The members of the IACO Board of Directors are elected every four years and are chosen from among the leaders and professionals who with their work have demonstrated their interest in promoting the well-being of the immigrant community.
Lorenzo Hernandez - President
With a master's degree in social work from Rutgers State University, for 36 years he was director of the Passaic Hispanic Information Center, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping low-income families, youth, children who they need foster homes and alcoholics. For his community work, Mr. Hernandez has received numerous awards: Passaic County has honored him with the Berlin Wiesler and Visiting Homemaker awards; The New Jersey State Assembly honored him with a resolution for Meritorious Service and Leadership; the city of Passaic honored him with the Exemplary Citizen award; and the Hispanic Police and Firefighters Association of the city of Passaic with the Civic Leader, among others.
Carlos M. Gonzalez - Vice president
A member of the Newark City Council since 2006, Mr. González is a leader dedicated to helping the community and with a background in the financial and legal sector. In 1979, González graduated with a master's degree in accounting from the International Institute of the Americas. With all determination and ambition, she used her savings to study law full time. In 1992, Rutgers University awarded him a Juris Doctorate and he began working with a Wall Street law firm. In Newark, González established a reputable firm specializing in real estate, bankruptcy, and family matters. González is a board member of Essex Community College and an active member of the following organizations: American Immigration Lawyers Association, New York Bar Association, and the Hispanic Bar Association.
Mark Perry - Secretary
An attorney from the University of Pennsylvania with a specialization in Immigration Law from Yale University, Mr. Parry has more than 15 years of experience presiding over his own firm and collaborating with non-profit organizations that assist immigrants. . Because of his vast experience and respect, Mr. Parry is constantly invited to participate in conferences and symposia on immigration law. He was also chair of the Legal Service Committee - Immigration Policy of New Jersey, is affiliated with The American Association of Immigration Attorneys, New Jersey Chapter, and is a member of the NJ Bar Immigration Ethics Committee. He has collaborated with IACO for several years offering legal advice to its members.
Daniel Santo Pietro - Treasurer
Historian and political scientist, Santo Pietro was, for 12 years, executive director of the Hispanic Directors Association of New Jersey, a network of more than thirty community organizations in New Jersey. Previously, he had XNUMX years of experience working with non-profit organizations. Currently, Santo Pietro is director of public policy for the Latino Action Network, an organization that works to promote the equitable inclusion of the Latino community at all levels of American society. Santo Pietro graduated as a historian from Harvard College and took a master's degree in political science and Latin American studies at Stamford University.
Victor Javier Solano - Vocal
Víctor Javier Solano is the host of Noticias Univision 41 Fin de Semana and a reporter for Noticias Univision 41. For more than 20 years he has practiced television journalism. Initially, his career was spent in his native Colombia, after studying Journalism in Bogotá. In 1995, he arrived in Washington, DC, as a correspondent for Noticiero QAP. Two years later, he joined the Spanish-American network CBS Telenoticias; initially as a correspondent in Washington and later as a news anchor in Miami. For seven years he worked for Telemundo in Chicago and New York, as a presenter and reporter. Now, as a weekend presenter and reporter, Victor Javier puts his experience at the service of the Hispanic community in the tri-state area. In 2008, Víctor Javier was recognized with the ACE (Association of Critics in Entertainment) award for his excellent work as a communicator.
Sandra P. Banguero - Vocal
Sandra P. Banguero is a journalist with more than 15 years of experience in the national and international field. He has been in charge of public relations in different non-profit organizations. Among the institutions in which Sandra Banguero has worked, the following stand out: El Nuevo Hudson and North Jersey Media Group. This allowed him to serve the Hispanic community in a close and direct way.
Jimena landino - Vocal
A graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University, MAT World Languages, and a theater actress, she graduated from La Escuela de Formación de Actores del Teatro Libre in Bogotá, Colombia. Jimena has participated in more than 25 plays, and has been invited to international festivals. She has worked with ID Studio Performance and Research Center, NY since 2001. Jimena worked with Alianza Dominicana between 2002 and 2004. She worked in several plays at the Teatro de los Nativos in Queens, New York, and volunteered at the Center for Traditional Music and Dance, CTMD, NY, from 2003 to 2005. In 2006 he won the Swing Space Award provided by LLCM in New York, and in 2007 he won the Puffin Foundation award in Teaneck, NJ. Jimena was the director and producer of "The Immigrant Guide in Public TV" while working at IACO in Passaic, NJ. Jimena was President of the Institute of Latin American Culture and Art, ICAL, where she used to direct an educational project theater, and teach Spanish to children and adults, from 2009 to 2013. In 2012, Jimena participated in the XIII Ibero-American Theater Festival in Bogotá, Colombia , where he played the “main role of“ País de Bicicleta ”by Nilo Cruz. From 2013 to 2015 he got his first job as a Spanish teacher at Hackensack High School. Then from 2015 to 2018 he worked for the Ramapo District of Indian Hills HS. In 2018 Jimena created a curriculum for citizenship applicants and a series of instructional tools to serve this community. He currently works at Pascack Valley HS, a district where he definitely feels he is in the right place, and looks forward to continuing to serve and grow as an educator. She has also been an adjunct professor at Bergen Community College for three years.
Juana I. Inurritegui - Vocal
Juana Inurritegui is a Social Worker, graduated from Rutgers State University. He has served in the Social Services career since 2010 and has been of great help in guiding the organization to better serve the community. Your support in the challenges we face as an immigration affairs organization has helped us improve community representation on immigration issues.