FRAMINGHAM – Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker today, July 10, signed an Executive Order establishing the Latino Advisory Commission and joined Lt. Governor Karyn Polito, Secretary Rosalin Acosta and members of the Massachusetts Black and Latino Legislative Caucus to swear-in members of the commission.
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,” said Governor Charlie Baker, in a statement. “The Commission will add meaningful value to our goal to make Massachusetts the best place to live, work and raise a family.”
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.
Appointed to the Commission were two with ties to Framingham – Framingham State University president F. Javier Cevallos and Carol Sanchez, Carol Sanchez.
Cevallos has extensive experience in higher education. His early career began as an assistant professor of Spanish at the University of Maine, transitioned to the University of Massachusetts Amherst where he served as an associate and full professor, faculty advisor to the Provost, Chair of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, and ultimately Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs. He served for 12 years as President of Kutztown University of PA. DCevallos earned his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Puerto Rico and both his Master’s and Doctoral Degrees from the University of Illinois.
Sanchez is a licensed CPA, Founder and Partner of Sanchez and Santiago CPAs. Just recently, she served as the Commissioner of the Department of Conservation and Recreation of the State of Massachusetts. As a former public servant, she has found various ways to serve her community, including several boards such as a current member of the Executive Board of Directors for Main Street Bank, the Boards of Marlborough Hospital and the MetroWest Chamber. She is a founding member of ALPFA Boston and served as President, Board Member and Corporate Advisory Board. Her professional experience includes leadership roles at Staples, The Timberland Co, and Verizon. She is a Northeastern University Summa Cum Laude graduate, where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Accounting and Human Resources.
“The unique cultures, traditions and perspectives of Massachusetts’ Latino community continue to shape and influence the development and success of our Commonwealth,” said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito, in a statement.
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. It 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.
“On behalf of the Massachusetts Black and Latino Legislative Caucus, I am excited to announce the Latino Advisory Commission. As the new MBLLC chair, I am thrilled that the Baker Administration has re-established the Black Advisory Commission and has now spearheaded the creation of the Latino Advisory Commission. The establishment of this Commission exemplifies the Administration’s commitment to strengthening the Latino voice and including us at the decision making table. I look forward to partnering both with the Black Advisory Commission and the Latino Advisory Commission to continue to advocate for the key issues currently affecting the Black and Latino communities in the Commonwealth. ” said Representative Frank Moran (D-Lawrence), in a press release.
The Latino Advisory Commission recognizes Massachusetts’ rich diversity and the Latino community’s inclusion of those identifying with the cultures, customs and heritage originating in Spain or Latin America, including the Caribbean, Central America and South America.
Latino Advisory Commission
- Chair – Josie Stamatos Martinez – Senior Partner and General Counsel, Employee Benefit Solutions
- Vice Chair – 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