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Pablo Alvarado

Co-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.

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John Arvizu

Director of Finance & Co-Director of Development

For the past 20 years, John has dedicated his energy to serving immigrant rights organizations and building national infrastructure to push for equity and inclusion of migrant worker communities. He is a co-founder of NDLON, joining the team in 2004 to provide leadership for the internal development of NDLON’s Admin, Finance and Development Departments. Previous to this position, John worked for CHIRLA from 2000-2004 as the Day Laborer Center Program Manager – and also served as a college intern at CHIRLA from 1997-2000. John holds a Bachelor of Arts in Latin American Studies from Pomona College and was a recipient of a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship in 1999-2000 to study Popular Art, Memory and Identity of Indigenous Movements in Latin America.

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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.

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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.

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Nadia Marin-Molina

Co-Executive Director

Nadia Marin-Molina is Co-Executive Director of NDLON, leading the Workers Centers and Workers Rights areas of work. Nadia brings years of experience in the struggle for immigrant workers rights. She created and led NDLON’s disaster response initiative, to successfully train thousands of day laborers after Hurricane Sandy and build the capacity of NDLON’s member organizations. She also spearheaded programs to protect the health of nail salon workers and to prosecute criminal construction contractors while at the New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health. She received national coverage for her work as Executive Director at the Workplace Project, fighting hate groups and anti-immigrant legislation on Long Island, New York. Nadia received her JD from New York University School of Law and her BA from Brandeis University.

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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.

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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.

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Salvador Sarmiento

National Campaign Director

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.

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Cal Soto

Director of Workers Rights

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.

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Loyda Alvarado

DALE Campaign Director

Loyda Alvarado Renteria rejoined the NDLON team as the DALE Campaign Director in 2019. Prior to that, Loyda worked for the OSHA Training Institute Education Center (OTIEC) at California State University Dominguez Hills, the National Day Laborer Organizing Network and the Institute of Popular Education of Southern California, culminating in over a decade of organizing and educational experience with day laborers, migrants and safety professionals.

Since 2011, Loyda’s main focus has been working under OSHA’s Directorate of Training and Education Programs. She served as the National Safety and Health Project Coordinator for NDLON. Loyda lead a team effort on successfully acquiring and managing OSHA’s Susan Harwood Capacity Building Grants from 2011 to 2016. She led the inception, development and continuation of the safety and health project working directly with several community organizations, safety and health institutions and OSHA representatives throughout the US to provide leadership, training, technical assistance and assure the usefulness of appropriate worker health and safety trainings that addressed different literacy levels, socioeconomic limitations, immigration status and the importance of workers participation and power to demand better working conditions. In 2017, Loyda left NDLON in 2017 to oversee an OSHA Training Institute Education Center where she gained invaluable experience in developing and implementing internal policies and procedures to ensure transparency of tasks and expectations from staff and faculty.

As an immigrant herself, Loyda has first hand experience of the injustices that communities face on a daily basis. It is her mother, who exemplified strength, resiliency, love and compassion for Loyda, which led to her commitment and love for the community to stand against injustices even through adversity and pain. Loyda graduated from California State University Los Angeles with a Bachelor Arts Degree in Television, Film and Media Services with an option in Journalism and is currently pursuing a Masters Degree in Public Health. She is also a member of Los Jornaleros del Norte.

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Salwa Sidi Ammi

Administrative Assistant

Salwa Sidi Ammi joined NDLON in 2018. She has 7 years of Administrative experience since she started working as an Officer at both the Department of Foreign Affairs in her country of origin and as a Diplomat representing her country abroad. She has always aspired to work in the non-profit sector as it perfectly aligns with her personality and will to help others live a better life. Salwa has a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science, with a Minor in Communication, as well as a Master’s degree in International Studies and Diplomacy (her thesis dissertation was about development aid). She has also attended an English and Diplomatic Discourse class at the University of Westminster in London. Salwa speaks four languages and lives in the County of Los Angeles.

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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.

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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.

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Debora Gonzalez

Health & Safety Coordinator

Debora is from Guatemala City, Guatemala, and spent the early years of her life observing her Mother’s community work in the rural zones of Eastern Guatemala. This experience informs her passion for working with vulnerable communities and for Health and Safety. She is graduate of the Guatemalan Institute of Social Security as an Auxiliary Nurse of Surgery.

Debora arrived to Rhode Island in 1994 and worked in various factories, developing skills assembling and soldering jewelry and handprinted shirts and paper. In 1999, she moved to Connecticut and created a small house cleaning business. In 2008, she became part of Grupo Quetzal where she remains active today. In 2010, she began volunteering in a project which became known as Neighbors Links Stamford, eventually becoming Site Hiring Manager and Co-Founder of the organization. In 2014, she joined NDLON’s Board of Directors and joined the Women’s Caucus as Vice President and ended up as the Board of Director’s President.

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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.

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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.

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Oscar Londoño

Staff Attorney and Miami Project Director

Oscar Londoño is a Staff Attorney and Miami Project Director at NDLON, where he combines litigation, policy advocacy, and organizing to support day laborers and low-wage workers in Florida and across the country. His work includes combating wage theft, challenging abusive ICE enforcement practices, and supporting NDLON’s member workers’ centers and campaigns. As Miami Project Director, Oscar is working to develop a new workers’ center for day laborers and low-wage workers in Miami. Oscar was previously a Skadden Fellow at Community Justice Project in Miami and received his JD from New York University School of Law.

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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.”

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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.

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Bliss Requa-Trautz

Arriba! 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.

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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.

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Manuel Vicente

Site Coordinator at Pasadena Community Job Center

Edgar Manuel Vicente Camberos is originally from the municipality of Zacoalco de Torres, Jalisco, Mexico. He graduated with a Bachelors in Communication Sciences of ITESO (Jesuit University of Guadalajara). Passionate about social causes and struggles, this is the path that has guided his life in the last decade of his life. He immigrated to the USA in 2015, building and structuring the first Mexican Indigenous radio station outside Mexico that deals with and addresses the injustices that are targeted against the immigrant community. Manuel believes in the motto, “an informed community is a community less manipulatable and one that has the tools and ability to fight back.” This is why he believes in the creation of communication spaces where we can exercise and enforce our rights as a people and at the same time serve as a social and community integration tool.

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Viridiana Vidal

Communications Manager

Viridiana Vidal is a communications and media strategist with more than 14 years of experience. Viridiana is a 3 time Emmy award-winning journalist, through her career in the media she held positions as political/investigative reporter, sports main anchor, prime time main anchor for Univision Nevada and Senior Producer for Telemundo/NBC. Viridiana left news in 2016 to help non profit organizations fighting for immigrants rights, she was named America’s Voice state director in Nevada the same year and later that year she opened her own communications firm. Viridiana is a recognized communications/media consultant and freelancer for multiple media outlets.