OUR MISSION: 

Forward Latino is a non-profit, non-partisan advocacy and service organization dedicated to assisting Latinos pursuing the American Dream. Forward Latino fulfills its mission through advocacy, civic engagement, education and service delivery.


OUR REACH:

Forward Latino currently has members throughout Wisconsin and in 18 others states across the country.

OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS:

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Mr. Darryl Morin, President & Chairman of the Board

 Darryl Morin is President & CEO of Advanced Wireless, Inc. serving customers in 14 countries.  In addition to his professional efforts, Mr. Morin serves on the Board of the Greater Milwaukee Foundation and the MIlwaukee Jewish Museum, as Board Secretary of Employ Milwaukee and as Vice Chair of the Board at the Hmong American Peace Academy, our nation's largest Hmong population serving educational institution.  For his many philanthropic efforts Mr. Morin was named Hispanic Man of the Year by UMOS, named a "Friend of Education" by the State of Wisconsin, named to the United Way of Greater Milwaukee's "Philanthropic Five" and more.  Darryl is a charter member of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee Justice for Immgrants Committee and founding member of the Latino-Jewish Alliance.  He also served as LULAC National VP-Midwest and was responsible for all advocacy and service programs for the 12 state region.  Mr. Morin is a graduate of the University of North Texas and is a proud husband and father to two sons. 

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Joe Henry, Vice President & Director

 Joe Enriquez Henry is a graduate of Iowa State University and former LULAC National VP-Midwest serving a 12 state region.  A former Washington DC staffer for the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Mr. Henry served in various capacities, ranging from leading national field and civic engagement campaigns to contract negotiations for the 1.5-million-member union from 1992-1999. From 1999-2003, he managed issue and candidate campaigns, ranging from city council to congressional and a statewide effort to stop “English Only.”  In 2012, as state director for LULAC, worked with the ACLU to take on a 2-year battle against the Iowa Secretary of State who attempted to suppress the vote amongst Latinos and other minorities.  Led a successful 5-year statewide voter outreach effort that culminated into tens of thousands of additional registered Latino Voters, a first ever data base of identified registered Latino Voters, and a record turnout of Latinos in the 2016 Iowa Presidential Caucuses.  For his many efforts, Mr. Henry was award the Louise Noun Award by the American Civli Liberties Union Foundation of Iowa. 

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Eileen Figueroa, Secretary & Director

 Eileen Figueroa is a passionate community advocate. She has and continues to lobby for DREAMers, immigrant rights, education and against family detainment across the state of Wisconsin and through to the doorways of Capitol Hill.  Eileen works with the Milwaukee Public Schools Superintendent and others on the district's Black and Latino Male Achievement Initiative and more.  Ms. Figueroa just completed her tenure as State Director for the League of United Latin American Citizens and was the Chair of the host council that organized the 2019 LULAC National Convention in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  With her Bachelors of Science Degree in Criminal Justice, she is passionate about improving public safety. Eileen advocates for the implementation of community-based problem oriented policing strategies across the state as a member of the Community Coalition for Quality Policing. Professionally, Eileen coordinates hundreds of volunteers throughout the state of Wisconsin for a major non-profit, which provides life-sustaining products to thousands of patients in the communities they serve. In addition to being committed to a life of service, Eileen is a proud wife and mother. 

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Bevin Christie, Treasurer & Director

 

Bevin Christie is an educator who believes in educating the whole child and closing the achievement gap.  Bevin has been involved with education and workforce development for over 20 years. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communication, Management, and Technology and a Master of Arts in Education with a focus in Career Readiness K-12 both from Alverno College.  She currently serves on the board for the Zeidler Center for Public Discussion and the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network (YNPN). She is a member of the AAUW Milwaukee Chapter, League of Women Voters, is certified through Alverno’s Leadership Academy for Character Education, Cardinal Stritch’s Mission Fuel Non-profit Leadership Program, and Marquette’s Future Milwaukee Community Leadership Program.  Bevin is passionate about reforming education in the city of Milwaukee to better serve all students.

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Dr. Arturo Martinez, Director

 Dr. Arturo Martinez is the Associate Dean of Bilingual Instruction at Milwaukee Area Technical College and previously served as the President of the National HEP/Camp Association and has served as LULAC Wisconsin State Director.  Dr. Martinez was the architect behind the Ford Driving Dreams Initiative in Milwaukee, Wisconsin which resulted in "at-risk" students, at a rate of over 97% graduate high school and successfully transition to college.  Dr. Martinez also travels the country sharing is expertise in educating Adult English Language Learners (ELL) with colleges and universities across the country. 

Policy advisors:

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Director of Policy for Military & Veterans Affairs

Ms. Yolanda Medina


Ms. Medina enlisted in the United States Marine Corp in 1981, graduated from boot camp at Parris Island, SC. and went on to become the first female aircraft system technician in the Corp working on AV8-A and AV8-B Harrier Jump Jets. Upon completing her military service with her husband Joe Medina, they moved back to Waukesha where she served as Director of the Office of Military & Veteran Student Services at Carroll University, joined and served in the American GI Forum, launched the Wisconsin Latino Veterans Memorial Foundation and assisted with the Milwaukee County War Memorial. She is currently the Director of the UW-Milwaukee's Military And Veterans Resource Center (MAVRC).  Ms. Medina received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religious Studies and a Master’s degree in Adult, Community and Professional Education from Carroll University and plans to enter the Ph.D. program in Anthropology at UW-Milwaukee in the spring of 2020 to continue her research on Moral Trauma in the military.