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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



Robert Harnais

Owner, Mahoney & Harnais



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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