Juntos Board Members
Denisse Agurto | Board Member
Denisse is a community leader in the Norristown area and became involved with Juntos as part of an early campaign to end racial profiling at police license checkpoints. She is a graduate of Albright College where she studied psychology. When not organizing in the community, she works as the Lead Community Health Worker at the ACLAMO Family Center in Pottstown, PA. Originally from Peru, her family has lived in the US for over 10 years. Denisse has been a board member since the summer of 2014.
Amada Armenta | Board Member
Amada is a professor of sociology specializing in areas of race and ethnicity, immigration, and crime and justice. Currently, Amada is an Assistant Professor of Urban Planning at UCLA. Her research focuses on how government bureaucracies respond to the presence of Latino immigrants and conversely, how Latino immigrants adapt to life in the U.S. Amada is originally from El Centro, CA and her family is 3rd generation Mexican. Amada has been a part of the Juntos board since 2014.
Francisco Cortes | Secretary
Francisco is the Interim Executive Director at GALAEI, a Latinx LGBTQ rights organization in Philadelphia. He was born in Mexico and immigrated to the U.S. as a child. Francisco was raised right outside of Philadelphia in Kennet Square where his parents work and live as agricultural workers. Having graduated from Temple University with a B.A. in psychology, Francisco’s work centers on identifying and advocating for the needs of marginalized LGBTQ identified individuals and the empowerment of queer, trans, Latinx and Black youth. Francisco also serves on the Mayor’s Office of LGBT Affairs Commission. Francisco joined the board in January of 2016.
Erika Guadalupe Nuñez | Vice President
Erika Guadalupe is a community organizer for immigrant rights and racial justice. Originally from Mexico, she has worked on local and national campaigns to end deportations and detentions since 2011. As the resident artist at Juntos, her work focuses on utilizing art as a tool for social change and leading art-based civic engagement projects to produce community owned images for rallies and campaigns. She has received numerous grants to support Juntos’ budding art program, including a fellowship through the Knight Foundation and the 2017 Leeway Transformation Award. Erika Guadalupe is currently the Manager of Community Programs at Fleisher Art Memorial and graduated from Bryn Mawr College with a degree in Fine Arts. She joined the board in the summer of 2014.
Emiliano Rodriguez | President
Emiliano is a longtime organizer for labor issues and immigration reform and has worked on these issues for over 10 years. Originally from El Paso, TX, Emiliano identifies as a Chicano. Emiliano is a lead organizer with UNITE HERE Local 274, the hotel and food service workers union. Emiliano joined the board in 2013.
Kasey Thompson | Treasurer
Kasey Thompson is a consultant and social entrepreneur dedicated to improving opportunity and equity for vulnerable youth. She has worked alongside immigrant communities throughout her career – from research and microcredit support in Quito, Ecuador, to building the capacity of neighborhood organizations in Eastern North and Southeast Philadelphia, to grantmaking in the region. Kasey works with groups to design new initiatives, secure resources, communicate powerfully, and sustain high quality programs that effect positive social change. She holds a Master’s degree in Nonprofit Management and is certified as a Trauma-Competent Professional by Lakeside Global Institute. Kasey joined the Board of Juntos in spring 2018 and currently serves as Treasurer.
Jennifer Harford Vargas | Board Member