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For Immediate Release

Mixteca Announces New Executive Director Karla Alvarez

and Expanded Board Members

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2018
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The Board of Directors of Mixteca Organization, Inc. is pleased to announce Karla Alvarez as its new Executive Director. Karla is a seasoned nonprofit leader, with over ten years of experience leading human rights, social justice and development initiatives. Karla specializes in youth and gender programming, with a focus on developing evidence-based models for social change.

Karla will help shape and lead Mixteca’s immigrant advocacy efforts and programs for Brooklyn’s recently arrived Latin American immigrant families. Karla will lead Mixteca’s administrative, programming, fundraising and financial areas, managing the organization’s nine staff members and more than 30 volunteers and interns. She will serve as the main spokesperson for the organization, overseeing the quality of our programs and lead efforts to increase and diversify our funding portfolio.

Prior to joining Mixteca, she was formerly Deputy Country Director at Heartland Alliance International in Mexico City, overseeing a program portfolio that spanned four states and led an organizational restructuring process that prioritized qualitative and quantitative data collection to better understand community needs and assess program impact. Karla also worked as Program Officer at the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice at the University of San Diego where she led human rights and social justice programming for more than 2,000 youth per year. She has served as consultant and technical advisor to other nonprofits and social initiatives in Mexico, Guatemala, Israel/Palestine and other countries. Karla is experienced in securing and implementing multi-million and multi-year grants from foundations and government agencies, as well as donor engagement efforts with corporations and individuals. Karla received her Master’s in International Peace Studies from the University of Notre Dame. She graduated cum laude from the University of San Diego with a bachelor’s degree in International Relations.

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“It is an honor to join Mixteca at this critical moment for immigrant rights in the United States and continue to build on almost two decades of providing a safe and welcoming space for the Latino/a community. It is inspiring to see so many families come through our door to build community, increase their skills and embrace their own sense of agency. Over the course of the coming weeks, I look forward to meeting more immigrant families and allies in the New York community to better understand the needs and opportunities for greater collaboration.” – Karla Alvarez, Mixteca Executive Director

“We are pleased to welcome Karla as Mixteca’s next leader. Karla brings years of nonprofit management and program development experience to Mixteca and is the right leader to help grow and scale our community-based project. For more than 18 years, Mixteca has helped meet the most critical needs of Brooklyn’s newly-arrived immigrant community. As new threats to our community arise, we are confident that Mixteca will continue to be a place of strength and empowerment for Brooklyn’s recently-arrived immigrants under Karla’s leadership.” – Rodrigo Camarena, Chair of Mixteca’s Board of Directors

Mixteca also welcomes the incorporation of Carolina Rubio-MacWright, immigration attorney and Anayeli Gomez, Community Liaison for the Office of New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer. Mixteca extends its appreciation to Board Chair Rodrigo Camarena for stepping into the Interim Executive Director role since November 2016 and supporting Karla in her transition.


About Mixteca:

Mixteca Organization Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering the Latin American immigrants of the New York area by providing access to services that enhance the community’s social and economic development.

Mixteca responds to the unique needs of Latino/a immigrant families through comprehensive services that include: adult basic literacy/ESOL, health promotion, gender-based violence sensitization, mental health, immigrant rights education and immigration legal services. For more information, please visit: www.mixteca.org

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