Excited to Announce Latina Institute’s next Executive Director

 

Thank you for your support and belief in the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Justice, especially in 2020 when so much of our world and loved ones have been navigating unprecedented times.

At Latina Institute we’ve been in a year of deep transition. A year that has been guided and grounded in our core beliefs of Salud, Dignidad y Justicia and our larger connection to the movement for Reproductive Justice.

As many of you know, we launched a national search for our next Executive Director at the beginning of 2020. We centered this effort in our values ~ creating a transition committee that represented our entire organization and stakeholder conversations to help shape the process. It was important to the board and our staff that this search for our next Poderosa leader be committed to Reproductive Justice, grounded in community, and ready to steward Latina Institute through the next phase of power and justice.

We are happy to announce that in February 2021 we will welcome a new Executive Director to lead Latina Institute. With much enthusiasm, we welcome Guadalupe ‘Lupe’ Rodriguez to our Poderosa family. 

Lupe has been a leader in the reproductive rights, health and justice movements for over 14 years, and was most recently the Vice President of Public Affairs for Planned Parenthood Mar Monte, the largest Planned Parenthood affiliate in the US. Throughout her career, Lupe has devoted her work to community, women rights, health justice, and reproductive justice, including Chair of the Santa Clara County Commission on the Status of Women, Chair of the Board of ACCESS Women’s Health Justice, Treasurer of the Board of California Latinas for Reproductive Justice, and Leader of the Community Advisory Board for the Center for Clinical Research at Stanford Medical School. Lupe was honored with the ‘Generation Award for an Emerging Leader’ from the California Coalition for Reproductive Freedom and received the “40 Under 40” Health Care Leaders award by Silicon Valley Latino magazine. Lupe has a degree in neurobiology from Harvard University.  

“I have been led through my entire life by the notion that real and lasting justice will be best achieved by the leadership of those most affected by injustice, and the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Justice is an organization where that vision is the driving force. I feel like I’m home with the Latina Institute--where my own ethos is shared and echoed. I will be leading the Poderosa team with a creative and innovative vision to invest deeply in the power and voices of our Latinx communities to engender and launch lasting, transformative change.” 

We are excited for all that Lupe’s expertise and diverse background brings-which includes leadership in Reproductive Justice, access to healthcare, community engagement, public affairs and science. We are confident Lupe will be a great collaborator, visionary leader and a wonderful guide for all that’s ahead for our organization and movement for Reproductive Justice.

As communities, families, activists, legislative chambers, Congress, and the White House work on healing a country and undoing policies that have attacked our communities, we resolutely recenter our values and commitment to grow our resiliency, our community informed and driven lucha and ensure that our families feel safe, seen and heard.

As we noted, this year entailed more than our organization - or world – could have ever imagined and we feel so proud of how we navigated all of it together with heart. On behalf of the Board and myself we are thankful for the leadership of Cristina Aguilar, Interim Executive Director, the Senior Leadership Team, and the amazing staff in New York, D.C., Virginia, Florida, and Texas. We deeply value and honor their stewardship and resilience during the intensity of 2020 and thank our partners near and far who supported our transition year.

We will continue to be in the lucha together!

In celebration and solidarity,

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Gloria Montaño Greene

Board Chair, National Latina Institute for Reproductive Justice