Orange County School Board Member Johanna López has been hired to be executive director of the Alianza Center, a community-outreach operation affiliated with the Puerto Rican political activism group Alianza for Progress.
The Orlando center will provide community programs such as civic engagement training, family development, after-school youth activities and possibly summer camps.
Alianza for Progress is a progressive Hispanic, predominantly Puerto Rican political organization whose activities have ranged from Democratic voter registration drives in Latino communities to supporting Democratic candidates such as Rep. Darren Soto to seeking action against Republican former Rep. David Rivera for his business interests in Venezuela.
The Alianza Center, established last year, is a non-partisan affiliate engaged in community support and promoting community leadership, the environment, health living, and civic education through “culturally-competent” educational programs within the Puerto Rican and Hispanic communities of Florida.
The center is located in eastern Orange County, in the heart of one of the state’s largest Puerto Rican communities.
López is a former high school teacher at Colonial High School, where she taught advanced-placement Spanish for 19 years and was named Orange County Teacher of the year in 2017. She also also received the Queen