News Release

UnidosUS Welcomes New Members to the Board of Directors

August 1, 2019

WASHINGTON, DC—UnidosUS (formerly National Council of La Raza) announced the appointment of four new members to its Board of Directors. The new Board members include: Cynthia Aragon, Chief of Staff, Democratic Caucus, Arizona House of Representatives in Phoenix, AZ; Aida Cardenas, Executive Director, Building Skills Partnership in Los Angeles, CA (UnidosUS Affiliate); Juan Carlos González, Councilor, Oregon Metro, Portland, OR and Frances Messano, Senior Managing Partner, New Schools Venture Fund in Oakland, CA.

“UnidosUS is fortunate to welcome four new committed leaders with diverse and extensive experiences working in the Latino community in the areas of education, workforce, policy and advocacy. Our community continues to grow in numbers and influence, and these new Board members will bring critical insights to develop greater opportunities for Latino children and their families,” said UnidosUS President and CEO Janet Murguía.

The announcement comes just days from the opening of the UnidosUS Annual Conference, the largest gathering of Latino advocates in the United Sates, held this year at the San Diego Convention Center from August 3-6.

“I am excited to welcome these four dynamic new members to our Board. We appreciate the opportunity to have these dedicated leaders to help guide the organization in the most strategic ways for 2020 and beyond,” said UnidosUS Board Chair Maria S. Salinas.

The UnidosUS Board of Directors is a 25-member body composed of elected and appointed officials and representatives of community-based organizations, the corporate sector and academia. Board members reflect the diversity of Hispanic nationality groups and the geographic distribution of the U.S. Hispanic population. By mandate, the Board must include equal representation of men and women.

UnidosUS, previously known as NCLR (National Council of La Raza), is the nation’s largest Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization. Through its unique combination of expert research, advocacy, programs, and an Affiliate Network of nearly 300 community-based organizations across the United States and Puerto Rico, UnidosUS simultaneously challenges the social, economic, and political barriers that affect Latinos at the national and local levels. For more than 50 years, UnidosUS has united communities and different groups seeking common ground through collaboration, and that share a desire to make our country stronger. For more information on UnidosUS, visit or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.