Virginia Latino Advisory Board

Opposition to rescinding DACA

The Virginia Latino Advisory Board stands with the Governor's strong statement in opposition to rescinding DACA, which can be read fully here.

Governor McAuliffe has also joined Governor’s in a letter to Congress.

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March 1, 2018

Dear Board Members:

Thank you for your contributions to the Virginia Latino Advisory Board (VLAB), and for your service to the Commonwealth. I enjoyed holding a dialogue with many of you last month at the Patrick Henry Building, when we discussed ways we can work together to expand economic opportunity for Latinos.

In order to expand economic opportunity for all Virginians, our Commonwealth must be open and welcoming: our doors must be open and our lights on. That is how my administration will operate, and we are eager to work with VLAB to further this goal. As you work to identify goals and make plans for the coming year, I ask you to consider a few issue areas in particular.

I would ask the Board to provide recommendations to expand avenues for Latinos to succeed in the new Virginia economy. Our dialogue with Latino leaders last month touched on issues such as state contract and procurement opportunities, the lack of affordable housing, and wage theft. I am interested in the Board's recommendations on what my administration can do to help address these issues.

Additionally, I would ask for your recommendations on strategies to open access to government and make it more accessible to Latinos. There are nearly 300 boards in state government and over the course of my administration I will appoint over 3,000 individuals to serve. State government belongs to all Virginians, and one of my top priorities is to make it reflect the Commonwealth's diversity.

I look forward to working with VLAB on these issues, and many others. Thank you for your commitment to the Commonwealth of Virginia and the Virginia Latino Advisory Board.


Ralph S. Northam


Our mission is to advise the Governor on issues of concern affecting the health, economic, professional, cultural, and educational prosperity of the Hispanic and Latino community in Virginia.


We envision a VA that includes and advances the Latinx community by promoting greater opportunities while acknowledging the contributions of the diverse cultural heritage to the Commonwealth.


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The Virginia Latino Advisory Board (VLAB) encourages you to apply to serve on a state Board or Commission, and to nominate fellow Virginians.  Service on a board or commission is one of the best ways for Virginians to participate in their government, represent their communities, and make their voices heard. The Governor is committed to helping more Latinos be represented in our state government.

Please click the following link for a list of Boards and Commissions and current vacancies, and to submit an application or nominate someone.