Our Team

Advisory Board

Elizabeth Lopez, Co-Chairperson
Marco Miranda Gallo, Co-Chairperson
Tommy Johnson, Treasurer
Daisy Chavez, Secretary
Ari Gutierrez Arambula
Stephen Chavez
Marco Antonio Valadez
Marco A. Gonzalez                                                                                                                                                                        Jaime Gallardo


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 of tenure with The Wall Las Memorias Project, an HIV/AIDS organization in Los Angeles. He studied business marketing at Long Beach State University.

Norma Sanchez, Community Organizer (Parent)

Norma Sanchez (PGP: She/Her/They) was born and raised in Boyle Heights. She received her Bachelor’s of Arts & Master’s of Arts in Communication Studies with emphasis on Interpersonal Communication from California State University of Los Angeles. In the past Norma has served as an Intern, Social Media Ambassador, and LGBTQA+ Youth Council Advocate for Latino Equality Alliance. Her role as a Community Organizer oversees the management of programs which includes Youth and Parents. She firmly believes in helping educate, support, maintain, and create necessary tools for the LGBTQA+ community.

Zacariah Flores, Community Organizer (Youth)

Zacariah Flores (PGP: He/Him/His) was raised in the Boyle Heights area. After attending UC Davis, earning a degree in Community and Regional Development, he’s worked as a primary school educator and intervention teacher. He is currently working on his teaching credential at Cal State LA, believing that community organizing and teaching does and should go hand in hand. At LEA, he is excited to mobilize young LGBTQ leaders, honor their experiences, and guide them in their own empowerment and political activism.

Yesenia Mendoza, Development and Special Projects Coordinator  

Jesus Suatan, Census Outreach Worker