Ari Gutierrez Arambula, MBA, President
Marco Antonio Gonzalez
Mercedes Marquez, Esq.
Marco Miranda Gallo
Matthew J. Barragan
Marco Antonio Valadez
Eddie Martinez, Executive Director
Eddie Martinez (PGP: He/Him/His) is the executive director of Latino Equality Alliance. Eddie is a co-founder of LEA and had served on the board for six years before stepping down to serve as executive director. He has more than 20 years of non-profit management and civic engagement experience including 18 years tenure with The Wall Las Memorias Project, an HIV/AIDS organization in Los Angeles. He studied business marketing at Long Beach State University.
Juan Castillo-Alvarado, Director of Public Education
Juan Castillo-Alvarado (PGP: He/Him/His) is the Director of Public Education. Juan is a longtime resident of Echo Park. He has been with Latino Equality Alliance since 2012 and oversees the management of programs and outreach efforts. He has played a pivotal role in engaging youths and parents for the anti-bullying program in Boyle Heights through the Building Healthy Communities program. Prior to LEA, Juan was a bilingual teacher for ten years at Camino Nuevo Charter Academy.
Angel Ayon, Community Organizer
Angel Ayon (PGP: They/Them/Elle) was born and raised in the Valley. They received their Bachelor’s of Arts in Gender and Sexuality Studies & Latina/o Studies from Northwestern University. Angel believes in restorative justice and conflict mediation, they have a desire to uplift youth agency, achieve juvenile justice and live in a safe world for those on the margins. They are also involved with the Boyle Heights Building Healthy Communities collaborative by helping advocate and create LGBTQ+ inclusive spaces.