Pablo Alvarado

Executive Director

As a youth, Pablo Alvarado was raised in a village lacking running water and electricity. Working since he was five years old, Pablo spent several years as a day laborer in the United States, giving him first-hand knowledge of what it means to live and work at the lowest rung of society. This knowledge has stayed with him as he has dedicated his life to reducing the suffering of migrants in the United States. Pablo believes that if you protect those at the bottom of our society all of us are lifted.

Pablo co-founded the Institute of Popular Education of Southern California in 1991, Los Jornaleros del Norte day laborer band in 1996 and the National Day Laborer Organizing Network in 2001. He has won numerous awards and recognitions, including receiving the Next Generation Leadership Fellowship from the Rockefeller Foundation, which recognizes entrepreneurial, risk-taking and fair leaders who seek to develop solutions to major challenges of democracy. In 2004, Pablo was also recognized by the Ford Foundation’s “Leadership for a Changing World Program.” In August 2005, TIME Magazine named Pablo among the 25 most influential Hispanics in the U.S.

Angela Sanbrano, J.D.

Co-Executive Director

Ms. Sanbrano holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Pitzer College, Claremont Colleges and a Juris Doctor from People’s College of Law. She served as the Executive Director of the Central American Resource Center in Los Angeles from 1995-2007 and presently serves as President of the Board of Directors. She is the Vice President of the Latino Latina Roundtable of the Pomona and San Gabriel Valleys. She is a co-founder of Alianza Americas an immigrant led transnational immigrant rights organization. She resides in La Verne, CA with her husband Attorney James Sanbrano.

Jessica Karp Bansal

Litigation Director

Jessica Karp Bansal is NDLON’s Litigation Director. She has been with NDLON since 2010. She litigates civil rights actions in federal court, represents immigrants in removal proceedings, and advocates for policy changes at the local, state, and national level. Prior to joining NDLON, Jessica clerked for the Honorable Stephen Reinhardt on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. From 2013-2015 she worked as an Adjunct Professor with the Immigrant Rights Clinic at the Irvine School of Law and in 2012 she was the recipient of a Soros Justice Fellowship. She received her J.D. from Columbia Law School and her B.A. from Wesleyan University.

Chris Newman

Legal Director & General Counsel

Chris Newman is the Legal Director & General Counsel for the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON) based in its Los Angeles office. He has worked with day laborers since 2002, and was hired as NDLON’s first attorney in 2004. Since then, he has helped develop and coordinate NDLON’s work to defend and advance day laborers’ civil, workplace, and human rights. Before working at NDLON, he was the founding coordinator of the Wage Clinic and Legal Program at El Centro Humanitario para los Trabajadores, a day laborer worker center in Denver, CO. He is the recipient of an Academy of Educational Development New Voices Fellowship and is a Transatlantic Forum on Migration and Integration fellow at the German Marshall Fund. He earned his J.D. with honors from the University of Denver College of Law.

John Arvizu

Director of Finance & Development

Ishell Linares-Soto

Co-Director of Development

Ishell joined NDLON as Co-Director of Development in 2017. She brings great passion for nonprofit work and over a decade of fundraising and communications experience in areas including donor communications, event planning, individual donor relations, and public relations. As an immigrant herself, NDLON’s mission is one that she holds close to heart. Ishell holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from California State University, Fullerton and a Master of Public Administration from California State University, Northridge.

Germain Hernandez

Finance and Operations Manager

As a child, Germain immigrated with his parents to the United States from Ensenada, Baja California. He is a fan of Baja off-road racing and seafood. Germain worked at California State University, Long Beach in the College of Health and Human Services where he served on university committees and received the Commander Award for Excellence from the Military Science Program (U.S. Army). He has held management positions at California State University, Fullerton and at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. His responsibilities in the positions held included budget development, financial oversight and professional development of staff. His education includes a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from California State University, Long Beach, and he is currently pursuing a Masters in Public Policy and Administration at California State University, Long Beach. He is a member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.


David Abud

Los Angeles Regional Organizer

Born in San Luis Potosi, Mexico, David comes from a background of deportation defense, prison abolition, immigration justice organizing, and popular education. During college, he worked at a rape crisis center in New York to build transformative and restorative responses to sexual violence. After graduating, and a summer working at a queer political circus, David worked on deportation defense as a paralegal, part of the country’s first publicly-funded universal representation program (NYIFUP). Recognizing the need to contribute to deportation defense organizing, David moved to Los Angeles and has helped lead campaigns for universal representation, deportation defense and sanctuary policies. He is the LA Regional Organizer, and supports the efforts of day laborer centers, immigrant organizing, and youth and adult political education across LA and around the country.

Julieta Aragon

Minimum Wage Outreach Coordinator

Julieta is the Minimum Wage Outreach Coordinator in the city of Pasadena, CA. Her office is located in the Pasadena Community Job Center (PCJC). Julieta became involved with the PCJC after being a part of a campaign at her child’s school—a 90% Latino, low-income school—when the Principal was removed and a new one was imposed without input from teachers or parents. Through her experience in that campaign, she became aware of the power dynamics between the district administration, teachers and school parents but it also empowered her to understand the power that school parents and the community hold to impact change not just in the school but in the larger community as well. Julieta’s role and leadership in that effort led her to continue her work by joining NDLON’s team in Pasadena.

Armando Carmona

Communications Manager

Armando manages press strategy & media relations for the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON). He’s a journalist, activist and has led diversity recruitment and retention programs at several universities. As a former editor of he travelled extensively and reported on social movements throughout South America. He received his B.A. in Sociology at the University of California Santa Barbara and is an alumni of the Public Policy & International Affairs (PPIA) fellowship.

Emily Gaggia

Workforce Development Coordinator

Emily Gaggia joined NDLON after 13 years of working as the Educational Director at Casa Latina, a day labor center in Seattle, Washington. Emily has implemented and managed a variety of adult educational programs for day laborers and household workers, including ESL classes, Technological Literacy classes and a community language exchange program which brings together Spanish and English speakers to build bridges through language instruction. Emily attributes much of her personal and professional growth to the day laborers and household workers at Casa Latina and is honored to continue her work alongside the day labor community.

Omar León

Workforce Development Coordinator

Omar León is a former day laborer. Omar worked for over eight years with the Institute of Popular Education of Southern California (IDEPSCA). During the first two years, he worked as a Coordinator at the community job centers. Soon after he became a lead organizer. He was involved in organizing several campaigns including the AB 60 Driver’s License in California. Later on, Omar became a Manager of the day laborer program in Los Angeles. As Manager of the day laborer program, he was in charge of the organizational and administrative work of six day worker centers (West LA, Hollywood, Downtown, Harbor City, Cypress Park & ​​Pasadena). In 2008, Omar León started working at NDLON as a Workforce Development coordinator. In recent years, Omar has been providing support to worker centers across the country to increase the employer job recruitment and to improve employer-day laborer relationships.

Marco Loera

Communications and Technology Organizer

Marco Loera has been NDLON’s Technology and Communications Organizer since 2010 and is in charge of providing technical support, network administration, web/video/graphic design, and administration of NDLON’s online activity through social media, campaign websites, and online advocacy tools. Marco’s interests lie in the use of art and technology as a tools for social change. He studied Art (BA) with a minor in Ethnic Studies at San José State University and Electronic Art (MFA) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Emi MacLean

Staff Attorney

Emi MacLean is a staff attorney with the National Day Laborer Organizing Network, engaged in legal work in support of our member organizations and in defense of immigrant and workers rights. She is an adjunct professor with the Immigrant Rights Clinic at the University of California at Irvine andhas previously worked with the Open Society Justice Initiative; the Center for Constitutional Rights (in the organization’s Guantanamo Global Justice Initiative); and with Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF, or Doctors without Borders) in South Africa and the United States.

Gonzalo Mercado

Regional Coordinator

Gonzalo Mercado is NDLON’s New York City regional coordinator. Gonzalo previously served as the executive director of El Centro, a storefront immigrant day laborers’ center in Port Richmond, Staten Island. Through his work, Gonzalo came to understand the power of grassroots activism. “When workers feel voiceless, powerless, without rights, community organizing can provide an opportunity to turn things around and make a change, not only in individual lives but as a movement affecting a larger group of people.”

Francisco Pacheco

Education & Membership Coordinator

Nació en El Salvador donde trabajo en el desarrollo organizativo y consolidación del movimiento popular en el sector de estudiantes de secundaria, el campesinado y el magisterio. A su llegada a estados Unidos trabajo como Jornalero y en la industria de la construcción. Como miembros de NDLON ha adquirido experiencia en el manejo y construcción de Centros de Empleos, organización de las esquinas de Jornaleros, en el desarrollo de escuelas de organización y liderazgo basado en la Educación Popular y en la elaboración popularizadas de currículos.Recibió entrenamiento sobre Saludos y Seguridad Laboral en la Industria de la Construcción y la Industria General. Como Organizador y Educador Popular a contribuido a crear redes de grupos de base en los estados de Arizona, Georgia, Alabama, Carolina del Norte, Mississippi , Tennessee y Florida. Actualmente es Co-fundador de la Alianza Nacional TPS, organización de base de los diferentes países que están amenazados con la suspensión del Status de Protección Temporal. Le gusta el arte entre ellos la música y la elaboración de mantas.

Bliss Requa-Trautz

Las Vegas Worker Center Director

Bliss Requa-Trautz moved to Las Vegas in July 2017 to launch Arriba Las Vegas Worker Center. She has been organizing around issues of economic and migrant justice for more than ten years, and previously worked with organizations including Just Communities, the Alliance to Develop Power, and the Public Higher Education Network of Massachusetts. She holds bachelors in Sociology and Anthropology from the University of Massachusetts, and a Labor Studies certificate from the Joseph S. Murphy Institute for Labor Studies and Worker Education.

Gerardo Santos

Pasadena Community Job Center Site Coordinator/Assistant

Gerardo Santos was born in San Fernando Valley in 1990. He was raised in a Mexican and Salvadorean home which helped him understand two distinct worlds of struggle, love, dignity and compassion. He has involved himself at the Eastside Cafe in El Sereno as an integral member of the community helping in the exercise of autonomy. Taking advantage of the skill sharing that Eastside Cafe he has joined the Son Jarocho Collective, Warriors Self-Defense and the Bungalows Art Collective. All these activities have helped him learn and respect even more the integrity of his and other peoples cultures.  He is now one of the coordinators of the Pasadena Community Job Center help Jornaleras and Jornaleros mediate with employers and come up with agreements and better negotiations to create a safe and just environment for both parties. Gerardo Santos is happy to help out the community of Pasadena.

Salvador Sarmiento

Organizing Coordinator

Salvador Sarmiento coordinates campaigns and legislative efforts for the 50-member National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON), accompanying local, state and national efforts in defense of immigrant and workers rights. Prior to that, he served as Advocacy Officer at the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Human Rights (RFK Human Rights), collaborating with activists in Mexico, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, and the US Gulf Coast.

Cal Soto

Workers Rights Coordinator

Cal Soto is the Workers’ Rights Coordinator at NDLON, organizing labor campaigns for the national network. Cal joined NDLON in 2015 from LatinoJustice PRLDEF Southeast, where he helped launch the Rights Restoration Project as a Ford Foundation Legal Fellow. By partnering with NDLON’s local worker leaders and labor centers, Cal uses his legal training to add to the capacity and technical knowledge of grassroots movements to end wage theft, ensure worker safety, and increase job stability. He spends his time away from NDLON producing and writing music, and looks forward to the day when everyone can enjoy the fruits of their labor free from fear and exploitation.

Luis Valentan

Pasadena Community Job Center Site Coordinator

Luis Valentan is originally from Mexico City. He immigrated to the United States in 1991 with the intention of seeking a better life. Since arriving to the US, Luis has lived and experienced the different stages of anti-immigrant laws like Proposition 187 in California and SB1070 in Arizona. As a day laborer for nearly ten years, Luis saw firsthand how these laws affect the community. These experiences led him to start his work as a community organizer, helping to organize the Latino community in Arizona to fight against the policies and abuses of Sheriff Joe Arpaio and SB1070, a law that did terrible damage to many families, including his own. Luis brings over eight years of experience organizing in the day labor community and has worked for numerous projects and organizations such as Promise Arizona, Neighborhood Committees, Voces Mobiles, IDEPSCA’s Day Labor Project and Voces Jornaleras at KPFK Radio before joining NDLON.