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.
Alexis Rodríguez, Fairfield
Born and raised in Norwalk, Connecticut, Alexis is the son of a mother from Utuado and a father from San Lorenzo, Puerto Rico. He is forever grateful and proud of his Boricua roots, visiting whenever possible. Alexis joined the Connecticut Puerto Rican Agenda to represent, educate, advocate y luchar por Puerto Rico. He believes in establishing a statewide (and diaspora-wide) effort to develop and strengthen links with communities in the archipelago to decolonize. He has spent over a decade working with and for underprivileged youth throughout Connecticut in various capacities. Alexis studied Economics as an undergraduate at Central Connecticut State University; his main interests are in the areas of decolonization, education, and the environment.
James Flores, Windham
James Flores is a Windham Town Councilman and long time advocate for an independent Puerto Rico.
Luis Beltrán, Tolland
Luis Javier Beltrán-Álvarez was born in Moca, Puerto Rico (P.R) and raised almost all his life in Aguadilla, P.R. His studies are from the Universidad de Puerto Rico in Aguadilla and the University of Puerto Rico Río Piedras Campus. From these Universities, he has finished two Bachelors degrees, in Sociology and Political Science (Magna Cum Laude). Also, from that University he is pursuing a Masters in Philosophy . He has received several recognitions from the UPR, including the very competitive Merit and Academic Excellence award.
In August 2017 he will be starting the Ph.D. in Political Science from UConn, Storrs as a Crandall-Cordero Fellow. Part of his academic and social work will be in regard the effects of the policies established by the Fiscal Control Board, or as the Puerto Ricans call it, La Junta. Most of the problems that he works on are: the precarity and poverty impose by the austerity measures and the violence of the laws and policies that make and incentives the recent mass migrations of Puerto Ricans to the US.
Aida Silva, Hartford
Ivette Hernandez-Tilleria, New London