BOARD

Elvira Carvajal, Co-founder & Board President

Elvira Carvajal, Co-founder and President of Alianza Nacional de Campesinas, Inc. Ms. Carvajal is originally from Michoacán, Mexico. She started working in the agricultural fields of Mexico at the age of eight along her father. She immigrated with her family in 1980 and lived in California and then in 1981 she moved to Florida and married Hector Guerrero. They have four children. She lost a pregnancy while working due to the kind of work she was doing at a nursery in Florida. Ms. Carvajal started volunteering with the Farmworker Association of Florida (FWAF) in the late 1990s in the office at Homestead, FL. Her passion volunteering gave her the opportunity to a part time job at FWAF. She soon started working full time has become the Area Coordinator. She has ample experience organizing and training trainers on health and safety. She became a herbalist as she learned from her past generations/her ancestral wisdom. She represents FWAF with La Via Campesinas (an international farmworker/peasant organization) on gender issues as well as pesticides and labor rights. She is leading the Community Garden project in the area of south Florida. She co-founded a women’s group “Proyecto Justicia Reproductiva” (Reproductive Justice Project), within the FWAF to talk about gender issues and teach each other art to then fundraise for their activism. This group plans and participates at statewide women conferences in Florida. She is a pioneer and co-founder of Alianza Nacional de Campesinas (the National Women's Farmworker Alliance). She became President of the Board of Directors of Alianza in 2018. Through all this, She received the “Community Building Leadership Award, 2018. Ms. Carvajal is also daily interacting in and with the community, conducting pesticide health and safety trainings with community members, dealing with cases of wage theft and workplace harassment, reporting cases of pesticide exposure, helping families impacted by immigration detentions/deportations, and more.

Elizabeth Cordero, Co-founder & Board Vice-President

Lorena Andrade, Co-founder & Board Treasurer 

Maria Perales Sanchez, Board Secretary

María Perales Sánchez, is the board Secretary of Alianza Nacional de Campesinas, Inc. Ms. Perales Sanchez is originally from Guanajuato, Mexico, and comes from a large family of Mexican farmworkers. She serves as a policy fellow at Centro De los Derechos del Migrante, Inc. (CDM), a transnational migrant workers’ rights organization. As an immigrant herself, Maria is committed to working alongside all migrant communities to combat abuses and advance justice.

At the age of sixteen, Maria began to advocate around DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), informing qualifying applicants about the process. While in college, Maria organized with her campus immigration advocacy group on issues surrounding wage theft, policing and immigration enforcement, deaths of migrants along the U.S.-Mexico border, and rights for day laborers. She also served as interpreter for asylum-seeking Central American women and unaccompanied minors in Texas. At CDM, she works alongside farmworkers, crab pickers, and other migrant worker women on issues of sexual assault and discrimination to advance workers’ rights and advocate for humane public policies.

A member of the first-generation, low-income community, Maria earned a B.A. from Princeton University in Public and International Affairs with minors in Latino and Latin American Studies.

Emma Torres, Co-founder & Board member

Emma Torres, MSW, is a co-founder and board member of Alianza Nacional de Campesinas, Inc. She is also the founder and the Chief Executive Officer of Campesinos Sin Fronteras, a community based grassroots organization serving farmworkers and their families in the border communities of Yuma County, Arizona. Ms. Torres has been working as a community representative and farmworker advocate since 1984. A former migrant farmworker herself, Ms. Torres now has over thirty years of public health experience, holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work and is a UCLA Johnson and Johnson Health Executive Program Graduate. Ms. Torres is a pioneer of the Arizona Community Health Worker / Promotora program starting the first CHW/Promotora program in Arizona in 1987. Ms. Torres started working as a pioneer promotora and assistant coordinator of the “Comienzo Sano” Prenatal Care Promotora de Salud Program in Arizona. Since then, she has been a strong proponent and advocate of the Promotora model as one of the most effective strategies in reaching and serving low-income Hispanic and migrant farmworker population. In 1991, Ms. Torres was selected as a member of the HHS, Migrant and Seasonal farmworker’s Health Advisory Group, in 1999, Ms. Torres, received the Robert Wood Johnson National Health Leader Award for her work with Farm worker Promotoras de Salud. In 2003, Ms. Torres received a presidential appointment to serve as a member of the US/Mexico Border Health Commission representing Arizona.Ms. Torres has received numerous awards for her work on behalf of the farmworker population and her leadership in working with Promotoras. These recognitions include the OHTLI award (the highest recognition awarded by the Mexican government to people who live outside the country); she was also recognized as one of the 10 Most Influential Hispanics in Yuma County in 2007; and received an appointment as a representative of IME (the Institute for Mexicans Abroad). In 2009, she was honored with the “Heart of Yuma Award” given by the Yuma community to individuals who have strengthened their community through their dedication, passion for service and volunteerism. For her lifelong investment in the field, in 2016, Ms. Torres received the Arizona Housing Hero Award from the Arizona State Department of Housing. Since the first Promotora de Salud Program started in Yuma County in 1987, Ms. Torres has assisted and mentored over 50 new Promtora de Salud projects throughout the country. Through a Robert Wood Johnson “Building Community Support For Diabetes Care grant award, Mrs. Torres was able to introduce the Promotora concept to national health service organizations and Federal Qualified Community Health Centers (FQCHC’s) federal system who adopted the Promotora model as part of their integrative care model.

Elodia Salvador, Board member

Elodia Salvador is a Board member of Alianza Nacional de Campesinas. She is also a board member of Líderes Campesinas. She is a single mother of two children and an indigenous woman from Guerrero, Mexico. Her native language is Nahuatl. She is the third of nine children. She worked since the age of nine in her home country to help her mother and siblings. In her teen years, she immigrated in the late nineties to work in two jobs: as a nanny and in a packing house the first year. Then has worked only in agriculture in packinghouses and in the fields of central coast region of California. She has endured much abuse and exploitation in her various jobs to support her mother, her siblings and her two children. Her multiple work experiences strengthen her noble character as she struggled as a survivor of multiple abuses in these workplaces. As she joined Líderes Campesinas, she learned about her rights. She became an advocate and supports others specially women, to learn their rights. She has become a champion in supporting women and guiding them to places of safety. This year she joined the board of Alianza Nacional de Campesinas.

Dolores Bustamante, Board member

Dolores Bustamante, board member of Alianza Nacional de Campesinas. She was born in Morelos Mexico. A single mother, she fled her country trying to get away from domestic violence. Along with her 3 year old daughter. Ms. Bustamante immigrated to the USA in 2003, in search of a better life for her and her family. She risked immigrating, leaving her mother and the rest of her children behind. It was not easy, but she knew it was the best choice she could have made in order to get away from the abuse she and her family had been going through. She arrived to New Jersey, where she worked for two years in factories and cleaning offices. After two years, she migrated to Florida to work in the fields cutting and picking various types of fruits and vegetables such as squash, oranges and watermelons. As a migrant worker, she had to travel to different states following the harvest including North Carolina, Maryland, Florida and upstate New York among others. After migrating back and forth for more than 3 years, Dolores decided to stay and live in upstate New York to work in a stable place on an apple farm.When she arrived to New York, she was happy with her job, but started to notice that she did not do any extracurricular activities. It was always the same routine each day work, home & sleep. Until one day, she received an invitation to participate in a meeting with the organization “Mujeres Divinas”. She decided to participate and started noticing that she was learning about her rights as a worker and how she could speak up to injustices. Ever since, she has been an active member and volunteer in several organizations such as Workers Center of Central New York, Mujeres Divinas, Alianza Nacional de Campesinas among others. She always finds time to support organizations that help farmworkers. She enjoys participating in protests, marches, and to speak to local politicians about issues that affect her community. She only went to elementary school as a child, she decided that in order to better herself and give a good example to her children and now seven grandchildren, she enrolled herself in English classes and is currently taking GED classes.Ms. Bustamante states that even though many people do not like working the fields like she didn't as a child; she now enjoys it and would rather work in this industry than any other because she can enjoy the outdoors, talk and meet new people each day and best of all sing as loud as she wants.

Paula Zambrano, Co-founder & Board member

Paula Zambrano, co-founder and board member of Alianza Nacional de Campesinas. She was born on June 18, 1959 in Guanajuato Mexico. As a child, her family migrated within Mexico, from Guanajuato to Tijuana, Baja California. She married, and finished high school in Mexico. Ms. Zambrano has dedicated her life volunteering and helping her community including churches and schools. She was part of her church choir, catechist, school volunteer, and The Mexican Red Cross. When her husband shared that at his job there was no longer work for him, they searched for employment. The family decided to move to the state of Washington with relatives and work in the fields and “bodegas” (packinghouses). She obtained her GED in Washington State. As Ms. Zambrano enrolled her children into the schools, she became active, participating in school events and activities. She began working in a fruit-packing house as a line worker and lately works doing maintenance/janitorial work. She has worked for the same packinghouse for over 21 years multitasking and helping to maintain a great workplace. After facing difficult times with her family in 2000, she became involved with several organizations such as Amigas Unidas, UFW in Washington, and Barrios Unidos among others. In early 2000s, Ms.Zambrano became a board member for Amigas Unidas and worked with Líderes Campesinas to provide her organization the tools needed to organize and create the infrastructure similar to Líderes Campesinas. In 2011, she became a co-founder and board member of Alianza Nacional de Campesinas. She enjoys working together with these organizations, because she is been able to speak up for those who cannot on issues such as violence against women including wages, worker rights and sexual harassment and assault. In 2005, she worked in “Plazas Comunitarias” a program created by the local Consulate. She taught people how to read and write in Spanish and handcrafting including knitting, make hats and more. In 2016, she worked for the University of Washington conducting research and studies on sexual abuse in labor fields and bodegas. Her dream was to see her children attend the university and she is a proud mother who is grateful to have seen that dream made a reality.

Staff

Mily Treviño-Sauceda, Executive Director & Co-founder Email: mily@campesinasunite.org

Mily Treviño-Sauceda is Executive Director 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.

Marisol Saucedo, Special Administrative Assistant to the Director Email: marisol@campesinasunite.org

Adelita Medina, Fund Development/Grant Writer Consultant

Lorette Picciano, Rural Coalition, Co-founder & Governance/Special Advisor

Mónica Ramírez, Co-founder & Special Advisor Email: monica@campesinasunite.org