Our History

Founded in 1969, Junta for Progressive Action is the oldest Latinx, community-based nonprofit organization in New Haven, Connecticut. Our mission is to collaborate with Latinx and undocumented communities in the Greater New Haven area to advance the social, economic and civic environment for all, while embracing Latinx cultural traditions.


Puerto Rican community organizers originally founded Junta as an advocacy hub to address the needs of Greater New Haven’s first- generation migrants. Over the past 51 years, Junta has grown to offer no- cost social services, legal services, immigration services, adult education, and youth programs to over 2,000 low-income individuals annually.

Meet the Team

Bruni Pizarro

Executive Director

Cheila Serano

Director of Social Services

Desiree McMahon

Director of Communications & Outreach

Board of Directors

Letamarie Highsmith

Board Chair

Sebastian Rios 

Vice Chair

Frederick DePourcq


Liam Brennan


Rafael Ramos

Bregamos Theater

Lisa Votto

Director of Programs,

Integrated Wellness Group


Alphonse Paolillo

State Representative

Peggy Rivage-Seul

Oscar Willumsen

[ Position Open ]

Communications Associate

Victor Torres

After School Program Coordinator

Michelle Garcia

Administrative Assistant

Julynette Quiles


Adria Agramonte

Case Manager/ Immigration Paralegal

Rosaida Maldonado

Case Manager/ Employment Specialist

Loribeth Rodriguez


169 Grand Avenue, New Haven, CT 06513

203.787.0191  |  info@juntainc.org

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