Laura Matos, who has worked for three New Jersey governors and played a key role in many political campaigns, is the new president of the Latinas United for Political Empowerment Political Action Committee (LUPE PAC).
Matos, an executive at the Kivvit public affairs firm and the New Jersey political director for Hillary Clinton’s New Jersey primary campaign, succeeds Dr. Patricia Campos-Medina.
I am exceptionally proud of the work being done within our organization and I am looking forward to continuing to work with all of the smart and talented leaders in LUPE PAC at this critical time,” Matos said. “Under the leadership of Dr. Patricia Campos-Medina, we have taken tremendous strides and it will continue to be our mission to amplify the voices of Latinas throughout the state with both our support and our skills.”
Matos said the “entire group of strong women that comprise LUPE PAC are more than up to the challenge of taking the important next steps in continuing to grow our organization and making sure Latina voices continue to be heard at all levels of government.”
Also elected were Carol Cuadrado (vice president) and Aida Figueroa Epifanio (recording secretary). Re-elected were Arlene Quinones Perez (treasurer), Lucia Gomez (vice president) and Cristina Pinzon (public relations secretary). Noemi G. Soria Perez and Monica de Los Rios are joining the board.
“I am proud of all the accomplishments our organization has achieved in the last three years. We defended incumbents and supported more than 60 Latinas to run for office at the local level increasing our bench of qualified Latinas ready to run statewide in the near future,” said Campos-Medina. “Our organization is growing, and I truly believe Laura Matos is the right leader to build upon our accomplishments and move the PAC forward. Today more women are willing to take risk and engage in the political process, and I know Laura strategic mindset will be critical in helping them build campaign network to run and win.”
State Sen. Nellie Pou (D-North Haledon) today praised LUPE in a Senate resolution.
“Every day, LUPE educates, engages and empowers Latinas throughout New Jersey to step up, run for office and, at its core, become strong, active women in our democracy,” said Pou. “Getting more women elected to public office, and Latinas specifically, does not only mean the Latina voice is heard, or the ‘minority’ voice is heard, it means that we, as a government and as a state, are stronger because we are better representing our citizens.