Academia de Líderes

Cultivating Latino Leaders


At Latino Network, we know the importance of cultivating leaders to guide change at the local level. Academia de Líderes (Leaders Academy) works with Portland’s emerging Latino leaders to build leadership skills, organizing capabilities, and capacity to engage in City governance and have our voice heard.

Part of the Portland Office of Neighborhood Involvement Diversity and Civic Leadership (DCL) Program, this program aims to increase equity in community involvement by engaging Latinos in the governance of the City. Academia de Líderes introduces participants to Portland, Multnomah County, and Metro government structures, officials and decision-making processes. Trainings focus on:

  • Systems of oppression;
  • Gender justice;
  • Leadership skills;
  • Conflict resolution;
  • Economic, environmental and social sustainability;
  • Civic engagement; and
  • Community organizing techniques such as volunteer recruitment, base building, meeting planning, turnout and facilitation.

Program Details

Applications for Academia de Líderes are taken each fall. Selected members meet as a cohort once a month for eight months. Monthly meetings are usually conducted in Spanish. Workshop trainers from government, the non-profit, and private sector provide expertise and give participants the opportunity to learn first-hand from those with real-world leadership experience. Each session, the Líderes choose an issue for advocacy. Past issues have included Measure 88 and anti-immigration measures.

For more information, contact Raul Preciado Mendez at

Latino Network thanks the City of Portland’s Office of Neighborhood Involvement Diverse Civic Leaders for funding and partnership.