National Council of La Raza

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The National Council of La Raza is a private, non-profit, and non-partisan organization "focused on reducing poverty and discrimination, and improving opportunities, for Hispanic Americans." It was established in 1968 and is headquartered in Washington, DC, but it has operations in Atlanta, Chicago, Long Beach, Los Angeles, New York, Phoenix, Sacramento, San Antonio, and San Juan, Puerto Rico.[1] It has been renamed to UnidosUS.

Its current President is Janet Murguía.[2]

Affliates by State

From the UnidosUS website:[3]

"Our Affiliates are community-based organizations that directly serve the Latino population across the country. They know the practical concerns and policy issues that affect their constituencies and are engaged in implementing innovative solutions."

"Communities Against Hate" Leader


National Council of La Raza is listed as a leader of the Open Society Foundation's Communities Against Hate initiative. [4]

"Communities Against Hate is a national initiative to collect data and respond to incidents of violence, threats, and property damage motivated by hate across the United States. The initiative leverages a reporting database ( that aggregates reports from victims, witnesses, and news accounts of hate incidents, as well as offers legal resources and social services to support people in need. Communities Against Hate aims to aggregate data on hate incidents, providing legal and social support, raising awareness, and educating the public on the prevalence of hate.
"The initiative is led by the Leadership Conference Education Fund, the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, and partner organizations representing diverse communities that reflect the fabric of America, including: Center for Community Change; Color of Change; Genders & Sexualities Alliance Network (GSA Network); Hollaback!; Muslim Advocates; National Council of La Raza; National Network for Arab American Communities (NNAAC); New York City Anti-Violence Project; and the Transgender Law Center. The Southern Poverty Law Center is serving as a strategic advisor to the initiative.

Board of Directors

Executive Committee

General board

Affiliate council


  • Alfredo Villaseñor, Vice Chair and Executive Director of Community Child Care Council of Santa Clara County
  • Maria Quezada, Executive Director of California Association for Bilingual Education




  • Maria Matos, Executive Director of Latin American Community Center, Inc.
  • Nicholas Torres, Executive Director of Congreso de Latinos Unidos, Inc.


  • Sonia Gutierrez, Executive Director of Carlos Rosario International Career Center
  • Tony Asion, Executive Director of El Pueblo, Inc.


  • Richard Farias, Executive Director of Tejano Center for Community Concerns
  • Mary Capello, President and CEO of the Texas Migrant Council

External links


  1. About
  2. 2008 Annual Report, download page
  3. Affliates by State (accessed July 11, 2022)
  4. The Leadership Conference Education Fund, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law & Nine Partner Organizations Launch Communities Against Hate National Initiative, accessed August 7 2018