The Latino Leadership Academy (LALEA) kicked off to a powerful start last Saturday, June 11, 2016th.

Following welcome remarks from Administrator Assistant Lissette Lebron and Program instructions by Director Nestor Montilla,Sr., the class engaged in an interactive informational leadership development session by Dr. Maria Teresa Montilla.

Mayor Wilda Diaz, formerly welcomed LALEA fellows to the City of Perth Amboy, with remarks about challenges and rewards of being the first Latina Mayor of a New Jersey city.

Her presentation was followed by historian Hector Bonilla, who delivered a lecture on Latino Contributions to the history of the United States, and then by Martin Perez, Esq., member of the Rutgers University Board of Governors, closed the session with the fundamentals of Latino Political Empowerment in New Jersey.

The date concluded with a guided bus tour of historic Perth Amboy, which included a visit to the Proprietary House, the only standing governor’s mansion in the United States dating back to the 13th colonies.

The second session will be held on Saturday, July 9th at Newark City Council Chamber.

Martin Perez addressing LALEA fellows

MT talks to LALEA fellows


Hector Bonilla

Nestor Montilla, Executive Director

Mayor Diaz