Staff

HELENA OLEA
Human Rights Adviser.

HELENA OLEA

Helena Olea serves as Alianza Americas Human Rights Adviser. She is a Lecturer at the University of Illinois at Chicago in the Departments of Criminology, Law and Justice and Latin American and Latino Studies. Helena is an international human rights lawyer with advocacy and litigation experience before UN Bodies and the Inter-American human rights system. Helena has been a university professor for over 10 years, teaching and researching on human rights, migration and refugees, and gender, both in Chile and in the US. Helena Olea es Asesora en Derechos Humanos en Alianza Americas. Ella es Instructora de la Universidad de Illinois en Chicago en los Departamentos de Criminología, Derecho y Justicia, y Estudios Latinamericanos y Latinos. Helena es una abogada de derecho internacional de derechos humanos, con experiencia en cabildeo y litigio ante los órganos de NU y el sistema interamericano de protección de los derechos humanos. Helena ha sido una profesora universitaria por más de 10 años, enseñando e investigando en derechos humanos, migración y refugio y género, tanto en Chile como en Estados Unidos.
OSCAR CHACON
Oscar A. Chacón is a co‐founder and executive director of Alianza Americas (formerly known as National Alliance of Latin American & Caribbean Communities­NALACC), an umbrella of immigrant‐led and immigrant serving organizations based in the United States of America, dedicated to improving the quality of life of Latino immigrant communities in the US, as well as of peoples throughout the Americas. Prior to his designation in 2007 in his current role, Oscar served in leadership positions at
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YANIRA ARIAS
Yanira Arias joined the Alianza Americas staff team in August, 2014 followed by the need for coordinated actions in response to the detention and stigmatization of thousands of Central American children and their families at the U.S southern border. By December 2014 she became Alianza Americas new National Campaigns Manger. A native of El Salvador, she brings more than a decade of experience in the field of public health, with special expertise in
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ZORAYDA AVILA
Campaign & Outreach Manager

ZORAYDA AVILA

Zorayda Avila comes from Zacapu, Michoacán. She holds  an undergraduate degree from the Universidad de Morelia in psychology, and a certificate in sexual education from the Instituto Mexicano de Sexologia in Mexico City. She currently lives in Chicago, where she is the Executive Director for the cultural and education center, Casa Michoacán in Chicago. She...
CRISTINA GARCIA
Cristina Garcia served on the Board of Alianza Americas, then NALACC, from 2010­ 2013. In July of 2014, she joined the team as Membership Mobilization Manager. Cristina has led the charge on the name change and rebranding efforts for the organization, a great first step towards the design and implementation of what will become Alianza America’s first new individual membership program. Overall, Cristina has been instrumental in helping lead the implementation of new systems and
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AMY SHANNON
Amy Shannon currently serves as NALACC’s Senior Advisor, supporting the financial management and development work of the Alliance, while also providing strategic and programmatic analysis and guidance. She is also a non­profit management consultant, primarily assisting foundations and NGO’s with program design and project evaluation. She has worked extensively in philanthropy, both as a consultant and as a program officer in the Environment Programs at
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EVELYN ANDRADE
Graphic Designer

EVELYN ANDRADE

Evelyn Andrade is a student at the University of Illinois at Chicago’s (UIC) School of Design. She majors in Industrial Design and really enjoys the problem solving and creative aspect of her career choice. Her ability to problem solve, think beyond what is possible, adapt and learn quickly sets her as a perfect candidate to pursue Industrial Design. Evelyn now works with Alianza Americas since October 2015. She spends her time updating social media, maintaining financial records,
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MARY BETH LEMAY
One of the original Alianza Americas staff, Mary Beth brings a wealth of nonprofit and business experience having worked nationally and internationally in the area of operations, information systems, fundraising and events for the nonprofit sector for over 15 years and as a consultant for PricewaterhouseCoopers. She holds a BBA from the University of Michigan and Masters...