Leadership - NALEO Educational Fund

Arturo Vargas

Executive Director
Arturo Vargas is the Executive Director of NALEO Educational Fund, a national nonprofit organization that strengthens American democracy by promoting the full participation of Latinos in civic life. He also serves as the Executive Director of NALEO, a national membership organization of Latino policymakers and their supporters. Arturo has held these positions since 1994.

Prior to joining NALEO Educational Fund, Arturo held various positions at the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), including Vice President for Community Education and Public Policy. Before joining MALDEF, he was the senior education policy analyst at the National Council of La Raza in Washington, D.C.

Arturo is a nationally recognized expert in Latino demographic trends, electoral participation, voting rights, the Census, and redistricting.

Arturo holds a master’s degree in Education and a bachelor’s degree in History and Spanish from Stanford University.

Erica Bernal-Martinez

Deputy Executive Director

Erica Bernal-Martinez serves as the Deputy Executive Director of NALEO Educational Fund. Erica is responsible for the strategic development, planning and implementation of all programming and membership services for the organization.

Erica joined NALEO Educational Fund in 1999 and has over the course of her professional career at NALEO Educational Fund overseen the organization’s civic engagement, development and communications departments. In 2004, Erica took a sabbatical from NALEO Educational Fund and was recruited as National Field Director for America’s Families United, which expands democracy through voter registration and education.

Erica is seen as an expert on the issue of Latino political participation and leadership. She attended California State University at Long Beach.

Karyn Piña

In her current capacity as Associate Vice President for Community Outreach and Engagement at Arizona State University (ASU), Karyn Piña will serve on assignment from ASU through June 2018 to NALEO Educational Fund.

As part of this assignment, Karyn will provide strategic support of the NALEO 35th Annual in Conference.

Her efforts will include establishing national and statewide partnership opportunities and support for the NALEO 35th Annual Conference and more broadly for the NALEO Educational Fund.

Rosalind Gold

Senior Director of Policy, Research and Advocacy
Rosalind Gold serves as Senior Director of Policy, Research and Advocacy with NALEO Educational Fund, where she has worked for more than two decades on policy analysis and research for the organization’s naturalization and Latino civic engagement efforts. Rosalind has extensive policy expertise in the areas of newcomer civic integration, election reform, voting rights, redistricting and the decennial Census.

In December 2013, Rosalind was appointed to serve on the Los Angeles City Municipal Elections Reform Commission, which is examining approaches to improve voter turnout and civic engagement in the City. She also serves on the advisory committees and boards of several public affairs and research efforts, including the National Institute on Money in State Politics and the American Community Survey Data Users Group Steering Committee. Rosalind has delivered testimony before many public and private committee and commission hearings.

Rosalind received her J.D. from Harvard Law School and bachelor’s from Pomona College in Claremont, California.

Juan Vargas

Senior Director of Finance and Administration
Juan C. Vargas is the Senior Director of Finance and Administration at NALEO Educational Fund. Juan ensures that the organization’s financial accounting standards are met as well as all of its financial, staffing, operational and administrative needs.

Prior to joining NALEO Educational Fund in 2011, Juan severed as a Senior Financial Officer at several private universities and other non-profit organizations. He has more than 25 years of experience overseeing the Finance, Human Resources, Information Technology, and Facilities Departments at various organizations.

Juan holds a master’s degree in Business Administration from Pepperdine University and a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from California State University at Long Beach.