Aníbal Torres was named executive director of the Latin American Association in September 2015, after serving as interim executive director for three months. He served on the board of the LAA from 2008 until 2015, most recently as chair.
Throughout his decades-long career in publishing, Torres has held senior-level executive positions with a variety of media companies in the U.S., as well as in Latin America, where he worked for McGraw-Hill. Torres served as publisher of MundoHispánico, Atlanta’s largest Spanish-language newspaper, from 2007 to 2013. Prior to that, he was vice president and general manager of the Tribune Co.’s Hoy Spanish-language newspaper in New York City and publisher of the Tribune’s El Sentinel in Orlando, Fla. He has a distinguished record of community service and involvement.
Torres has a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Dayton in Ohio.
A native of Puerto Rico, Torres has also lived in Colombia and Panama.Phone: 404.638.1818Email: email@example.com
Elizabeth Sirk joined the LAA in 2012 and has over 15 years of experience in thought leadership, strategic and operational roles as well as fundraising and development. She has also worked extensively with numerous Atlanta area organizations providing strategic and fund development planning consulting and support.
Ms. Sirk is an honors graduate of the University of Georgia where she was a Presidential Scholar and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Masters in Finance.
For her professional achievements and leadership in the community, Elizabeth was selected for the LEAD Atlanta Class of 2013 and received the Atlanta Dream’s Inspiring Woman Award in 2016.
Ms. Sirk has lived in Atlanta for over 30 years.Phone: 404.638.1836Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
David Schaefer joined the Latin American Association in 2014. Prior to coming to the LAA, Schaefer worked at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro for six years as a grant writer, editor and associate chief of staff, where he focused on policy and co-founded ALIANZA, a university alliance of Latino students, faculty and staff. During his career, Schaefer has been a college instructor, paralegal and immigration attorney and helped found a church ministry serving African and Middle Eastern refugees.
Schaefer earned his law degree and a master of arts in political science from the University of Georgia. He is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, serves as legislative chair for the Coalition of Refugee Service Agencies (Atlanta) and is licensed to practice law in Georgia and North Carolina.
Born in Atlanta, Schaefer was raised in middle Georgia in a German-Argentine-American family, and his wife is from Venezuela. They live in Atlanta with their son.Department: AdvocacyPhone: 404.638.1811Email: email@example.com
Jessica Daman joined the LAA in 2012 as a staff attorney and represents clients with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and in removal defense before the Executive Office for Immigration Review. Daman specializes in representing unaccompanied minor children, and previously worked with Catholic Charities Atlanta’s Immigrant Children’s Advocacy Project.
Daman earned her law degree and a master of arts in Latin American literature from the University of Georgia. She is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, the National Association of Counsel of Children, the Georgia Association of Counsel for Children and the Barton Clinic Advisory Committee at Emory University School of Law.Department: ImmigrationEmail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Cynthia Román joined the LAA in 2010 after a decade working in clinical settings, community organizations, program management and research in Puerto Rico and New York City. She is certified by the Academy of Certified Social Workers.
Román has a bachelor’s degree in social work and a master’s degree in social work from the University of Puerto Rico. She is receiving her PhD in social policy from the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras campus. Her doctoral thesis explores the relationship between the women’s rights movement, the state and domestic violence policies in Puerto Rico.
Román is originally from Puerto Rico and lives in Atlanta with her husband and son.Department: Family Well-BeingPhone: 404.638.1834Email: email@example.com
Sandra Achury joined the LAA in October 2015. Prior to her involvement with the LAA, Achury worked at Refugee Women’s Network for five years as the economic development program coordinator, leading immigrant women to reach economic self-sufficiency through entrepreneurship and financial literacy.
She has a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and an MBA, both from la Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia.
Achury is a native of ColombiaDepartment: Economic EmpowermentPhone: 404.982.6896Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Eliezer Vélez has been working for the Latin American Association since 2002. Prior to his involvement in Youth Programs, Vélez worked as director of career services and director of housing services at the LAA.
Before joining the LAA, he worked for more than 13 years in the corporate sector and in social services agencies. He has a bachelor’s in industrial management and human resources from the University of Puerto Rico.
Vélez is a native of Puerto Rico and lives in Atlanta with his wife and two children.Department: EducationPhone: 404.638.1831Email: email@example.com