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About Us

We are Generation Latino. We live where you live – online.

We are innovative. We are passionate. Our networks harness the energy that will improve our lives and ignite our communities. We will make sure that our decision makers hear our voices. We will speak about the issues that impact our future, our families, our communities, our state, and our country. Generation Latino: We are present. We are power. We are you.

Generation Latino is organizing the collective energy, imagination and creativity of our Colorado Latino community and channeling our ideas into policies that will build a path to better jobs, higher wages, affordable healthcare, accessible education, and immigration reform. These measures secure our individual fortunes and the futures of our families. We are having conversations online so we can quickly identify and respond to issues that affect us. United, our voices will be heard. It’s our mission to give Latinos a voice and engage them at higher rates across the spectrum of civic engagement.

Generation Latino Action: We want to make sure decision makers hear our voice and hold policymakers accountable to better our communities. Our mission is to mobilize and activate young Latinos to make their voices heard at the State House and in Washington. We will make sure young Latinos understand where their elected leaders stand on issues important to them and hold them accountable.

THE TEAM

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MARIA HANDLEY

Executive Director
Maria L. Handley has spent the last 15 years working on campaigns and elections. Her campaign experience includes working for Governor Howard Dean on his presidential bid and electing former Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar to the US Senate in 2004. In 2005, Governor Howard Dean appointed Maria to serve on the Democratic National Committee, where she served on the Executive Committee and the Hispanic Caucus. Most recently, she worked for America Votes bringing together progressive organizations to build their political power.

When Maria is not working, she can be found dueling lightsabers with her husband and two sons.
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Alvina Vasquez

Communications Consultant
Alvina is the communications director for Strategies 360 in the Colorado office. Before joining S360, Alvina led political advocacy and messaging efforts for the rising American electorate at Campaign for a Strong Colorado. For more than 40 statewide non-profits, she developed messaging strategies to advance legislation, managed crisis communications during the presidential race and trained spokespeople that represented the diversity of Colorado’s electorate. Alvina began her career in Spanish language radio for Denver’s highest rated radio station – Radio Romantica and Radio Tri-Color. Her understanding of earned and paid media was later developed at ABC Denver’s7 and Azteca America Colorado.
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Sarah White

Digital Media Consultant
Sarah is a Colorado transplant via South Carolina who has worked for both the commercial and progressive nonprofit worlds for over 10 years. After getting her B.A. in English and Film from Colorado College, she moved to Boulder and continued to get extensive experience in journalism, digital marketing, and videography.

Sarah White of Progressive Promotions is a Colorado transplant via South Carolina who has worked for both the commercial and progressive nonprofit worlds for over 10 years. After getting her B.A. in English and Film from Colorado College, she moved to Boulder and continued to get extensive experience in journalism, digital marketing, and videography. Before joining Progressive Promotions, she was leader of digital strategy for Conservation Colorado – the state’s leading environmental advocacy organization – where she developed strategy and implemented their online communications, from managing their website to executing paid Facebook and other online ads.
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Lucille Wenegieme

Digital Media Consultant
Lucille Wenegieme of Progressive Promotions seeks to make genuine connections in her community, providing purposeful digital engagement support to progressive organizations in her home state of Colorado. She earned a B.A. in Biology with an emphasis in Chemistry and African Studies at Colorado College and a Master’s in Medical Science at Mississippi College. She has worked with organizations like TESSA, a Colorado Springs-based organization that provides assistance to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, Together Colorado and NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado.
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Advisors

Leticia Martinez, Senior Vice President, JVA Campaigns

Rick Ridder, President & Co-Founder, RBI Strategies

Mike Stratton, President, Stratton-Carpenter & Associates

Julie Whitacre, Government Affairs Director, Colorado Education Association