The Commission is composed of eleven commissioners throughout the state of Washington. Commissioners are recruited and appointed for their diverse views, locales, and community connections in order to represent the diversity within the Latino population of Washington State.
Brian Moreno - Chair
Brian’s primary focus is on economic development. He is also passionate about safe communities and the role law enforcement plays within, as well as education. Connecting the lines between upward mobility and conditions of success is a fascinating art and crucial to our understanding of the opportunities ahead of us.
Phone: (509) 760-9768
David Morales - Vice Chair
David is involved in various organizations dedicated to the betterment of the Yakima valley. He volunteers for Yakima Valley May 1st Coalition, the Latino Bar Association of Washington, One America, and lastly the Yakima Humane Society. He is part of the board of La Casa Hogar, a non-profit that aims to serve the Latino Community through education, health and civic programs. He is also the president of the board of el Progreso, an organization founded on Latino political organization, and lastly he is a member of the City of Yakima Equity and Ethics Committee.
Julieta was born and raised in Guerrero, Mexico and moved to Washington in 2009 bringing with her the activism and advocacy for human rights. She is the president of the WAGRO Foundation, a nonprofit organization that works to break down barriers to education for Latinos in Washington and Guerrero, Mexico. She founded WAGRO in 2012 to assist Latinos and Indigenous Mexican students and families in finding academic success in Washington as they navigate life in their new home. She focuses on human rights, art and education.
Phone: (206) 850-2329
Originally from Chile, Anita Ahumada acquired her formal education at the Universidad de Chile. She worked as a Social Worker in her native country until she moved to the U.S. in 1970.
Phone: (360) 451-2490
Paula Arno Martinez
Paula focuses on issues related to immigration and farm-worker rights. She has participated in numerous forums related to DACA and other immigration related topics, where her expertise in immigration rights is sought.
Phone: (713) 478-6289
Leonor Barrienetes de Maldonado
Leonor has had a passion for education since the 70’s and in that time, she has been a migrant teacher, migrant counselor, an assistant high school principal, a middle school principal, a director of ELL students, and an assistant superintendent. She was also the founding director of the High School Academy in Columbia Basin College. Currently, she is the Coordinator of Migrant & Bilingual Programs in the Prosser School District. Leonor believes that a strong education affords a voice to the voiceless and opens doors to opportunities.
Phone: (206) 418-9361
Carlos is focused on advocacy and policy work affecting the state’s Latino community. His primary focus areas are education equality, Census 2020, and employment opportunities.
Phone: (917) 912-6901
Quincy resident, Alex Ybarra was appointed to the Commission in 2016. As a Quincy School District Board Director and Director on the Washington State School Directors Association (WSSDA), he brings a broad range of knowledge on educational issues to our commission.
Phone: (509) 237-1921
Antonio (TonY) Gallegos
Lacey resident, Tony Gallegos was appointed to the Commission on Hispanic Affairs in 2018. He brings a broad range of knowledge on community, youth and economic development issues to our commission.
Phone: (360) 970-2722
Commissioner Hernandez represents the Peninsula/Coastal region of Washington State, which includes: Clallam, Kitsap, Jefferson, Grays Harbor and Pacific.
Jessica is passionate about access to healthy, nutritious, and traditional foods. With a history in hunger-relief work in the nonprofit sector, she sees the intimate connection between equity and health that is needed to support a thriving community. In tandem, her current work as Development Director for the Port Angeles Waterfront Center allows her to work within the realms of the arts and culture, as well as economic development on the Olympic Peninsula.