Staff

Latino Community Fund 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 Ballesteros

Executive Director

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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.

Luis Fernando Ramirez Limon

Director of Finance

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Luis Fernando has been working for LCF since 2020, he is in charge of Finance and it is one of his passions. He has been involved in the field of nonprofits for over 15 years. When he's not into the professional world, he loves gardening and his perfect vacation is at the beach.

Salomon Gonzalez

Finance and Grants Supports Specialist

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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.

Deserea Brito

People and Culture Manager

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Before coming to the Latino Community Fund, Deserea 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

Director of Community Programs – Health and Economic Empowerment

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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

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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 Justice Team

 

Angela Soto

Economic Empowerment Program Coordinator

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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.

 

Erik Michel

Latinos in Tech Organizer

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Erik Michel was raised in Skagit County, Washington and has family roots in Colima, Mexico. He is a current DACA recipient working on obtaining his Electrical & Computer Engineering degree from the University of Washington and is now the Latinos in Tech Organizer at Latino Community Fund. In this role, Erik works to provide opportunities and resources to youth and professionals which allow them to expand their skill sets, network, and sense of community as pursuers of success in STEM. Erik believes people of all groups deserve to feel supported in the pursuit of their dreams.

Civic Engagement and Policy Team

 

Cristina Ortega

Statewide Manager for Civic Engagement and Advocacy

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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

Giovanni Severino

Youth Campaign Manager/Organizer

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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 of 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 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.

 

 

Armida Rivera

Community Organizer - Yakima

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Alianza Youth Leadership Program Team

 

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Merivet Lombera

Alianza Youth Leadership Co-Organizer

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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.

 

Alianza Leadership Program Fellows

 

Silvia Leija

Alianza Communications Fellow

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Silvia was raised in Yakima, WA, and is currently a Western Washington University undergraduate pursuing a double major in Public Relations and "Community Narratives through Digital Media" as well as minors in Education and Social Justice, Honors Interdisciplinary Studies and American Cultural Studies. She plans to work with nonprofits and the sports industry to provide education and sports opportunities to students of color. Silvia is passionate about social media and the opportunities it brings to connect and learn with communities across the state and worldwide.

Karina Colin

Alianza Fellow

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Hello all! My name is Karina Colin I am from Sunnyside Washington. I am a student at Heritage University. I’m in the teacher preparation program majoring in Secondary Mathematics Education. Also, I am an Act Six Scholar, Cadre 9. My passion is working with young adults and helping them grow. I look forward to working with The Alianza Leadership program to grow my leadership skills and contribute to my community!

Mary Cruz Morales

Alianza Fellow

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Hello, I'm Mary Cruz Morales. I'm currently a student at the University of Washington Bothell and I'm majoring in Community Psychology. I'm excited to be engaged in helping communities become big. In my free time I like to go out on walks, meet new places, draw and whenever possible take small trips.

Esther Baeza

Alianza Fellow

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Monserrat Morales

Alianza Fellow

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My name is Monserrat Morales Miranda, I'm a Public Health student passionate about creating interventions to help underrepresented communities access healthcare services. I enjoy working with youth and help lead programs that benefit their educational and professional growth. Fun fact: I enjoy being in nature and sunny weather, I love hiking and exploring different hidden spots in Washington state.

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