Latino GLBT History Project Elects Executive Officers
Washington, D.C. December 12, 2015 – The Latino GLBT History Project (LHP) board of directors held its annual planning retreat and elected new executive officers. On March 21st, Jose L. Plaza was elected was as LHP president and will continue in this roll. For 2016, the LHP executive committee will include: Vice President is Cristela Solorio Ruiz, Secretary Eric Perez, and Treasurer Nancy Cañas. At LHP's October 29th board meeting, the following new board members were elected for 2 year terms: Nancy Cañas, Fernando Herrera, Eric Palladini, and Cristina Calvillo-Rivera. Founder Jose Gutierrez will continue to serve on the board of directors. Immediate past president David M. Pérez ends his board member term on December 31, 2015 and will dedicate his time to serve as the chair of the Advisory Committee to the Mayor's Office of LGBTQ Affairs for the District of Columbia.
Born in Guanajuato, Mexico, Jose L. Plaza is the proud son of migrant farm workers. He is a doctoral candidate at the University of Southern California, earned a M.Sc. in counseling from California State University, Long Beach, and his BA from San Diego State University. Jose is the National Director for Latino Engagement for Enroll America and is an Associate Board Member for the Latin American Youth Center. He joined the Latino GLBT History Project board of directors in 2013 and co-chaired the 7th Annual DC Latino Pride in 2013.
Other board members include resource development committee co-chair Fernando Herrera, historian Eric Palladini, health advocate Cristina Calvillo-Rivera, founder Jose Gutierrez, May Sifuentes of Planned Parenthood Federation of America; Jennifer Sanchez, veteran and Schedule C appointee for the Obama Administration.
"The Latino GLBT History Project will continue its signature events in 2016, including the 5th Annual Mujeres en el Movimiento Awards, 10th Annual DC Latino Pride, and 11th Annual Hispanic LGBTQ Heritage Awards. LHP will also expand opportunities for the public to interact with the LHP archives collection through a series of 3 "pop up" history events focusing on topics such as HIV, transgender, youth, and immigrant issues relating to the LGBTQ Latino/a community in metropolitan Washington, DC. LHP will also engage youth volunteers in it's bilingual oral history project launching in 2016. We invite all community members to join LHP in 2016," said president Jose L. Plaza.
Contact: Jose L. Plaza