Archives: Team

Brenda Senteno

Communications Intern.

Brenda Senteno

Brenda was born in Jalisco, Mexico She came to the United States when she was only 4 years old. Brenda grew up in in both south and northside of Minneapolis. She was in student council through all her high school years Brenda graduated from Voa High school in South Minneapolis. Brenda has studying Communications and Human Resources at MCTC. Brenda has worked with ROCMN (Restaurant Opportunity Center) as well as MIGIZI. Brenda has been our communications intern since July 2020. She has a passion for equality for all and social justice. Brenda strives to bring justice, peace, kindness, and equality for all.

Kerem Munoz

Radio Program Coordinator

Kerem Munoz

Mexican, based in Minneapolis Minnesota since 2016.
Announcer: Viva 1380 am Memphis Tennessee, La Unica 102.3 fm Fort Wayne Indiana, La Jefa 1300 am Fort Wayne Indiana, La mas Grande 92.7 fm, Green Bay Wisconsin, MSU 87.7 fm Mankato and 91.3 fm Austin Minnesota, La Jefa online radio de Minnesota . Radio Jornalera de MInnesota, Writer and Character Creator, Actress, Activist in the causes of protection to the Latinx community.

Treat others how you want to be treated
The Golden rule

Josefina Flandes

Community Outreach

Josefina Flandes

My name is Josefina Flandes I am originally from Mexico City D.F. I am married to Gregorio Montejo, Engineer with a degree in Agriculture, I have four children, plus my husband there are 5 in total. They are all graduates, and two are at the University of Minnesota I can proudly say they belong to the National Honor Society.

I am a graduate of the Universidad Veracruzana with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, with courses in Leadership, Human Relations, Taxes, Statistics and Budgets.

I came to the United States more than 20 years ago, I have been a community volunteer for more than 17 years, I have worked as a volunteer & nbsp; in the educational system to increase the graduation rating of students of Latino origin, & nbsp; over 4 years I had a program at the Nobles County Library, & nbsp; I have also worked with & nbsp; & nbsp; Nobles County Integration & nbsp; Collaborative & nbsp; with junior high and high school youth programs in & nbsp; cultural, he & nbsp; participates in the Nobles County International Festival Committee, Also in the Even Start and Ged Start Programs, working with Latino families. At the YMCA, support and assist in fundraising programs for low-income children who can participate in sports.

In the United States I took my GED, I have courses in leadership, economics, Human Relations and many more that I already forgot.
My passion is to work closely with Latino families, and to be the means of connection so that they can have access to aid programs and organizations that allow them to get ahead and have a better life.

I feel proud and it is an honor for me to work with COPAL and above all to have the opportunity to continue helping my people.

Eddy Olson-Enamorado

Environmental Justice Intern

Eddy Olson-Enamorado

Eddy Olson-Enamorado was born in the Twin Cities and is the son of Guatemalan immigrant. He is currently pursuing a degree in Biology, Society, and the Environment (BSE) at the University of Minnesota. He hopes that with his knowledge and experiences, he can help develop and promote an environmental framework that incorporates sustainability, conservation, and a deeper understanding of how environmental issues disproportionately impact frontline communities and historically underrepresented groups.

Humberto Miceli

Humberto Miceli

Humberto Miceli works in the Construction industry. He specializes in floor and carpet nstallation. Humberto is a member of the group VPDC (The Participatory Voice of the Construction Worker) And is the Workers center advisor.

José Adalid

José Adalid

Aladid Zavala Lopez is a member of the Workers Center. He works in the construction industry in the area of carpentry. Adid is an advisory member of the May First Workers Center where he believes that with their experience, they will transform for the better for all the workers of Minnesota.

Pablo Huinil

Pablo Huinil

Pablo Huinil Escobar is of Mayan origin living in the since 1990 in the United States. Pablo is very passionate about equal rights for the working-class community. He believes getting organized is very important to demand for equal rights. The goal for the Workers Center is to watch over the wellness of our community and of the environment as well as the threat of climate change.


“We are a workforce, and we are an environmental force. Workers United for a Just America to All.”

Nely Bautista

Nely Bautista

Nely A. Bautista is from Mexico. She works in the construction industry. She enjoys scial labor as well serving the community. She is a member of Primero de Mayo Workers center.

She is also a member of LUCHA ( La Voz Participativa del Trabajador de la Construcción ).

Cecilia Calabria

Navigator’s Program Coordinator

Cecilia Calabria

Cecilia Calabria was born in Buenos Aires and grew up in Bariloche, Argentina, in northern Patagonia. In Argentina, she studied a degree in biology. She immigrated to Venezuela to create an organization on free technologies and then to the United States to seek new opportunities. She spent two years in Chicago studying English and working in a nonprofit to teach other people how to use and repair computers. Now, as a mother and community organizer, she works to improve public schools in Minneapolis. She wants to ensure better opportunities for her children.

Carolina Ortiz

Communications Director

Carolina Ortiz

Carolina was born in Zacatecas, Mexico, and brought into the United States by her mother in 1994. She is a 2011 graduate of Richfield High School. Carolina is a DACA recipient who is currently studying business part-time at Normandale Community College while working full-time as a GED Advisor at Pearson VUE and the Communications Director for COPAL. In addition to her recent founding of the Mírame | LOOK.AT.ME project, Carolina is a community activist who has contributed her time and talents to organizations such as Youth Frontiers, Youth Link, Sharing and Caring Hands, the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis and Saint Johns University since she was a teenager. Carolina is very passionate about her family and friends and engaged in her jobs, her education, and Mírame. But she is also interested in connecting with others who share her interest in social justice.