Virginia Latino Advisory Board Members

The Board shall consist of 21 non-legislative members, at least 15 of whom shall be of Latino descent.  They shall be appointed by the Governor and serve at his/her pleasure.  In addition, the Secretaries of the Commonwealth, Commerce and Trade, Education, Health and Human Resources, Public Safety & Homeland Security, and Transportation, or their designees, shall serve as ex-officio members without voting privileges.  All members shall be residents of the Commonwealth. 

To the right is a list of current Board members.  (Updated March 2018)

Committee Descriptions

Education and Workforce Development

The VLAB Education and Workforce Development Committee examines the importance of education and workforce development in supporting Latino communities across Virginia.  By working with K-12 systems, higher education, and workforce development agencies in all regions of the Commonwealth, the committee works to promote greater educational attainment and equity, and stronger pathways to economic opportunity.

Chair: Eugene Chigna

Members: Aida Pacheco, Mercedes Santos-Bell, Gloria Rockhold, Vivian Sanchez Jones, Juan Espinoza 


The VLAB Business Committee examines the role of Latino businesses in the Virginia economy and considers ways to increase the economic prosperity of Latinos in the workforce.  The Committee works with Latino business owners and leaders across the state to help Latino-owned or Latino-focused businesses grow, and works to promote the importance and influence of Latinos as consumers and business leaders. 

Chair: Jorge Yinat

Members: Estuardo V. Rodriguez, Ana Solorio, and Chris Falcon 


The VLAB Healthcare Committee examines the health of Latino communities across Virginia and works to craft recommendations and policies that are sensitive to the needs and concerns of those communities. By working with health providers, and federal, state, and local partners, the committee promotes policies and practices that address the need to increase the numbers of insured Latinos and to encourage preventive health.  

Chair: J. Michael Martinez de Andino

Members: Cecilia Barbosa, Sergio Rimola, Mercedes Santos-Bell, Cecilia Williams

Civic Engagement

The VLAB Civic Engagement Committee examines strategies for strengthening relationships between Latino communities and all Virginians.  The committee promotes practices that are central to civic participation, including voting and voter registration, leadership, and service on state boards and commissions.  The committee also works with community partners to improve communication among Latino communities and state government and to raise awareness about issues of importance to Latino communities. 

Chair: Diana Vall-llobera 

Members: Julio Cesar Idrobo, Louisa Meruvia, Carolina Espinal, Zuraya Tapia-Hadley