Latino LinQ provides support services to Latin@s of any sexual orientation and any gender identity
Latino LinQ provee servicios de apoyo para Latin@s de cualquier orientación sexual y cualquier identidad de género
We carry out our mission
Nuestra misión se lleva a cabo de dos maneras:
Board of Directors
Leo Martinez, President
Brief bio: Leo Martinez is President of the Latino LinQ Board of Directors. He is a Project Coordinator with the National Latin@ Network for Healthy Families and Communities, a project of Casa de Esperanza. He was born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina and immigrated to the US in 1997. Prior to Casa de Esperanza, Leo worked as a Consultant for the Georgia Commission on Family Violence and the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council of Georgia. Leo has worked for many years as an advocate in the community with Latinx, Immigrant and LGBTQ individuals as well as with victims of domestic violence. His expertise include: non-profit development, cultural responsiveness, working with Limited English Proficiency communities, systems advocacy, Latin@ youth development, batterers’ interventions programs, coordinated community response, homicide prevention, etc. He holds degrees in Early Childhood Education from his country of origin and in Psychology and Human Services from Clayton State University in Morrow, GA. He has facilitated workshops at many local, regional and national conferences. He was named Grand Marshall by the Atlanta Pride organization in 2016 for his work with the LGBTQ community. He is an appointed member to the City of East Point Ethics Board.
Bio coming soon
Ivette López Sisniega, Secretary
Ivette López Sisniega currently serves as Latino LinQ’s Secretary and is on the Human Rights Campaign's National Board of Directors. Originally from Chihuahua, Mexico by way of Texas, her passions meet at the intersection of gay, lesbian and Latin@ issues. Ivette is a Public Relations Director at the GSMA, a mobile association that represents the interests of 800+ operators worldwide and 300+ companies in the mobile ecosystem. She’s worked in communications with Fortune companies including AT&T (client), Sony and UPS. She was a founding member of InterContinental Hotels Group’s (IHG) LGBTQ and Latin@ employee resource groups and the recipient of the 2016 Georgia Diversity Council Young Leader Award. She’s volunteered with various organizations including the Latin American Association, Young Hispanic Professional Austin Association, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce – Austin, Latinitas, an online magazine written by Latinas for Latinas and ALLGO, a Texas statewide organization for queer people of color, among others. She is a graduate of Texas State University and holds two bachelor’s degrees in Mass Communications and in Spanish.
Humberto Orozco, Treasurer
Humberto Orozco was born in Michoacán, México and was brought to the United States when he was eight years old. He was raised in Gainesville, Georgia and attended the University of Georgia, becoming the first in his family to earn a college degree (B.A. Geography ’11). Upon graduating, Mr. Orozco moved to Atlanta after landing a job in the financial services industry. As a son of immigrants, and once undocumented himself, he recognizes the importance of advocating for the immigrant community. He is drawn to the inclusive mission of Latino LinQ not only because he is part of the LGBT community, but also because he understands the challenges that LGBT Latinos face in Georgia. Other organizations Mr. Orozco is involved with include GALEO (Georgia Association of Elected Officials) as co-chair of the Georgia Latino Vote committee. He is also part of the Advisory Council for the ¡Vida Life! Project, whose mission is to prevent and reduce substance abuse and the transmission of HIV/AIDS and Viral Hepatitis C among Latino young adults in the Metro Atlanta area. Previous experience includes volunteer work with the North Georgia AIDS Alliance (Gainesville) and UGA Student Health Center. Mr. Orozco was appointed treasurer of Latino LinQ in December 2016.
Coti Perez-Espinoza, Member
Brief bio: Coti Pérez-Espinoza was born in Lima, Peru and immigrated to the United States in 1986. She graduated from the University of Alabama at Birmingham with a Bachelor Degree in International Studies and Spanish. She specializes in planning and implementing prevention and education programs about HIV/AIDS in the Latino and African-American communities. Currently, she is the Prevention Project Director for the Atlanta Latino Prevention Project at CETPA, a non-profit organization. She has held similar positions for Positive Impact, the State of Georgia and the Fulton County Department of Health and Wellness and worked as a Medical Interpreter for the University of Alabama at Birmingham Medical Center. Ms. Pérez-Espinoza was a board member of the Hispanic Health Coalition of Georgia