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Gov. Baker Establishes Latino Advisory Commission, Swears in Members

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

 

Charlie Baker

Governor Charlie Baker signed an executive order establishing the Latino Advisory Commission and swore in the commission’s members on Monday.

The commission will focus on addressing the concerns of the Massachusetts Latino community and promoting economic prosperity and well-being.

“The members of our Latino Advisory Commission each bring a depth of experience and diversity to the table, and I look forward to their recommendations. Our administration is committed to creating opportunities all our citizens in every corner of the Commonwealth to drive economic growth and success, and I’m confident this commission will add meaningful value to our goal to make Massachusetts the best place to live, work and raise a family,” said Governor Charlie Baker.

The Commission

Members of the Commission include gubernatorial appointees with varying expertise in business, community outreach, media, law, health care, education and represent a group diverse in gender, race, industry, region, age and education.

The Commission will also include the involvement of the secretariats for Education, Health and Human Services, Housing and Economic Development, Public Safety and Security and Labor and Workforce Development.

Appointees will serve for a term of four years. Josie Stamatos Martinez, Senior Partner and General Counsel of Employee Benefit Solutions will serve as Chair and Robert Harnais, owner of Mahoney & Harnais will serve as Vice-Chair.

The Commission will review and assess the priorities of the Latino community on a statewide basis and make recommendations to the Governor and Lt. Governor by identifying up to three priority areas to be addressed by the Commission over the course of the next two years.

The Commission will meet at least quarterly and will submit a formal written report on its work, findings, methodology, and recommendations as well as metrics to measure the effects of implemented recommendations on the lives of members of the Latino community in Massachusetts to the Governor and Lt. Governor every two years.

See the members below:

Latino Advisory Commission

Josie Stamatos Martinez

Senior Partner and General Counsel, Employee Benefit Solutions

Chair

 

Robert Harnais

Owner, Mahoney & Harnais

Vice-Chair

 

Marcela Aldaz-Matos

Director of Diversity & Inclusion, Partners HealthCare

 

Carolina Avellaneda

General Counsel and Vice President of Operations, Fisher College

 

Aixa Beauchamp

President, Beauchamp & Associates

 

Vetto Casado

Executive Director, Small Can Be Big Inc.

 

Javier Cevallos

President, Framingham State University

 

Albie Alvarez Cote

Director, Financial Education Institute

 

Patti Diaz-Andrade

Founding Executive Director, One Goal Massachusetts

 

Amanda Fernandez

Co-Founder and CEO, Latinos for Education

 

Yvonne Garcia

Senior Vice President, Investment Manager Services, State Street Corporation

 

Regla Gonzalez

Vice President, League of United Latin American Citizens

 

Samalid M. Hogan

Director, Western Regional Office of the MA Small Business Development Center

 

Rene Jarquin

Partner & Chief Investment Officer, Single Point Partners

 

Enna Jimenez

Vice President, Quality Engineering, Eastern Bank

 

Juan Lopera

Vice President of Business Diversity, Tufts Health Plan

 

Lazaro Lopez

Area Manager of Wireline Network Operations & Engineering, Verizon

 

Rachel Lopez

Vice President, Resource Management Inc.

 

Monica Lowell

Vice President of Community Relations, UMass Memorial Hospital

 

Juan Carlos Morales

Founder, Surfside Capital Advisors LLC

 

Vanessa Otero

Chief Operating Officer, Partners for Community

 

Sonia Pope

Principal, Holyoke Community Charter School

 

Dan Rivera

Mayor of Lawrence

 

Mary Skelton Roberts

Senior Program Officer for the Environment, Barr Foundation

 

Carol Sanchez

Founder and Partner, Sanchez & Santiago CPAs

 

Nahir Torres

Program Officer, Teen Development, Hyams Foundation

 

Alberto Vasallo

President and CEO, El Mundo Newspaper

 

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