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Mi Familia Vota Education Fund Welcomes New Board Members: Victoria M DeFrancesco Soto and Rosemary E Rodriguez

05.18.2021

Mi Familia Vota Education Fund Welcomes New Board Members: Victoria M DeFrancesco Soto and Rosemary E Rodriguez

Additions to Board Will Help Build Latino Political Power

Washington D.C. – Mi Familia Vota is proud to announce the addition of new board members to our national governing board making it the first time MFV is a majority female governing board. We are looking to the future to continue educating our community and building Latino political power. With the addition of these new board members, we reinvigorate our commitment as an organization to build a community vision that serves to expand and enhance the aspirations of all of us – Latinas/Latinos/Latines. 

The combined experience and expertise will enable Mi Familia Vota Education Fund to build a more powerful strategy as we head into the most consequential period of social and economic recovery in American history. To that effect, we commit to educate and provide support for our community as it struggles during the pandemic recovery. This is why we must continue to build MFVEF’s civic engagement programs to prepare Latino voters for the most significant mid-terms in modern history. Our voices need to be heard. It’s not optional.

Dr. Gabriela Lemus, President of Mi Familia Vota Education Fund Board issued the following statement: Dr. Gabriela Lemus, President of Mi Familia Vota Education Fund Board issued released the following statement:

“It is historical moments like those we find ourselves in today that change the trajectory and outcomes of an organization, a community, a family, or a person. The nation has been in a state of increasingly frequent and revolving crises. We can be afraid or see an opportunity. Mi Familia Vota Education Fund is being joined by two extraordinary women. True visionaries in their fields and in Latino politics. Rosemary Rodriguez and Dr. Victoria DeFrancesco Soto. As skilled analysts, their innovative forward-thinking approaches will strengthen our capacity to prepare Mi Familia Vota Education Fund’s trajectory in the next five years, but for decades to come. We are thrilled that they are joining our board and ready to roll up their sleeves with us to advance the MFV mission across the country.”

Civic engagement takes hard work and the cultivation of trust; Mi Familia Vota for close to 17 years has been putting in the tireless work to civically educate, engage, and mobilize our Latino community.  It is a true honor to be a part of an organization that fortifies not just the voice of the Latino community but American democracy more generally. 

Hector Sanchez Barba, CEO and Executive director of Mi Familia Vota said: While we helped win the last election our community continues to suffer from systemic exclusion from the highest offices of power in the country. That is why we are fighting to educate and engage Latinos in civic participation to build our political power, stop the attacks against our families and advance the policy priorities of our community.  We are honored to be joined by Victoria and Rosemary, their important experience and strategic approach to this work will aid us in growing and continuing to educate and turn out new Latino voters. Now, as a national organization with a board composed of a majority of women, we are leading by example making sure we bring down structural barriers that make it harder for Latinas to engage in our most important spaces of power. 

Please Meet Mi Familia Vota Education Fund’s Two New Board Members

BOARD MEMBER BIOS: 

Victoria M. DeFrancesco Soto: Is a national voice analyzing the Latino vote, elections, immigration and women and politics. She is assistant dean for civic engagement and a senior lecturer at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin, where she was selected as one of UT’s Game Changers. She is a contributor to MSNBC, Telemundo, and NBCNews.com. 

https://lbj.utexas.edu/soto-victoria-m-defrancesco

Rosemary E. Rodriguez: Rosemary has been a strong advocate for the Latino community and brings extensive experience on advocacy and public service. She has been in a number of important roles, including the founder and executive director of Together We Count (TWC), District 2 Representative of the Denver Public Schools Board of Education, President of Denver City Council, Colorado Political Director for Organizing for America among other important roles.

https://www.togetherwecount.org/who-we-are 

Mi Familia Vota builds Latino political power as a national civic engagement organization that unites Latino, immigrant, and allied communities to promote social and economic justice through citizenship workshops, voter registration, and voter participation. Mi Familia Vota has operations in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Nevada, and Texas. 

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