Gente Unida Board of Directors
Nicole Ramos, Esq.
Nicole Ramos – Nicole Ramos is the Director of Al Otro Lado’s Border Rights Project. The project provides legal orientation to migrants in Tijuana, Mexico who wish to present themselves to U.S. authorities to seek asylum, conducts daily human rights monitoring at the port-of-entry, and engages in broader legislative, medial, and legal advocacy to challenge systemic human rights violations committed by state actors. Outside of Al Otro Lado, Nicole frequently serves as a guest lecturer at law schools, universities, professional associations, and community groups across the country.
Josefina Lopez is an award-winning Screenwriter/Playwright/Novelist and Performer who co-wrote the screenplay to the Sundance Audience Award winner, Real Women Have Curves. She is the Founder and Artistic Director of CASA 0101 Theater Art Space in Boyle Heights, where she presents plays, film festivals, teaches and empowers a new generation of Latino and women writers.
Ari Honarvar is the founder of Rumi With A View, dedicated to building music and poetry bridges across war-torn and conflict-ridden borders. She conducts Resilience through Joy workshops for refugees and volunteers on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border.
Erica Alfaro is a business owner, keynote speaker, Latino Education Advocate and the Vice-president of Toastmasters. An Educational organization that promotes the skills of communication, public speaking and Leadership. Erica often speaks to middle school, High school, community college and undergrad students across the country. Her story made headlines all over the world when her graduation pictures went viral.
Juan Rosas – Juan Rosas has been an educator for more than 20 years. He also dedicates his work to advocate for immigrants and to encourage widespread community involvement, addressing social injustices experienced by migrants. Juan runs Gente Unida in San Bernardino, at which they advocate for undocumented students by presenting at local districts, schools and local universities, advising undocumented students and families on how to attend colleges and universities.