UnidosUS Announces New Members of Senior Leadership Team

WASHINGTON, DC— UnidosUS, the nation’s largest Latino civil rights organization, is proud to announce three recent additions to its Cabinet and Leadership Team.  

“At this important time for our community and our nation, we at UnidosUS are proud to make key investments in internal talent and attract seasoned leaders from across the nonprofit sector, who bring new expertise to advance our mission. These promotions and new hires are part of our commitment to developing, supporting, and strengthening our own workforce as we advance the priorities that can make the most impact for the Latino community,” said Sonia M. Pérez, Chief Operating Officer. 

UnidosUS’s Cabinet and Leadership Team now include the following:  

  • Octavio Espinal has been promoted to Chief of Staff, Office of the President. Espinal has been at UnidosUS for over 18 years, beginning in the organization’s Education programs team. As Chief of Staff, he will continue to serve as a strategic partner to executive leadership to help drive the organization’s priorities. In addition to his stewardship of the Board of Directors, Espinal will continue to provide support, partnership, and counsel to inform the work and decisions of UnidosUS’s Cabinet and the Office of the President.
  • Luis Quiñones has been promoted to Deputy Vice President, Workforce Development and Adult Education. During his nearly three-year tenure with UnidosUS, Quiñones has guided and strengthened the work of the Workforce Development programs team, cultivated relationships with funders, government, and corporate partners, and grown programmatic partnerships with UnidosUS Affiliates. This includes securing an $11.4M Department of Labor Good Jobs Challenge grant, the largest Federal grant in UnidosUS’s history. He will work with the organization’s senior leadership to drive impact in the areas of digital skills, industry training, and systems change. Before coming to UnidosUS, Quiñones worked at UnidosUS Affiliate Latin American Youth Center for 13 years.

  • Anita Youngkin has been hired as Deputy Vice President, Human Resources. Youngkin brings over 20 years of both nonprofit and for-profit experience in the HR field, most recently as Chief People Officer at a national employment law firm. In her new role, she will oversee and grow the organization’s HR function, strengthening institutional processes and practices. Youngkin will work closely with leadership to champion the employee experience throughout the US, focusing on UnidosUS’s values and nonprofit best practices to attract and retain talent and advance the critical work and mission of UnidosUS.