Our Team

Advisory Board

Ari Gutierrez Arambula, MBA, President
Ridge Gonzalez
Mercedes Marquez, Esq.
Diana Feliz Oliva, MSW
Matthew J. Barragan, Esq.
Elizabeth Lopez


Eddie MartinezEddie Martinez, Executive Director

Eddie Martinez 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

Juan Castillo-Alvarado, Director of Public Education

Juan Castillo-Alvarado 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 Acade