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Melissa Morales

Founder and President

Melissa Morales

Founder and President

Melissa Morales is the Founder and President of Somos Votantes (C4) & Somos PAC (527). In 2022, Somos ran a $23 million dollar Latino-focused electoral program focused in battleground states for the 2022 midterm elections, including the key states of Arizona, Nevada, and Michigan. In 2020, via Somos Votantes (C4) and Somos PAC (527), Melissa ran a $33 million program across 9 battleground states for the Presidential and key U.S. Senate races.

In addition, Melissa served as the 2020 Planning Consultant for the Statewide Arizona Wins program as well as the Florida State Director for Win Justice - a coalition of seven organizations, including SEIU, Community Change Action, Planned Parenthood Action Fund, Color of Change PAC, and multiple grassroots state organizations. Melissa’s previous roles include Research Director for Equis Research, Executive Director of SEIU Florida, 2018 Win Justice Florida State Director, and she also previously managed IE Programs for the 2016 Presidential Campaign in battleground states with SEIU. Through her work, Melissa has supported progressive candidates across the country, helped pass minimum wage ballot initiatives and helped restore voting rights to disenfranchised voters. Melissa is happiest when she’s surrounded by family - who anchors her and is the reason she does this work.

Miguel Avitia

Chief of Staff

Miguel Avitia

Chief of Staff

Miguel Avitia is the Chief of Staff for Somos Votantes and Somos PAC.  He joined Somos after a successful 20+ year career that encompassed community organizing, statewide coalition building, lobbying, policy victories, redistricting and candidate and independent campaigning. Miguel loves building up and cultivating leadership teams. Prior to joining our team, Miguel held  various state and national  leadership roles, most recently as the National Senior Deputy Political Director at America Votes.

Miguel has dedicated his career to electing leaders who reflect the communities they represent, to help pass policies that improve our lives and that remove barriers that prevent us from participating in our democracy.

Miguel is the proud son of immigrant parents from Durango, Mexico. He enjoys spending time with his son, Matias, going to the zoo and playing chess.

Laura Hernandez

National Partnerships and Program Director

Laura Hernandez

National Partnerships and Program Director

Laura Hernandez is the National Partnerships and Program Director for Somos Votantes and Somos PAC. She works with our state teams and partners to drive forward our mission to empower hardworking Latinos in shaping the future of our democracy.

Laura's unwavering dedication to the advancement of Latinos, especially mujeres Latinas, has been a lifelong passion. She joins Somos after over a decade of experience working to build power for working families who are often shut out of the political process. Most recently she worked at SEIU Florida training and preparing a new generation of community organizers and labor leaders.

Laura was born in Medellín, Colombia and was raised in South Florida. She has a dog named Bruno and enjoys reality TV shows. She is inspired by the women in her life, their resilience, strength and determination.

Emmanuelle Leal-Santillan

National Communications & Media Director

Emmanuelle Leal-Santillan

National Communications & Media Director

Emmanuelle Leal-Santillan is the National Communications and Media Director for Somos Votantes and Somos PAC. He provides innovative communications strategies to help amplify our national and state work as we empower the next generation of Latino voters.

Prior to joining our team, Emmanuelle led communications for Somos Un Pueblo Unido and Somos Acción in New Mexico. Through his communications work, Emmanuelle has helped Latino working families build long-term power by passing policies to increase the minimum wage, securing economic relief for those left out of COVID-19 assistance programs, and forming a new electorate that reflects the growing Latino population, especially in rural communities.

Emmanuelle was born in Durango, Mexico, raised in Las Vegas, NV, and has spent nearly two decades in various roles within the immigrant and workers’ rights movement. He is driven by his experiences as a Queer, Indigenous, formerly undocumented/DACAmented immigrant, and is inspired by his community’s resilience and perseverance. Emmanuelle enjoys spending time with his family, especially his adorable nephews.

María Reynoso

Digital Media Program Manager

María Reynoso

Digital Media Program Manager

María Reynoso is the Digital Media Program Manager for Somos Votantes and Somos PAC. 

She works with Somos Votantes and our State Teams to develop and execute impactful digital strategies and programs that amplify your message and help empower and motivate hardworking Latinos towards civic engagement through digital organizing.

María’s expertise lies in creating impactful digital strategies, cultivating meaningful partnerships with digital creators, and political causes. She has been dedicated to opening doors for Latinos and young people across her work. Most recently she worked at The Hub Project as the Digital Manager leading large-scale digital initiatives and spearheading impactful creator and texting programs that addressed pressing economic issues across 14 states. 


María was born in Guadalajara, Mexico and was raised in Virginia. She has a farm where she grows vegetables and takes care of her farm animals and two dogs. She enjoys cooking at home and listening to cultural and political podcasts. 

Cristian Avila

Arizona State Director

Cristian Avila

Arizona State Director

Cristian Avila was born in Mexico and moved to Phoenix, AZ when he was 9 years old. He has spent nearly two decades working to build power for Latino and immigrant communities.

As a DACA recipient, Cristian is driven by the passion, resilience and resolve of the immigrant rights movement.Cristian has worked with various progressive organizations like Mi Familia Vota, labor unions, national foundations, businesses, faith and public policy leaders.

He joins our team with vast experience in the areas of voter mobilization, electoral campaign strategies, community engagement, public policy advocacy, targeted field research, and bilingual communications campaigns.

Cristian is a proud father, a baseball fan, and can be seen wearing his cowboy boots while fighting to create change.

As the Arizona State Director, Cristian is working to ensure Latinos and immigrants in Arizona have the tools and opportunities they need to fully participate in our democracy by taking action in their own communities and building a better future for all.

Angel Lazcano

Nevada Program Manager

Angel Lazcano

Nevada Program Manager

Angel Gabriel Lazcano Jr. was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada. A first generation Mexican-American and son of a union service worker, Angel graduated from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas with a degree in Political Science in 2021.

Angel's political organizing experience began in 2018 during the midterm elections as a canvasser. During his time at UNLV, Angel represented the “Rebels for Bernie 2020” student organization as its Treasurer, helping turn out the youth vote around campus during the 2020 caucus. After graduating, Angel began organizing with the local DSA chapter and currently serves as Las Vegas DSA’s Housing Justice Priority Steward, helping tenants with eviction defense and tenant organizing. Angel was elected to Las Vegas DSA's Steering Committee in February 2022, and helps lead the chapter as a whole.

Now at Somos Votantes, Angel brings his political organizing experience and his passion for environmental justice to build strong, healthy communities across the state of Nevada.

Raquel Rascon

Nevada Organizer

Raquel Rascon

Nevada Organizer

Raquel Rascon is a community organizer in Nevada for Somos Votantes and Somos PAC. She was born in Atlanta, Georgia and currently lives in Las Vegas, NV. She is a proud Latina and daughter of immigrant parents from Mexico.

Prior to joining Somos, Raquel owned her own clothing store, which taught her the value of building connections with members of her community and listening to and responding to their needs. Attending a Somos event sparked Raquel’s interest in getting more involved in making sure everyone, including hardworking Latinos, have the tools and opportunities we need to fully participate in our democracy. 

Raquel knows and understands the needs of the Latino community and enjoys working with and for her community. In her role at Somos, Raquel leads the organization’s work to engage first time Latina voters like herself and uplift their stories and concerns.

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