Juntos Board Members

Denisse Agurto – is a community leader in the Norristown committee and has been involved with Juntos as a leader since our first campaign there to stop racial profiling at license checkpoints. She is a case manager when not organizing. Her family is from Peru and she has been in the US for over 10 years. She joined the board in 2014.

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 2018 and currently serves as Treasurer.

Fran Cortes – Secretary – Is the the Interim Executive Director of GALAEI, a Latino LGBTQ rights organization in Philadelphia. He was born in Mexico, immigrated as a child and was raised right outside of Philadelphia in Kennett Square, where his parents are agricultural workers. He graduated from Temple University and joined the board in 2016.

Frances Kreimer – Frances Kreimer is the clinical teaching fellow at Villanova University Law School’s Clinic for Asylum, Refugee and Emigrant Services.  Frances was born in Philadelphia, and previously served as the co-director of the Deportation Defense and Legal Advocacy Program at Dolores Street Community Services in San Francisco. Frances joined the board after returning to Philadelphia in 2019.

Emiliano Rodriguez – President – Is a regional director of the union Unite Here! He is originally from El Paso, TX, is Chicano, and has been doing work on labor issues and immigration reform for over 10 years.  He joined the board in 2013.

Jennifer Harford VargasJennifer Harford Vargas is an Associate Professor of English at Bryn Mawr College. Her teaching and research focuses on narratives of undocumented migration and  representations of dictatorship in literature and popular culture. Her family is from Colombia. She joined the board in 2018.