Mónica Ramírez, Co-founder and President
Mónica Ramírez is the daughter and granddaughter of migrant farmworkers. She is also co-founder of Alianza Nacional de Campesinas. Mónica is dedicated to ending gender based violence in the workplace and achieving gender equity. She has served farmworker, Latina and immigrant women as an organizer, advocate and activist for more than two decades. In addition, she has represented farmworker and low-paid immigrant women in civil rights and employment cases. Mónica employs a holistic, victim-centered approach to her work and she is an ardent supporter of worker-led movements. She also has a long history promoting women’s leadership and political power, including leading Latinas Represent, the only national non-partisan initiative focused on increasing Latina representation and participation in public leadership positions.
Mónica is the founder of several major initiatives and projects, including Esperanza: The Immigrant Women’s Legal Initiative of the Southern Poverty Law Center and The Bandana Project, an art activism project aimed at raising awareness about sexual violence against farmworker women. She is an author and frequent public speaker. Mónica also serves as a consultant to lawyers, advocates and others on how to best support and represent farmworker women who are victims of workplace sexual violence.
Mónica holds a Juris Doctorate from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law and a Masters in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School. She received her undergraduate degree from Loyola University Chicago. Mónica currently serves as the Deputy Director of Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA). She serves on the Board of Directors of the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health (NLIRH) and, in October 2017, she was appointed to serve as a Commissioner on the Montgomery County (Maryland) Commission for Women.
Mily Treviño-Sauceda, Co-founder and Vice-President
Mily Treviño-Sauceda is Vice-President and Co-founder of Alianza Nacional de Campesinas, Inc. She began working in the agricultural fields alongside her family from eight years old until she was a young adult. Mily is credited for co-founding the farmworker women’s movement in California. Prior to this, she worked as a union organizer with the United Farm Workersin 1970s and early 1980s. She also worked as a community worker with California Rural Legal Assistance (CRLA). Mily raised her son, “Humberto,” as a single mother. Humberto is affectionately referred to as “El Hijo de la Comunidad” (Son of the Community) because he would attend meetings and adults with his mother throughout his childhood.
Mily first co-founded “Mujeres Mexicanas” (Mexican Women), in the Coachella Valley. With support of the CRLA Foundation, she co-founded Líderes Campesinas, in 1992, the first state-based farmworker women'a unique grass roots organization that became a statewide movement of campesina leaders advocating on behalf of campesinas. Mily served as the Executive Director of Lideres Campesinas for more than 12 years and was later named President of Emeritus of the organization and a board member.
In 2011, she helped to co-found Alianza Nacional de Campesinas, the first national farmworker women's organization. Mily has won numerous awards for her tireless efforts, including“100 Heroines of the World” in 1998 and the Cesar Chavez Legacy Award, among others. In 2016, the World Women Summit Foundation (WWSF) recognized her as one of nine laureates given the Prize for Women’s Creativity in Rural Life. She earned a Bachelors’ Degree in Chicano Studies with a Minor in Women Studies, at Cal State Fullerton and a Master’s Degree in Social Sciences: Rural Development and Capacity Building, Women’s Leadership and Oral History from Antioch University. Mily currently works as the head of programs for Lideres Campesinas and as a consultant.
Suguet Lopez, Alianza's secretary and Executive Director of Lideres Campesinas.
Suguet López is Lideres Campesinas’ Executive Director. She has been with Líderes Campesinas, for eleven years. She brings much experience and knowledge about issues that affect women, especially immigrant farmworker women. Ms. López, is one of the pioneers of the ‘Alianza Nacional de Campesinas’ (National Farmworker Women’s Alliance) and is its current Board Secretary.
Ms. López brings over two decades of commitment to social work and social justice as she volunteered in extracurricular activities to tutor and mentor peers in México, as well as in the U.S. She provided volunteer service at hospitals in México; and later within LA County area, in special programs, to help illiterate English speakers learn to read and write.
Ms. López was the first in her family to attend higher education and obtain a Bachelors’ Degree from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona – College of Agriculture and graduated with honors. She is also a fellow of the Women’s Policy Institute, sponsored by The Women’s Foundation in California.