Who we are

ABOUT US

We are a group of 100+ Latino Community leaders that live and/or work in Snohomish County.

Vision

We envision an empowered and unified Hispanic/Latino/x Community in Snohomish County that can be fully engaged in community and civic life and promotes inclusion and equitable outcomes for all families.

Mission

Our mission is to advocate with and for the Hispanic/Latino/x community in Snohomish County through an emphasis on empowerment, unification, equity, inclusion and accountability.

PURPOSE AND OBJECTIVES

The purpose of this coalition is to promote fellowship, share the richness and diversity of the Hispanic/Latino/a/x culture, network and share ideas and resources that benefit this community in Snohomish County.

Objectives

The objectives of the coalition will be:

LEADERSHIP

SCLC LEADERSHIP

Karina Gasperin was born in the city of Cordoba, Veracruz, Mexico. She studied Communication at the University of Valle de Orizaba. She is the third generation of radio broadcasters in her family.
She is the Executive Producer and the main Host of the local TV show Actitud Latina. She enjoys providing services with educational topics to the Hispanic Community in the State of Washington.
Co-Founder of Washington Hispanic Media Association (WAHMA)
Founder and Executive Director of the Afrolatino Festival.
She has received several awards and recognitions for her valuable contribution to the Community and for her dedication and inspiration to new generations. She is one of the first Latinas to received the Champions Award 2010 from Molina Health Care. U.S. Census Campaign, 2010
CONSEJO awarded her show with a Grant to continue with her job informing the community about their rights and obligations. Shoreline Police Department.
Edmonds Community College partnership
SCAN TV nominated Actitud Latina Favorite Foreign Language or Cultural Perspectives Program.
Intercommunity Peace & Justice Center, Uniting Latino Leaders for Social Change.
Griselda Guevara-Cruz is a Ña’a Davi (Mixteca) with roots from Oaxaca, México. She is an alumna of Mariner High School, Whitman College (B.A.), The University of Texas at Austin (M.A.), and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (2016-2017 Graduate Fellow).
As an experienced indigenous educator committed to racial justice, Griselda has served on various boards/committees, such as the Walla Walla Juvenile Justice Center Community Accountability Board and the Mukilteo School District Research and Assessment Committee, to intentionally center youth of color. She is currently a Texas Exes Puget Sound Board Member and an inaugural member of the Board of Directors for Communities of Color Coalition. As part of the Snohomish County Latino Coalition, Griselda seeks to continue paying it forward in her community by ensuring accessible information be provided to everyone who comprise the Snohomish County Latin@/x community and contributing indigenous ways of knowing to co-create more welcoming spaces.
Currently, Griselda is the College Success Foundation College Bound Regional Officer serving Northwest Washington (Snohomish, Skagit, Whatcom, Island and San Juan Counties). She is a featured author in the Harvard Kennedy School Journal of Hispanic Policy, Vol. 30 (“The Importance of College-Going Culture for Latinos Prior to High School”). Griselda is the recipient of the 2012 National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies Undergraduate Frederick A. Cervantes Student Premio for her paper, “El hombre mexicano inmigrante a través de las canciones de Los Tigres del Norte.”
Griselda is trilingual, loves to cook, enjoys hiking and going on road trips with loved ones.
Prior to joining the US Census Bureau as Media Specialist for the State of Washington he was the Publisher of La Raza del Noroeste -Washington State’s largest Spanish-language newspaper- and board member of the National Association of Hispanic Publications. Under his leadership, the publication has won numerous awards and has transformed into an important community partner in the state. Before being hired by The Washington Post for La Raza del Noroeste, Alvaro worked for Statcom GmbH (based in Germany), serving as the Latin America Sales and Marketing Manager overseeing South and Central America and the Caribbean.
Born in Peru, Alvaro has been an entrepreneur from an early age, starting his first business at 18 while studying business management at the Peruvian Institute of Business Administration in Lima. Prior to his move to the US, he lived in Paraguay, where he co-founded a commercial furniture business and led it to its current national prominence.
In his free time, Alvaro volunteers with a variety of community organizations in the Seattle area. He swims daily, and enjoys hiking and camping in the beautiful Washington wilderness, together with his wife Meghan and their two children and dogs.
Vanesa Gutiérrez was born in Medellín, Colombia. She has a diverse work background from being an English as a Second Language instructor and TV presenter to working with international non-profits, community-based organizations, and local government.
Vanesa interned at NGO CSW/NY, a non-profit that supports the work of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women and UN Women. She has previously contributed efforts to the Youth Olympic Games Committee to bring the games to her hometown. Additionally, she has been a TV presenter for a regional channel supported by the Governor’s Office and the Department of Education.
At a local level, Vanesa has worked for the City of Seattle Mayor’s Office and Department of Neighborhoods. She has also been a part of King County Executive’s Office. She is a former Commissioner for the City of Seattle Immigrant and Refugee Commission. Since 2018, Vanesa works as the Community Relations Manager at Snohomish County Executive’s Office.
She is a consultant at a women and minority business enterprise (WMBE) based in King County. Vanesa is fluent in English, Spanish and French.
Sandra was born and raised in Panama City, Panama and came to the U.S. to study industrial engineering. After working as an engineer, she found her calling in social and humans services. Sandra has been a key player in the development of a Community Health Worker or Promotores de Salud program in Snohomish County. Sandra also brings experience as a bilingual family resources coordinator at Childstrive (formerly Little Red Schoolhouse). Before joining the Verdant Health Commission as Community Engagement Manager, she managed the Familias Unidas Program from Lutheran Community Services NW.
She was recognized with the 2015 Health Champion Award from the WA State Public Association, and the 2015 Providence Institute Agency Change Maker Award.
My name is Keny Lopez de Zuleta and I was born in El Salvador, Central America. I lived in El Salvador until 2012 and I came to the United States with my husband to start a new adventure. I studied Legal Sciences in El Salvador. On my professional background, I have worked in General Direction of Immigration of El Salvador. After that, I became part of Ministry of Foreign and Affairs from El Salvador in the United States in which worked with different populations in need in Washington D.C. In 2016, I moved to Washington State with my husband and I decided to continue studying and I made the decision to go for Human Services field in Highline Community College. On my last job position here in Washington State, I worked as a Bilingual Youth Counselor in Friends of Youth in which I confirmed my passion and the opportunity to contribute for a better society. In 2017, I had the opportunity to join to Lutheran Community Service Northwest as supervisor at Everett Community Resource Center and Familias Unidas. In 2019, I was promoted into the Program Manager role at Everett Community Resource Center and Familias Unidas. In my personal life, I love to go hiking and read fictions books. I am a coffee lover and the most important thing in my life, my family.
Jose Luis Nino de Guzman is from Trujillo, Peru. His family immigrated to the Seattle area when he was 10 years old and has been in the community for over 25 years. He attended the University of Washington. Currently he is in the process of completing his bachelor's degree. The long term educational goal is to go into law school to become an immigration rights advocate and defense attorney.
His personal journey as an immigrant, and as someone who is formerly incarcerated has had a profound impact on his life and desire to serve and empower his community. Since 2018, he has worked for Pioneer Human Services, a social enterprise serving at risk youth, folks battling chemical dependency as well as the formerly incarcerated.
He is grateful to be a part of the Snohomish County Latino Coalition and cannot wait to take part in the listening, learning, and advocacy work.
He loves his Peruvian culture, food and participates in the academy of Peruvian folk dances. He has a deep appreciation for music especially salsa, soul and jazz. He also loves traveling and spending time with his family and fiancée.
Andrea Pulido was born and raised between two beautiful states in Mexico, Tamaulipas and Veracruz. She received a degree in Teaching and later Nursing in a University in Nuevo Leon. She also holds an Associate Degree in Family Support Studies.
She started her work with the Latino community by founding Hispanic Ministries at the church she attended in Edmonds, WA. Some of the services offered through the ministry were ESL classes, interpretation and translation services in different settings, advocacy, and a Hotline providing information on a variety of resources. She worked developing and delivering a project with the Latino community in Lynnwood through the Center for Ethical Leadership. She also worked as a Medical, Social Services and Court Interpreter and Translator. She has been working for the last few years through Refugee Immigrant Services NW with a Federal Grant – I-CATCH as an Outreach Specialist working closely with Edmonds College and Everett Community College.
She offers her services as a volunteer interpreter for Edmonds, Everett, Mukilteo & Marysville School Districts.
Andrea believes in the importance of education, and one of her passions is to serve and support Latino families to gain knowledge about resources and services that can help them overcome obstacles and have a more fulfilled life. She enjoys spending time with family, reading, listening to music and walks by the beach.

ADVISORY COUNCIL

Rosario is the founder and CEO of the Latino Educational Training Institute (LETI) and a small business owner for more than27+ years, she is a Peruvian native who migrated to the United States over forty years ago, she has dedicated her abundant energy to successfully establishing and expanding her business while focusing on community development. She passionately embraces the commitment to work on Leadership development, social justice issues, wellness promotion, and economic development to support the advancement of first generation immigrants. In 2011 she spearheaded the creation of the Latino Leadership Initiative that seeks to empower young Latinos and put them on a path to become leaders, by involving them in their communities and by giving them the confidence and tools to succeed.