UnidosUS Deepens Expertise and Strengthens Capacity with Leadership Team Growth

Washington, DC— UnidosUS, the nation’s largest Latino civil rights organization, is pleased to announce the expansion of its Leadership Team with new and seasoned leaders.

This strategic growth positions UnidosUS to scale its programs, expand its circle of supporters, and strengthen operations to function more efficiently and effectively in 2022 and beyond.

“UnidosUS has a bold vision for expanding opportunities for Latinos, which requires specific expertise and new thought leaders that can help us chart the way forward,” said Sonia M. Pérez, Acting CEO+ Chief Operating Officer. “We are excited both to invest in our in-house talent and attract accomplished leaders who are committed to equity for Latinos.”

We are happy to welcome the following into their new roles:

  • Lisa Cantu-Parks joins UnidosUS as Vice President for Development, where she leads fundraising efforts for UnidosUS’s core operations, focusing on increasing funding for general support and generating new investments for major initiatives. For over 20 years, Lisa has been dedicated to non-profit fundraising at Children’s National Hospital, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington, and Refugees International.
  • Darcy Eischens was promoted to a newly created leadership role, Vice President, Operations & Development. Darcy’s 25-year tenure at UnidosUS includes her most recent role leading all aspects of fundraising and reporting for our policy and advocacy team to managing and supporting institutional fundraising. In this new role, Darcy will collaborate with the Chief Operations Officer to develop and carry out effective practices that strengthen UnidosUS’s collective work. Her portfolio will focus on building out the infrastructure needed for UnidosUS to accomplish, measure, and document progress toward yearly goals.
  • Mauricio Garcia joins UnidosUS as the Senior Vice President for Programs, providing strategic oversight of the organization’s programming—education, health, housing, financial empowerment, and workforce development—and ensuring its alignment with and advancement of UnidosUS’s vision, mission, and values. For nearly 20 years, Mauricio has worked at the intersection of civil society, government, and the private sector to strengthen our communities and strive for social and economic justice. Mauricio was most recently Chief Program and Engagement Officer at Friends of the High Line, a nonprofit organization and a public park in New York City.
  • Elizabeth Zamudio joins UnidosUS as Vice President of Education, where she leads education programmatic work, including K-16 programming, family and community engagement, and strategic impact with UnidosUS’s Affiliate Network. Elizabeth is a senior education expert with two decades of experience in the non-profit sector. Prior to joining UnidosUS, Elizabeth served as the Vice President of Program and Impact at Parent Institute for Quality Education (PIQE).

Learn more about UnidosUS new leadership here.