As We Wish Him Success in All His Future Endeavors

Washington D.C.- After over a decade of leading the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement, as our Executive Director, Hector Sdanchez Barba is leaving LCLAA. As he embarks on a new and exciting chapter of his professional life, the LCLAA family would like to extend our most sincere appreciation for his outstanding service and unwavering commitment.

During these past years, our organization has successfully engaged in a series of campaigns, focused on issues that affect our sisters and brothers, mobilizing and advocating for an agenda capable of making significant headway on the quality of life of Latino working families across our nation. Hector has passionately led LCLAA in these efforts, effectively shedding light on the issues our communities face, as well as on our advocacy work. Today we thank Hector for his leadership, commitment and guidance, and wish him success in all future endeavors.

Moving forward LACLAA has appointed Karla Pineda-Santos, as the Interim Executive Director, to lead our organization. Mrs.Pineda-Santos has been a part of the LCLAA family for 15 years, she became LCLAA’s Director of Operations ten years ago, a position from which she has successfully developed the planning and execution of some of the most key projects, campaigns as well as events held by the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement. Mrs. Pineda-Santos’ passion for working closely with our chapters and members has greatly contributed to the overall growth of LCLAA. We congratulate Mrs. Pineda-Santos on her new role as LCLAA’s Interim Executive Director!

“For the past ten years Hector has led LCLAA with passion and tenacity. We have marched down the streets of Washington D.C. and through the halls of Congress, advocating for the rights of Latino working families. I wish him the best of luck in this new chapter of his professional life,” said Yanira Merino, LCLAA National President. “I would also like to welcome our sister, Karla Pineda-Santos, who will be serving as LCLAA’s Interim Executive Director. Her vast experience with the labor movement and her commitment to our organization are fundamental to the growth of LCLAA and hence to the well-being of our community. I look forward to working closely with you, as you take on this new role.”

“This organization has been enriched and fortified thanks to the outstanding work of our brother in la lucha, Hector,” Aida Garcia, LCLAA National Executive Vice President. “We are saddened to see Hector go, however he will always be a part of the LCLAA family.”

“Hector’s tenure as LCLAA’s Executive Director has been of dire importance for our organization,” said National Secretary Treasurer, Jose Vargas. “His legacy will reverberate in LCLAA for years to come, as he has successfully led us through pivotal historical, social, labor and immigration issues.” 

The Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA) is the leading national organization for Latino(a) workers and their families. LCLAA was born in 1972 out of the need to educate, organize and mobilize Latinos in the labor movement and has expanded its influence to organize Latinos in an effort to impact workers’ rights and their influence in the political process. LCLAA represents the interest of more than 2 million Latino workers in the American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), The Change to Win Federation, Independent Unions and all its membership. Visit LCLAA on the web at, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram