Board of Directors
The National Institute for Latino Policy (NiLP) is governed by a Board of Directors made up of some of the leading professionals in their fields. Former NiLP Board member, Jenny Rivera, was recently appointed as an Associate Justice of the NYS Court of Appeals by Govenor Andrew Cuomo. Our current 7-member Board includes:
José R. Sánchez, a political scientist whose research has focused on Puerto Rican and Latino policy issues and politics. He is a
full professor of political scence at the Brooklyn campus of Long Island University, where he chairs the Urban Studies
Department. He is the author of Boricua Power, a co-author of The Iraq Papers and one of the founders of NiLP.
Edgar De Jesus, a veteran union organizer and community activist. He is the Executive Director / Area Organizing Director of
the Servidores Publicos Unidos de Puerto Rico, Council 95, AFSCME, AFL-CIO.
Israel Colon, a longtime community activist and public administrator. He most recently served as the Director of the Office of
Multicultural Affairs for the Mayor of the City of Philadelphia and is currently a program development consultant.
Hector Figueroa, an economist, is the President of SEIU’s Local 32BJ in New York City, the largest private property
management labor union in the United States.
Tanya K. Hernandez, a Fordham Law School professor whose research focuses on issues of race within the Latino
community. She is, most recently, the author of Racial Subordination in Latin America: The Role of the State, Customary Law
and the New Civil Rights Response and a frequent contributor to the New York Times.
Maria P. Rivera Salmeron, an attorney and longtime entrepreneur and community activist. She is currently a managing partner
with Nuestros Refrescos Import Company based in New Jersey, and an adjunct professor at the New Jersey Institute of
Technology and Essex County College.
Angelo Falcón, a political scientist and co-founder of the National Institute for Latino Policy (NiLP), which he has directed since its
founding in 1982.