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Latino and Latina Roundtable- Board Elections on November 18th 2023

Hi LRT Members,

Here are the bios of the 8 candidates for the 7 board at large seats for the Latino and Latina Roundtable. This is a two-year term. Meet the candidates and vote at the next meeting. The meeting is in person and there will be a zoom option for those who cannot be present in person.
1460 E. Holt Avenue Room 5
Pomona, CA 91767
Thank you for being a paid member and supporting Latino/a Roundtable,
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Karina Leon

I am Karina Leon, a married mom, daughter, sister, and friend born and raised in East LA with proud 1st generation Mexican roots—a long-time Pomona resident who believes in social and economic justice in our loving communities of working families. I have been a dedicated employee in the Labor Union Community for 25+ years with a passion for organizing, creating, laughing, and planning. I have worked professionally in the labor movement, organizing and mobilizing workers in all capacities. My career has flourished within the labor movement, and my passion for social justice shows in the top quality of my work and relationships. I tackle every day with a “Si Se Puede” attitude to accomplish the required objectives to meet our members’ needs, team objectives, and organizational goals. My work in the labor community fostered my participation as a Latino/Latina Roundtable member who has participated and volunteered in various meetings and events, bridging Union members to the social issues in our communities. During my free time, I enjoy traveling to the motherland with familia, relaxing with my husband, connecting with my children, and spending quality time with the rest of my family. They all have been integral to my work; I consistently strive to make them proud of our progress, advocacy, and presence in our communities.

Joshua Swodeck

I am an advocate for Culture through Arts, Education, and Community. I currently serve on the City of Pomona Cultural Arts Commission, School of Arts + Enterprise Board, and as a Member of the LA County Fair Association. For over 8 years, I served on the Pomona Council of PTAs over 23 Pomona schools. For over 6 years, I actively supported local artists through our gallery, Art Walk pop ups, curtain of exhibits, and continue to volunteer alongside my wife with the Alliance Cultural Center (Pomona4As). Earlier in his life, I spent over sixteen years, both professionally and as a volunteer, working with and mentoring young people in Miami, Brooklyn, South Central LA, Whittier, Covina, and Pomona. As a professional, I’ve spent over twenty years working with innovators, thought leaders, and community organizers, clarifying their marketing vision and developing specific strategies to forward their goals as a creative problem solver. My wife and I have two amazing children together.

Mike Suarez

First and foremost I am a Chicano, a person that will fight for Social Justice and is committed to improving the lives of all Latinos. Cesar Chavez, Dolores Huerta and Jose Calderon teach us these ideals. I have been on the Board of Directors of the Latino Roundtable for 3 and a half years and a member for 20 years.  The Latino Roundtable projects that I work on make a difference in the Latino community. We helped decrease the police checkpoints in Pomona and I helped sue the Pomona police department for raiding a Latino Roundtable community meeting at a local church. I’m now on the committee that will make Ethnic Studies a graduation requirement in Pomona , with college credit . A student that takes these classes are more likely not to be a truancy problem, not drop out and go on to college. Literacy is a passion of mine. I was appointed to the Pomona Library Board of Trustees from 2006 to 2017 and I was reappointed in 2021. I worked very hard to force the city to create a citizens police review commission. I am committed to bringing social change to our community! Thank You

David Estrada

David Estrada is a member of the Board of Directors of the Latino & Latina Roundtable. His passion is standing up for social justice issues related to working families. His career with the Service Employees International Union led to leadership positions as a Local Union’s Hospital Division Director and then as a National Coordinator to the Coalition of Kaiser Permanente Unions AFL-CIO, headquartered in Washington DC. David has remained active in the labor movement and beyond. He serves as a Board Member of the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement for San Gabriel Valley & Inland Empire.  He is a delegate to the L.A. County Federation of Labor, and the Inland Empire Labor Council for San Bernardino and Riverside Counties. He is Co-Chair of the California Association of Retired Americans for San Gabriel Valley. He serves as a good government observer for the League of Women Voters.

John Nolte

John Nolte served on the board of the PEOC (Day Labor Center), was active in Pomona Habla, has been elected twice to the Pomona City Council, and has been on the LRT Board since 2017. He is an attorney who represents students with disabilities and their families in special education matters. John heads up the LRT’s New Economy Committee, and helped this year to secure a $600K grant from the City of Pomona, in partnership with EcoCiv, to implement the Pomona Jobs Program. The PJP is a first step toward achieving LRT’s vision for a wellbeing economy that leverages the purchasing power of regional anchor institutions to build community wealth by investing in Pomona’s most vulnerable residents. John believes in all LRT does and that it is poised to grow and lead the region toward a quality of life for all that is healthier, freer, more equal, and more just.

Maria Galvan

My name is Maria Galvan and I live in Ontario, CA. I am a student at Mt San Antonio Community College, returning after 30 plus years. My goal is to graduate and earn a degree in child development. I joined the Latino /latina Roundtable after learning about their work on immigrant rights. I advocate on how to support the immigrant community especially those in fear of deportation and how they can defend themselves. I believe education is for all and especially for those who are systematically from disadvantaged groups. I enjoy watching documentaries, taking walks in the park and traveling.

Oscar Segovia

Growing up in the 1960’s and early ‘70s, my father, an educator, politician and civil rights activist, played a tremendous role in my civic, cultural and academic development. My mother had a profound impact on my moral and cultural development, both parents instilling pride in our Mexicano/Chicano identity.

Today, I am a husband to a high school administrator and father of three amazing children. This is my 25th year as a Social Science educator at Chaffey H.S. where I teach Newcomer U.S. History, Chicano/Latinx Studies (a class I created) and I am on a district Ethnic Studies committee.  I am also Co Advisor for our English Learner Program.

Last year, I was appointed to the LRT board where I served on legislative and Ethnic Studies committees and represented our organization at various community events.  I will continue to work helping our students and our community.  As Dr. King would often say, “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.”  With your support, I would like to serve another term as LRT board member bending that arc.


Oscar Segovia

Karen May

Karen May has a unique background that bridges community economic development; labor, community, and coalition organizing. Her current position as Political & Community Organizer with SEIU Local 1000 enables her to forge labor-community coalitions and hold civic leaders accountable. Karen’s early career was shaped by the United Farm Workers of America, working alongside iconic figures Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta. Wherever she has lived and worked, she has engaged in local organizing to promote justice and dignity for immigrants and community voices. Throughout her career, Karen has navigated diverse work environments – in private and public sectors, non-profit organizations, and hybrid structures. She is currently involved in the new “CA Jobs First ” economic development collaborative in the Inland Empire (called “Thrive Inland SoCal”). Karen holds two Master’s Degrees, in Community Economic Development, and in International Economics. She has championed innovative community development strategies and hybrid ownership structures that empower communities to create economic engines that drive change. Karen lives in Ontario and is very involved politically, serving as a delegate to the California Democratic Party, and a member of the San Bernardino County Central Committee. She is committed to helping develop local leaders with training and mentoring so that our communities can be self-determined by local residents. She believes in the mission and amazing work of the Latina/Latino Roundtable and looks forward to staying involved!

2023 LRT Candidate Bios.updated11.9.23 final

Invitation to face-to-face LRT Membership Mtg. this Saturday, March 19 from 1 -3 pm

Hi LRT Members and Friends,
This is your invitation to the Latino and Latina Roundtable face-to-face meeting.  We are so happy to be having a membership meeting in person (outdoors) this Saturday March 19th from 1-3 pm! Hope you can make it. The address of Pitzer College is 1050 N. Mills Ave..  See you at Pitzer College (Map is an attachment).
Membership Meeting on Saturday 3/19/2022! 
Come and see us in person! We will be outdoors and can’t wait to see you. Please look at the map that is attached for reference. If you have any questions please call (909) 480-6267. This is also a good opportunity to renew your membership if you have not done so. See you this Saturday at Pitzer College from 1-3 pm.

Latino and Latina Roundtable Announcements – March 14-March 19th 2022

Hi Everyone,

Wishing you a great start to the week. Here are some upcoming events.
1).18th Annual Cesar Chavez Breakfast – Thank you to everyone that has already supported! We appreciate you.

You can purchase tickets at this Eventbrite Link

2. Community Pull-Up today Monday, March 14th from 3-5 pm at Lopez Urban Farm! See you there. 
3. LRT Membership Meeting this Saturday March 19th at Pitzer College from 1-3 pm ! We have not met in person in a very long time! Out of precaution this event will be outdoors with plenty of space. 

LRT Membership Meeting Saturday 5/22/2021 1-3 pm on Zoom

Hi LRT Members,

It’s time again for our membership meeting. Here are the details below-
Saturday May 22nd 2021
1-3 pm via zoom
Please let me know if you have any questions,
(909) 480-6267
Roundtable is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: LRT Membership Meeting – May 2021
Time: May 22, 2021 01:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 929 3125 5650
Passcode: 2021

Invitation to LRT Membership election meeting on election of LRT officers and Discussion on National Presidential Elections

This is your invitation to the Latino and Latina Roundtable membership meeting online this Saturday, November 21 at 1 P. M. (the zoom link is below) .  Only those members who are in good standing (who have completed an application and paid their dues before Oct. 16, 2020) are being invited to this meeting. We need your participation to this meeting for the purpose of electing four members that have been nominated for the LRT officer positions.  Those nominated for the four positions include:
President:  Jose Calderon;
Vice-President:  Angela Sanbrano;
Secretary: Alicia Rodriguez; and
Treasurer: Rose Calderon.
John Nolte was nominated for Secretary but has decided to withdraw.  As per our by-laws, the LRT election needs to have a quorum of 25% of the members – so it is important that you participate in this meeting.  After the election of the officers, the LRT will hold a discussion on “The Results of the National Presidential Election and the Road Ahead.”  We look forward to seeing you on November 21st.
Jose Zapata Calderon
President of the Latino and Latina Roundtable

Urgent: Please RSVP for Saturday meeting

In an effort to get a count on how many of our members will be able to attend the Latino and Latina Roundtable membership meeting this Saturday, November 16th at 1 PM (see the message below), Lina Mira, our director has created an RSVP link.  We really need your involvement at this time as we take up the important task of voting on the seven at-large members for our board.  So please take a moment of your time and complete the RSVP so that we can ensure the percentage of membership required for our board election on Saturday.

Here is the link:

To:  Members of the Latino and Latina Roundtable

As per our by-laws, the Latino and Latina Roundtable will be electing seven at-large members at its membership meeting on Saturday, November 16th to serve on the board for the next two years.  Nominations took place at our General Membership Meeting on Saturday, October 19th (the nominees are listed at the bottom of this message).  Our election meeting will take place  Saturday, November 16 at 1 PM at the Solidarity Center (1460 E. Holt Ave., Entrance #3 – Room 6 in Pomona).   

To be able to vote in the election set for November 16th, you have to be a paid member in good standing (30 days prior to the election).  In order to vote at the November 16th election, you also must be present at the meeting.  If you have been nominated for the board, as a nominee you should be prepared to make a one-minute statement as to your involvement in the Latino and Latina Roundtable and why you want to be on the board.  Any nominee that does not show up to the meeting on Nov. 16th and make a statement will be taken off of the list. We will use computers to vote and a ranked choice system that will be explained at the meeting.

If you have any questions, please contact Jose Calderon ( or Angela Sanbrano (

The nominees are as follows:

  1. Melanie Andreo
  2. Melissa Ayala
  3. Julissa Espinoza
  4. Maria Galvan
  5. Josue Garcia
  6. John Nolte
  7. Gilda Ochoa
  8. Fabian Pavon
  9. Ion Puschila
  10. Madeline Rios
  11. Alicia Rodriguez
  12. Magdaleno Rose-Avila
  13. Reina Schmitz
  14. Ben Wood
Jose Calderon, President of the Latino and Latina Roundtable
Lina Mira, Director
Latino Latina Roundtable
1460 E Holt Avenue #144
Pomona, CA 91767
(909) 480-6267


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Save the date: Latino/a Roundtable meeting Sat., August 17 at 1 PM


Please save the date:  The next membership meeting of the Latino and Latina Roundtable meeting is on Saturday, August 17 beginning at 1 PM at the Solidarity Center at the Village

(1460 E. Holt Ave. in Pomona — Entrance #3 – Classroom 6).   The meeting will include: update and status of director search and process; reports on community development and immigrant rights work; summary of recent forums (New Economy, The Future of Education) and plans for upcoming forums on Leadership Development, Economic Democracy, etc.).  The meeting will also include plans for a clean-up day at Cesar Chavez Park on September 7, responses to immigrant attacks, Border Bridges Project, College for all Coalition, and status of rent control, street vendor, and police commission initiatives.



Latino and Latina Roundtable of the San Gabriel and Pomona Valley

Invitation to LRT Membership Meeting and Forum on Nov. 17

You are invited to the Latino and Latina Roundtable membership meeting on Saturday, November 17 beginning at 1 PM at the Solidarity Center at the Village (1460 E. Holt Ave. in Pomona — Entrance #3 – Classroom 6).  The meeting from 1 -2 will elect the executive board that include the following nominations:  Jose Calderon for President; Angela Sanbrano for Vice President; Kathy Cabrera for Secretary; and Rose Calderon for Treasurer.  After the election at 2 PM, a forum will be held, “Journey for Justice: The California Caravan, Temporary Protective Status, and DACA” by Angela Sanbrano.