Our Mission

As a majority Latina-led organization — that is housed in New Haven’s predominately Latinx neighborhood of Fair Haven — we focus on eliminating barriers through a whole person approach to service provision and engagement in community advancement. This model builds socioeconomic security with direct support and educational tools, leading to transformative changes at both the individual and community levels.

Our History

Junta for Progressive Action is the oldest Latinx, community-based nonprofit organization in New Haven, Connecticut. In 1969, frustrated with the disinvestment and social abandonment of communities of color , Puerto Rican community organizers founded Junta as an advocacy hub to address the needs of Greater New Haven’s first-generation migrants. Over the past 52 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

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Bruni Pizarro

Executive Director

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Cheila Serano

Director of Social Services

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Desiree McMahon

Director of Communications & Outreach

Board of Directors

Letamarie Highsmith

Board Chair

Sebastian Rios 

Vice Chair

Frederick DePourcq

Treasurer

Liam Brennan

Secretary

Alphonse Paolillo

Rafael Ramos

Peggy Rivage-Seul

​Elihu Rubin

Lisa Votto

Oscar Willumsen

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Michelle Garcia

Administrative Assistant

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Loribeth Rodriguez

Bookkeeper

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Adria Agramonte

Case Manager/ Immigration Paralegal

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Rosaida Maldonado

Case Manager/ Employment Specialist

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Victor Torres

After School Program Coordinator