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. 



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.




Peter Barrios
Finance and Operations Manager

Peter Barrios is a graduate of Masters of Public Administration from the Evans School at UW. Originally from Los Angeles, he moved to Seattle to and advance his education and engage in the new community. With a background in Finance and Human Services, as well as experience with implementing Performance Management at the Mayor's Office in Seattle, Peter comes to LCF to develop new strategies to support LCF's growth and expansion. He is excited to find new ways to develop systems to support LCF's financial and operational activities, as well supporting the fiscal sponsors LCF serves and works with everyday. 



Salomon Gonzalez
Finance and Grants Supports Specialist

Salomon was born in Michoacán, Mexico but grew up in Burien for almost 15 years. He is a first generation college graduate. Salomon recently graduated with a bachelors in Business Administration and minor in Hispanic Studies. He is excited to start working with Latino Community Fund because he believes in their vision and shares the same passion of supporting and advocating the Latino population in WA State. He is familiar with helping others since he has been involved with nonprofits for many years. He wants to apply new ideas and actions to support our communities through the lens of someone who grew up in the South Seattle area.



Marisol Morales
Communications and Development Coordinator

Marisol is a daughter of Mexican immigrant parents, raised in San Jose, California and moved to Washington in June 2016 because of her fascination with the culture, technology, and art scene of Seattle. Marisol is excited to apply her ten years of experience in the nonprofit sector and new skills learned in the Digital Technology and Cultures Degree program at Seattle University to deliver services, support, resources, and connected learning opportunities to families and professionals through digital media tools that are interactive, accessible, and user-friendly. She is currently a part-time graduate student pursuing a Master in Communication in Digital Media degree at the University of Washington. In her spare time she serves as a board member for EchoX, a cross-community and cross-generational initiative, leverages the power and ubiquity of the internet and social media to amplify our region's ethnic communities' voices. 


Luzmila Freese
Health and Economic Empowerment Manager | Healthy Latino Families Initiative and Economic Empowerment Initiative







Monica Salmoran
Benefits Enrollment Counselor

Monica is passionate about helping those in need and is working towards becoming a Registered Nurse. She helps provide Benefits Enrollment services through the Healthy Latino Families Initiative. 



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.


Susy Lopez
Youth Leadership Development and Advocacy Coordinator

Susana was born in Fresno, California and raised in Woodburn, Oregon, she moved to Seattle  with the purpose of exploring Seattle's Art and culture. Growing up Susana has been very involved with the farmworking community, she grew up working in the fields with her parents and began doing work and advocating for her rights. Susana is very proud of her roots and her community, she enjoys spending time with her family.



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.




Merivet Lombera
Youth Organizer for Central Washington

Merivet lives in Yakima WA along with her mom and two younger siblings Eli and Angel. She 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 program where she continues to develop her nonprofit leadership. In her free time, Merivet enjoys running, reading non-fiction books and spending time with her loved ones.


Giovanni Severino
Community Organizer for Civic Engagement & Advocacy for Central Washington
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. 


Silvia Leija
Alianza Youth Organizer Fellow

Silvia is a Western Washington University undergraduate working toward an Interdisciplinary Concentration (BA) in Child Psychology and Education, as well as a minor in Education and Social Justice and a minor in Raza Latina Studies. She plans to work with nonprofits and school districts to enact better education policy. She is enrolled both at Fairhaven College and the Western Washington University Honors Program.

Currently, Silvia is a member of several on-campus groups where she holds leadership positions: Budget Coordinator 2019-2020 of Blue Group (Undocumented Students Support Group), Founder of the Honors Students of Color Board at the Western Washington University Honors Program, Off-campus Outreach 2019-2020 of the Latinx Student Union at WWU. She is also a member and coach for the Ready to Rise Program, a Scholarship 1000 recipient through College Success Foundation, and a Washington Apple Education Foundation Scholarship recipient. 



Carlos Rojo
Alianza Youth Organizer Fellow

Carlos is an undocumented Mexican American student studying at the University of Washington Bothell majoring in Law, Economic, and Public Policy. Carlos works at the Latino Community Fund (LCF) as a Alianza Youth Organizer Fellow, where he works with Latino students to build skills, civic engagement and advocacy. He has been involved in several communities in Washington and has done anything from taking part in protests to speaking with representatives in Olympia. Carlos was born and raised in Tijuana, Baja California Mexico and went to the US for school. He has a passion for helping others in need and has an interest in politics wanting to inspire other Latinos to be involved in leadership, social justice, and business.

Lizbeth Rivera

Alianza Youth Organizer Fellow




Hi, my name is Tux!


Birthdate: August 28, 2018

Breed: Schipperke

Favorite Toys: Stuffed toys, especially his toy squirrel in an acorn

Favorite Playtime: Chasing, playing, and biting his older brother Lennox, the German Shepard

Doggie Superpower: Doesn’t realize he’s only 4 pounds; thinks he’s a giant dog and can take on any dog.

Tricks: Sit, Stay, Down, Bark, and somewhat potty trained. Also knows how to look cute to tell you he’s hungry

Why do you like LCF?: I'm the new mascot at LCF. I like LCF because it’s challenging the conception of philanthropy and non-profit work. Between the programs we run, our relationships with the community and funders, and how we operate as a team, LCF consistently integrates our backgrounds and unique experiences into our daily work. What all of this does is that it sets us apart as an authentic organization and creates an image where others can see that LCF remembers where we came from and is not willing to lose that spirit, even as we grew from a small team with a few employees into a multifaceted organization that is ready to challenge the institutionalized wrongdoings in our society.

Social Media Hashtags: #Vote4Tux #TeamTux









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