The Latina/o Advisory Committee (LAC) is a subcommittee of the Community Action Board of Directors, charged with advising the agency on how to better serve and develop leadership among low-income Latina/o community members. The LAC network includes 100+ representatives of 20+ nonprofits, businesses, educational institutions, and individual community members who serve the Latino community in Skagit and Whatcom counties. The LAC democratically elects a representative to the Community Action Board of Directors, who serves in a Client Sector position.

LAC Network Group
2016 LAC Representatives

Regular Monthly Meeting: Second Thursdays, 7:45-9:00 a.m. Breakfast potluck and networking at 7:45, program or issue discussion 8:00-9:00.

Monthly meetings include a potluck breakfast, networking, issue discussions, and public policy listening sessions.

Members share events and resources via email throughout the year.

Location: Skagit Early Learners Conference Room, 320 Pacific Place, Mount Vernon

Map Link: https://goo.gl/maps/1yuYhFKKd1t

Note: In 2017 the LAC will host 2-3 Public Policy Listening Sessions in lieu of the regular monthly meeting; these sessions will run 7:45-9:30 a.m., one half hour longer than regular meetings.

Board Liaison: Yadira Rosales, Skagit Valley College

Board Alternate: Jorge Manzanera, Skagit Mediation

Staff Liaison: Elizabeth Jennings, Community Engagement Manger 360-588-5719

 

LAC Mission:

1) Networking and relationship building.

2) Advising Decision-Makers

3) Strengthening Community through Supporting Leadership Growth.

 

Focus Areas for 2017 and Beyond:

  • Increasing advocacy opportunities on issues that affect the Latino community
    • Host community listening sessions so that policy decisions makers the needs of the local Latino community
    • Participation in Legislative Advocacy days
  • Working with community members to develop and/or strengthen their advocacy skills
    • Supporting efforts of the MVSD Migrant Leaders Club
  • Supporting the Champions of Diversity scholarship program at Skagit Valley College: Since 2009, LAC has committed to supporting young multicultural leaders in our community by providing access to higher education.  
    • Pledge 9 scholarship for 2017-2018 academic year at Skagit Valley College
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Committed to raise $7, 500 by June 2017 – we’re almost there!

2017 Latina/o Advisory Committee Participating Organizations:

Anacortes VITA

Behavioral Health Ombuds

Brigid Collins Family Support Center

CCA/OPPCO

CCS FARMWORKER CENTER

Community Action of Skagit County

EDASC

El Camino Lutheran Church

Family man

Girl Scouts

Housing Authority

JobCorps

KSVR-FM

Migrant Student Leaders

Mount Vernon City Library

Mount Vernon School District

OIC of WA

Opportunity Council

Palliative Care Institute

Retired from Community Action

Sea Mar

Skagit County Superior Court

Skagit DVSAS

Skagit Mediation

Skagit Valley College

SPARC / P2P

Tierra Nueva

Visión Hispana

WorkSource Skagit

WSU Extension