About Us

LULAC

LULAC
The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), founded in 1929, is the oldest Latinx civil rights organization in the United States. LULAC was created at a time in our country’s history when Latinx folks were denied basic civil and human rights, despite contributions to American society. The founders of LULAC created an organization that empowers its members to create and develop opportunities where they are needed most. Members form local councils that help address community issues. These local councils report to their area districts. These area districts report to state officers. State officers report to a national board. For more information, please visit www.lulac.org.

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The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and more (LGBTQ+) Latinx community has always been a part of LULAC, both as members and leaders, throughout its many decades. On June 12, 2016, the very first LGBTQ+ LULAC Council -- created specifically for and by LGBTQ+ members -- was launched in Dallas, Texas. It was named The Dallas Rainbow Council, LULAC Council 4871. LGBTQ+ councils were later established in San Antonio, Washington D.C., Corpus Christi, the Rio Grande Valley, Northern Virginia and San Juan. In 2014, one of the co-founders of the Dallas council helped launch LULAC Lambda in the District of Columbia.

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On Oct. 27, 2014, the community came together to launch LULAC Lambda, Council 11125. Our mission is to mobilize and strengthen the LGBTQ+ and Latinx communities of the D.C. through community and civic engagement. 

Past Presidents include Victor Martinez (2014-2015), Alberto Flores (2015-2016), Jesse Garcia (2016-2020) and Erik Rodriquez (2020-2022).

Our 2024 Leadership

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President

Javier Aquino

Javier is an experienced director and manager for the American Psychological Association working in legal and regulatory affairs related to advocacy for rural mental health, state and local mental health providers, and government relations. As a longstanding member of DC's drag community, he has advocated for and built local spaces for queer joy and expression.

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Vice President

Edward Gonzalez

Edward currently works with a low income housing program, providing monthly subsidies for households in need. He has worked extensively with human services and has worked on programs such Medicaid, SNAP, Medicare, legal aid, adult services and child protective services. Edward graduated from George Mason University with a degree in Political Science and a minor in Public Policy.

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Secretary

Deshawn Cook

Deshawn Cook is a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion practitioner in the Legal industry. Before entering the Law Firm arena, Deshawn served in various Higher Education roles including Social Justice Education, Title IX, Residence Life, Human Rights Investigations, and Student Conduct. They are a proud native Brooklynite with strong love for their Black and Panamanian roots. Deshawn earned a B.A. in Psychology and a M.A.L.S from Ramapo College, a D.Litt in Fine Arts from Drew University, and a MSJ in Health and Hospital Law from Seton Hall University School of Law.

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Treasurer

Jesse Garcia

Jesse is a communications professional who has worked in public affairs for the federal government for 26 years. He attended schools in San Antonio, Texas, earning a B.A. from Our Lady of the Lake University and a M.A. from St. Mary’s University.

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Parliamentarian

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Active LULAC Lambda DC members interested in this position should contact President Javier Aquino -javipepo@yahoo.com

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Chaplain

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Active LULAC Lambda DC members interested in this position should contact President Javier Aquino -javipepo@yahoo.com

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Sergeant at Arms

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Active LULAC Lambda DC members interested in this position should contact President Javier Aquino -javipepo@yahoo.com
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Chair of Scholarship

Michael Ramirez

Michael’s career in Human Resources spanned 30 years in federal and DC government and private industry. Since a teenager, Michael has been actively involved in and managed several political campaigns at the local, state and federal levels. A former Peace Corps Volunteer having served two tours of duty in Honduras, Michael has a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from the University of Texas at Austin, and a Master’s degree in Social Work and Public Administration from the Lyndon Baines Johnson School of Public Affairs, University of Texas. Currently, Michael is actively involved with various DC area theatre boards and committees.

Annual Awards

2023

  • Board Member of the Year:  Zoe McShane
  • New Member of the Year:  Edward Gonzalez
  • Member of the Year:  Deshawn Cook  
  • Ally of the Year:  John (Cheeky Tita) Lopez, DC Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence 

2022

  • Board Member of the Year:  Michael Ramirez
  • New Member of the Year:  Elvis Montenegro-Leon
  • Mentor of the Year:  Erik Rodriguez
  • Lifetime Achievement:  Jesse Garcia 

2021

  • Board Member of the Year: David Jaramillo
  • New Member of the Year: Michael Ramirez
  • Member of the Year: Javier Aquino
  • Ally of the Year: Latin American Youth Center

2020

  • Member of the Year: Daniel Muñoz
  • Board Member of the Year: Bri Perez-Brennan
  • Ally of the Year: BHT Foundation

2019

  • Member of the Year: Alexa Rodriguez
  • Board Member of the Year: Julio Acevedo
  • Ally of the Year: Empoderate

2018

  • Member of the Year: Jimmy Chavez
  • Board Member of the Year: Erik Rodriquez
  • Ally of the Year: Human Rights Campaign

2017

  • Member of the Year: Mario Reynoso
  • Board Member of the Year: Patricio Provitina
  • Ally of the Year: Latinx History Project

2015

  • Member of the Year: Luis Torres
  • Board Member of the Year: Dion Barela
  • Ally of the Year: LULAC Office