Claudia Quintero, Board Chair
Claudia Quintero graduated from the University of Virginia in May of 2011. Claudia co-founded Seek Common Ground, an organization that supports education advocates across the country as they work to improve student outcomes in their local contexts through Action Accelerators. She creates spaces for shared learning and connection across Action Accelerators, which are based on design thinking principles to test promising ideas and learn from conducting efforts in short-term project cycles. She served a similar role at Achieve, an education non-profit dedicated to ensuring all students graduate ready for college, career, and citizenship. There, Claudia served as a Senior Associate and managed the Coalition Support Network consisting of over a dozen state-based education advocacy coalitions nationwide. Prior to that role, Claudia helped manage a network of Latin American business leaders heading multi-national corporations at the Group of Fifty. She earned a Master’s in Public Administration from The George Washington University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia.
Alex Cintron, Secretary
Alex Cintron graduated from the University of Virginia in May of 2019 with a B.A. in History and Government. He spent his time at the University heavily involved in extracurricular activities, including co-founding the Latinx Leadership Institute (LLI) and being elected as the first Latinx Student Council President in 2018. He currently resides in Richmond, Virginia, where he works for the Virginia State Government and is active in state and local politics.
Jason Puryear, Vice-Chair for Admissions
Jason Puryear graduated from the University of Virginia in August of 2009 with a B.A. in History. He was actively engaged during his time on Grounds as an Hermano of the Alpha Epsilon Chapter of La Unidad Latina, Lambda Upsilon Lambda Fraternity, Inc., a founding brother of the Men’s Leadership Project, a mentor for the Peer Mentoring Program, a volunteer with the Latino Student Admissions Committee, and in many leadership roles within the Multicultural Greek Council. He’s a proud first-generation, AccessUVA college graduate who currently works with high school students to prepare them for postsecondary education through the Upward Bound Programs at Virginia Tech. Upward Bound is a 100% federally-funded TRIO Program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education that provides fundamental support to participants in their preparation for college entrance. He’s excited about the opportunity to lead the Admissions Committee this year!
Cinthia Fernholz, Admissions Committee
Isabel Argoti, Admissions Committee
Claudia Bonilla, Vice-Chair for Alumni Community Engagement
Claudia Bonilla graduated from the University of Virginia in May of 2017 with a B.A. in American Politics and Spanish Literature and Culture. Her past involvements at UVA included being part of the Latinx Student Alliance, the Peer Mentoring Program, and La Casa Bolívar. She currently resides outside of Washington, D.C., where she works for the National Governors Association on state policy issues of postsecondary education and human services. Claudia is passionate about serving the Latinx community and is excited to work on alumni community engagement.
Karla Aguayo, Vice-Chair for Alumni Community Engagement
Gina M. Flores Stumpf, Vice-Chair for Fundraising & Development
Gina M. Flores Stumpf graduated from the University of Virginia in 2000. In 1997, she was a founding student member of the Bolívar Network. She lived three years at La Casa Bolívar and held various roles with Latino student groups. She received the Young Alumni Service Award in 2010 for her service on the Bolívar Network and now co-leads fundraising for its scholarships. Gina manages fundraising and business partnerships at SkillsUSA. Prior to SkillsUSA, she led fundraising for The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars and the Smithsonian Latino Center as well as managed corporate relations at UnidosUS (formerly the National Council of La Raza). Gina received her M.B.A. in nonprofit management and marketing from Yale and her B.A. in Spanish Literature and Commerce from the University of Virginia. Of Mexican and Colombian descent, Gina spent her early childhood in the Panama Canal Zone and currently lives in Tysons.
Alejandro Nava Moncada, Vice-Chair for Professional Development
Hannah (Mel) Borja, Vice-Chair for Scholarship & Awards
Mel Borja is a young professional primarily focused on labor and New American issues. She currently works as the Worker Power Policy Analyst at The Commonwealth Institute for Fiscal Analysis, where she helps build public knowledge about the benefits of collective bargaining in Virginia and partners with labor advocates to increase public support for strengthening collective bargaining rights. She is also appointed by Virginia Governor Ralph Northam to serve on the inaugural Office of New Americans Advisory Board, where she serves as Vice-Chair. Previously, Mel worked as the immigration caseworker in the Office of U.S. Senator Tim Kaine.
She graduated from the University of Virginia in 2019 with a Bachelor’s in Global Studies: Security and Justice. Her thesis focused on local-level responses to the question of noncitizen criminal justice in the Commonwealth of Virginia. While at UVA, she was involved in a mixture of legal aid, student-led immigration advocacy, state government, and politics.
As a 2016 Bolivar Scholarship Recipient, Mel knows the impact that The Bolívar Network’s recognition and monetary support had on her. Because of this, she enjoys leading and expanding the Scholarship & Awards Committee in order to give back to the UVA community.
José Diaz-Rivera, Scholarships & Awards Committee
Alisa Negron, Scholarships & Awards Committee
Mariana Brazão, Vice-Chair for Social Media & Communications
Mariana Brazão graduated from the University of Virginia in May of 2019 with a B.A. in Foreign Affairs, Latin American Studies, and Portuguese Language and Literature. Her principal research focuses revolve around Indigenous art, contemporary cultural policy, and the politics of museum representation. For her undergraduate thesis, she conducted a contextualization of the 2018 Exhibition “The Indigenous Benches of Brazil” hosted in São Paulo by Coleção BEI. She was also awarded a Fulbright U.S. Student Program Research/Study Grant for Brazil to continue her research into the indigenous benches at the University of São Paulo’s School for Communication and the Arts (ECA) during the 2020 academic year.
During her time at the National Women’s History Museum, she curated the online exhibit Representation with a Hyphen: Latinas in the Fight for Women’s Suffrage about the role and involvement of Latinx women in the United States’ Women’s Suffrage Movement. In addition, she curated The Indigenous Benches of Brazil virtual exhibit at the Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia and in collaboration with Coleção BEI. Currently, she is a Program Coordinator for Civic Alliances in the Social Impact program at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
Mariana is Portuguese and Brazilian and is passionate about amplifying Latinx voices and perspectives, particularly within the cultural sphere.
Brian Zuluaga, Vice-Chair for Graduate Student Groups
Brian Zuluaga graduated from the University of Virginia in May of 2020 with a B.A. in Public Policy and Leadership. His past involvements at UVA included being part of the Latinx Student Alliance, the Peer Mentoring Program, volunteering with Madison House, and founding the Batten Latinx Network at the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy. Brian is currently an Associate at the Centre for Public Impact, a non-profit founded by the Boston Consulting Group that seeks to reimagine government so it works for everyone. Brian is excited about engaging with the UVA Latinx alumni community and ensuring undergraduate Latinx students feel supported by the alumni network.
Angie Aramayo, Vice-Chair for Undergraduate Student Groups
Angie Aramayo graduated from the University of Virginia in May of 2019 with a B.A. in Economics. She was born in Lima, Peru and immigrated to the U.S. when she was 9. Her past involvements at UVA include being an Hermana of Sigma Lambda Upsilon/Señoritas Latinas Unidas Sorority Inc., a Resident Advisor, and a Meriwether Lewis Fellow. One of her most fondest memories of her undergraduate career is performing with her best friends at the Salsa Club’s showcase her 4th year. Today, she is a partner leadership representative at IBM where she helps companies integrate technological solutions together. She wants to strengthen the connection between Latinx alumni and Latinx undergraduate students and hopes her work with the Bolivar Network will achieve her goal.