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 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.



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.


Healthy Families Team

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. 



Maria Martinez
Healty Latino Familiy Initiative Coordinator




Economic Program Team


Angela Soto Loncharich
Economic Empowerment Program Coordinator




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


Alianza Youth Leadership Program Team



Merivet Lombera
Statewide Alianza Youth Organizer

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 Hernandez
Alianza 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. 



Silvia Leija
Alianza Youth Organizer Communications Fellow

Silvia is a Western Washington University undergraduate working toward an Interdisciplinary Concentration (BA) in Communications, Media Relations and Narratives, 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.

Lizbeth Rivera
Alianza Youth Organizer Fellow


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