We are a group of 100+ Latino Community leaders that live and/or work
in Snohomish County.
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.
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
The objectives of the coalition will be:
a. Engaging the Hispanic/Latino/a/x community in civic life.
b. Creating a website and/or application in English and Spanish that
will aim to streamline all resources available to the
Hispanic/Latino/a/x community in Snohomish County.
c. Encouraging continued education and training on topics of
importance at a federal, state, local and international level to the
community and its families.
d. Developing and maintaining partnerships with organizations that
support the vision and mission of the coalition.
e. Soliciting and receiving funds from the private sector,
foundations or federal, state and local governments to promote and
implement the Coalition’s general goals and objectives.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.