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art by Favianna Rodriguez

Art by Favianna Rodriguez

“ You cannot uneducate the person who has learned to read. You cannot humiliate the person who feels pride. You cannot oppress the people who are not afraid anymore. ” – César Chávez, UFW

Presente.org Names Arturo Carmona as its new Executive Director

Organization Aims to Expand the Power and Reach of the Latino Community With Appointment

Jan. 12, 2012

JANUARY 12, 2012

San Francisco, CA -- Presente.org is pleased to announce the appointment of its new Executive Director, Arturo Carmona, a leader with deep roots and ample experience working in Latino and immigrant communities who began his position on January 4, 2012.

Following a comprehensive national search, the Board of Directors of Presente.org selected Carmona because of his combination of civil rights and community-based expertise, executive management and government relations experience. Following on the heels of a seminal year of accomplishments and work in the Latino community, Presente.org, the country's pre-eminent online Latino advocacy organization with over 250,000 members, will continue to expand the power of the Latino community in the United States. Under Carmona's stewardship, Presente will work in the upcoming election year and beyond to redefine and expand the meaning of citizenship in the U.S. by promoting a unique blend of civic, cultural and technological engagement at the local and national level. As the former founding Executive Director of one of the largest, immigrant led organizations in the country, Carmona brings unique experiences and skills to lead Presente in its effort to re-define Latino leadership and civic engagement.

“Presente's Board was deeply impressed by Arturo's accomplishments and leadership, particularly in his advocacy and management roles across a complex and diverse community of interests, both in the United States and outside” said Favianna Rodriguez, co-founder of Presente.org and Board President. Most recently, Carmona served as Executive Director of COFEM, an organization with a membership base of 300 hometown associations and tens of thousands of members - a perfect match for Presente as it moves to grow its membership by several more hundreds of thousands of Latinos and others committed to the cause of Latino empowerment.

“Mr. Carmona's leadership marks the next phase in Presente.org's growth as it becomes one of the most influential Latino organizations in the country. We are very fortunate to have him" expressed Ian Inaba, co-Executive Director of the Citizen Engagement Lab and board member of Presente.org.

“The enormous challenges that Latinos face in the United States must be confronted through intelligent and bold organizational and political leadership,” said Carmona. “We understand that this is a historic time for Latinos and will work tirelessly to ensure that this opportunity is seized to address the fundamental need for political and economic reforms for the whole community, particularly immigrants.”

Carmona will use his extensive skills and experience to shape Presente's work in mobilizing Latinos to take on the unique challenges facing Latinos and everyone in the United States. In addition to its traditional focus on immigration and under Carmona's leadership, Presente.org will engage their members to become involved in the upcoming elections. At the same time, the crisis-challenged year of 2012 will see Presente and Carmona actively initiating innovative Latino mobilization strategies around such critical issues as housing, media accountability, climate change and other important issues.

Carmona will follow the success of departing interim Executive Director Favianna Rodriguez, who led the organization in expanding its technological and political reach, its funding base and managerial capacity. Presente.org is grateful to Rodriguez, who in addition to being one of Presente's founders, is in her own right a committed artist of consequence with national and international stature. "We are grateful to Favianna for her leadership at precisely the time Presente and the Latino community needed it” said Inaba.


With more than a quarter million members, Presente is a major national organization dedicated to amplifying the political voices of Latino communities in the United States.