerment, and raise understanding about the different labor ordinances established by the City of Seattle. She coordinates and manages the development and implementation of activities aimed to increase community engagement, and build leadership within the Latino community. Before joining LCF she has been working with Latino communities, building capacity at the individual and community level in areas related to tenants and worker’s rights, health, and technology through outreach, advocacy, and education. Her experience spans over eight years in marketing and communication. Born in Lima, Peru, Angela holds a Bachelor of Arts in Management from the University of San Ignacio de Loyola. Additionally, Angela is a seasoned radio host, who enjoys keeping our Latino community aware of the different social services and resources available and bringing positive change.



Environmental Program Team


Micaela Razo
Program Manager for Central Washington

Micaela has lived in Yakima County for most of her life where she involves herself with community organizations to make a positive change. She is known for her effective workshops, outreach planning, community engagement and developing civic leadership. Micaela resides in Yakima with her two daughters, golden retriever Sadie and sassy cat.


Civic Engagement and Policy Team


Oskar Zambrano
Director of Civic Engagement and Advocacy

Oskar has his roots as a community organizer since 1994 fighting California's Prop 187. Ever since he's been advocating in the community to ensure that disenfranchised communities are civically engaged and their voices get heard.


Giovanni Severino
Lead Central Washington Community Organizer
Giovanni Severino is a passionate activist and is an advocate for social justice. He was born and raised in South Los Angeles, CA. While he lived in LA, he participated in multiple marches such as The May Day March, and the Occupy LA March. His family moved to Yakima, WA when he was 17 years of age. Since then, he has engaged in community efforts to improve the livelihood for marginalized communities in the area. He attended Yakima Valley College where he earned an Associate's in Arts and served as the ASYVC Director of Student Programs 2015-2016. He is a recent graduate from Central Washington University where he earned his Bachelor's of Science in Political Science. He served as the ASCWU Student Body President 2017-2018, and as a Co-Chair for MEChA de CWU. He is excited to be part of Latino Community Fund to ensure that all communities get the representation they deserve. 
Cristina Ortega
Community Organizer for Civic Engagement and Advocacy
As a grassroots movement builder based in central Washington, Cristina has worked on several projects including Census work, farmworkers issues, Immigrants rights, LGBTQ+ rights and more. She is an experienced fundraiser, having raised over thousands of funds for community programs. Cristina remains an advocate for the most vulnerable and pulls her community up when most needed. #LaLuchaSigue

Alianza Youth Leadership Program Team



Merivet Lombera
Alianza Statewide Coordinator

Merivet is a first-generation college student at Central Washington University, where she studies Psychology and Communication. She first got involved with Latino Community Fund in 2015 through the Alianza leadership program, where she continues to develop youth leadership in Yakima. In her free time, Merivet enjoys running and reading non-fiction books. 


Tanya Medina
Youth Leadership and Advocacy Organizer

Tanya is a first generation graduate from Central Washington University. She was born and raised in the King County area where she shares a passion of giving back and becoming a voice for King County communities and all Washington State communities. She has been involved in activism work and held leadership roles through MEChA, United We Dream, Washington Sin Fronteras, and being the Vice Chair for the City of Kent's Multicultural Committees Board. In addition she is a youth advocate and has heavily been involved with youth led work as Tanya believes youth have a powerful voice, movement and she believes youth leaders can impact the future of our communities. 


Alianza Leadership Program Fellows

Lizbeth Rivera

Alianza Youth Organizer


Silvia Leija

Communications Fellow

Silvia was raised in Yakima, WA and is currently a Western Washington University undergraduate pursuing an Interdisciplinary Concentration (BA) in "Community Narratives Through Digital Media", as well as minors in Education and Social Justice. Public Relations, and Honors Interdisciplinary Studies. She plans to work with nonprofits and the sports industry to provide education and sports opportunities to students of color.  She is enrolled both at Fairhaven College and the Western Washington University Honors Program.


Juan Ibarra

Alianza Youth Fellow

Juan is from Mount Vernon, Washington and is currently pursuing a BS in Psychology and a minor in Nutritional Sciences with the end goal of achieving his masters in Kinesiology.  He hopes to one day open up his own practice so that he can give back to his community by helping people rehab their injuries and achieving their fitness goals. Juan applied to become an Alianza fellow because he wanted to be a part of a project greater than himself and looks forward to helping advocate for the youth.  He hopes to be able to inspire youth to be the change they want to see in their communities and motivate them to achieve their goals.


Barbara Medina 

Alianza Youth Fellow 

Barbara Griscelda Medina Prieto lives in Seattle and is originally from Guanajuato, Mexico. She attended Seattle University and received  a degree in Humanities for Teaching and Mechanical Engineering. She applied for the Alianza fellowship to work with folks that live up to the LCF vision, expand her Latinx network and more than anything to work with youth to shine a spotlight on all the potential they have. While at LCF she hopes to positively contribute to a statewide organization that amplifies the leadership of young People of Color. She hopes to make a positive impact on young people's lives as well as her own through the connections and things that she will learn from this experience. 


Luis Patino Arce 

Alianza Youth Fellow

Luis Patino-Arce is a recent CWU grad! He majored in law and justice with a minor in global wine trade. While at CWU he fell in love with social justice and decided that this was one way he would be able to give back to those who have helped him. He applied to become an Alianza fellow because this is  a great way to continue giving back to his community and help those who are in need. While at LCF he hopes to be able to gain new professional skills and connections to help grow his career and grow as a person. He loves the work that he’s done and will continue to do it while meeting new people along the way! 


Estephanie Guzman 

Alianza Youth Fellow 

Stephanie is from Michoacan, Mexico, she graduated from the University of Washington Bothell with a Bachelor of Arts in Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies. Stephanie applied for the Alianza fellowship because she is passionate about Social Justice, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and Civic Engagement. She wants to use her privilege of going to college to give back to her community and youth by sharing resources with them whether it is fighting for their rights, or navigating higher education. She's here to support, to get them represented by giving them the resources they need to help them get through a system that was not designed for people of color to succeed. Stephanie hopes to achieve hands-on experience in civic engagement and learn more ways to support environmental justice and climate justice. 


Sheila Avila 

Alianza Youth Fellow 

Sheila Jocelyne Avila is originally from the Southern California San Bernardino Valley and has resided in Washington state for a decade now. Sheila is the oldest of six siblings and is a first generation college graduate from Central Washington University with a BA in Sociology. During her undergraduate she was involved in student led organizations where she learned how to do community outreach, student mobilizing, direct action activism, and voter registration. She was also involved with ASCWU student government and often volunteered for the Diversity and Equity Center. During her time at CWU she became influenced by her older peers about social justice, civic engagement, voter suppression, gender discrimination, and many other topics. Sheila first became involved with Alianza last year when she attended the Alianza youth summit and applied to the Alianza fellowship because she believes that she can have an impact on youths' lives by sharing her story of resiliency. Sheila is excited to be a part of the fellowship because she wants to help establish a youth led program that will give youth in the Yakima Valley hope and more options for their future.

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