Carlos José Chaparro, New Haven
Carlos José Chaparro is a student and a Business Banking Specialist in the Greater New Haven area. Currently, he attends Albertus Magnus College where he studies finance and is passionate about finding solutions to the issues that Puerto Rico and its diaspora are facing. As a member of the Puerto Rican diaspora, he feels a sense of responsibility to ensure that people on the island are heard and to stand with them in solidarity. Carlos comes with a diverse group of experiences from his work with other organizations such as the Department of Children & Families, Inspirica Inc., and Casa Otoñal. Coupled with his experience in the financial services sector, he is confident that he brings character, leadership, and the relationships necessary to meet the goals needed to produce change for his people.
Eden Eve Rivera Middlesex
Eden, born in Hartford, Connecticut and raised in the small town of Portland, is a first generation college student. She is the first in her family that aims to achieve a Master's degree in Social Work and is a proud Puerto Rican veteran of the U.S. Army. Eden has strong identifications with the professional social work values- self-determination, fairness, promoting resources, and honoring the worth of each individual. She is currently working as a Graduate Research Assistant and also as a Practicum Intern for both the Puerto Rican and Latin@ Studies Project (PRLSP) and Just Community at the University of Connecticut-School of Social Work. These two organizations work to raise critical consciousness through educational programming, cultural competence, and to enhance the personal and professional development for the Latinx population.
Through these organizations Eden continues to advocate for the people of Puerto Rico and the relief efforts. She sees the resiliency of the people in need, but remains aware of the social, economic and political arrangements that decrease the likelihood of success for many communities. She has passion to work within collectives and to give voice to issues that affect under-served populations. One of her biggest strengths is the development of community capacity-building to create positive change.
Eden Rivera is an Alumna of Eastern Connecticut State University and holds a B.A. in Social Work. Currently, she is pursuing her MSW on the Advanced Standing track at the UConn School of Social Work and aspires toward a commitment to life-long learning and advocacy for marginalized populations.
James Flores, Windham
James Flores is a Windham Town Councilman and long time advocate for an independent Puerto Rico.
Alexis Rodríguez, Fairfield
Alexis (Norwalk, CT) joined the Connecticut Puerto Rican Agenda to represent, educate, and advocate for Puerto Rico. He believes in establishing a statewide (and diaspora-wide) effort to develop and strengthen links with communities in Puerto Rico. He has spent over a decade working with and for underprivileged youth throughout Connecticut in various capacities. His main interests are in the areas of decolonization, education, and the environment.
Julie Rosali Garay, New London
Julie Rosali Garay was born in Caguas, Puerto Rico but was raised in New London, Connecticut. She is currently working on her bachelors in Sociology in Eastern Connecticut State University and hopes to pursue her masters in Higher Education. Since the age of 14 she has been involved in a small non-profit called F.R.E.S.H. New London where there main goal is to support and grow a sustainable and equitable food system in New London by educating and empowering youth and the community. Julie is currently the Youth Leadership Coordinator for the Youth Program working with young black and brown students, organizing and educating them on the impact they can have on there community.
Aida Silva, Hartford