The UCLA Latino Policy & Politics Initiative utilizes a multi-pronged approach to ensure Latinos and other communities of color have a seat at the decision-making table and fair opportunities to thrive.
UCLA LPPI is committed to working with leading experts, advocates and elected officials to address today’s most pressing issues. We are committed to championing evidence-based policy solutions that expand genuine opportunity for all Americans by shining a spotlight on how Latinos are and are not included in policy-making.
The UCLA Voting Rights Project is the flagship project of the UCLA Latino Policy & Politics Initiative aimed at creating an accessible and equitable system of voting for all Americans through impact litigation, research, and clinical education to expand access to the ballot box.
Erica Bernal-Martinez serves as the Chief Operating Officer 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.