Membership Director: Sofia Rivera, Mount Holyoke ’18

Sofia Elisa Rivera is the youngest of three daughters from a tight knit family. She grew up in the island of Puerto Rico, singing in her school choir and competing in the local and national Model United Nations, as well as volunteering at the Hospital del Niño. Her two favorite Democrats are Elizabeth Warren and late and great Shirley Chisholm. In 2014 she was admitted to Mount Holyoke College, where she is a rising senior, majoring in International Relations with a focus in Global Commons, and a concentration in the areas of international cooperation and conflict over natural resources and protection of the environment; population growth and international migration; urbanization; and international health. She is also minoring in American Politics, with a focus in popular conflicts in America over private rights and material interests; racial, class, and gender inequality; and public goods, including the good of American citizenship itself. An active member of her local chapter in her junior year, Sofia held the position Latinx Caucus Chair of the College Democrats of Massachusetts. Additionally, having previously worked as a Legislative Intern for Congressman Bobby L. Rush (1st D, IL), and as a summer legislative intern for House Representative in Puerto Rico, Luis Vega Ramos. This summer Sofia is the Membership Director and her ultimate goal is to make chapter membership a diverse and open place for all students who want to participate in democratic politics. She is passionate about literature and art, and loves wandering around her native San Juan in museums, libraries, and cafes.

Latinx Caucus Vice Chair: Thalia Carroll-Cachimuel, Northeastern

Thalia Carroll-Cachimuel is a rising third year student at Northeastern University studying Human Services with a concentration in Social Justice and Social Policy. Her work with the College Democrats of Massachusetts began during the Spring of 2015, when she lobbied at the Massachusetts State House in favor of the “Education Equity Bill” and the “Safe Driving Bill Act.” Since then, she has worked with a coalition called NU Students for Immigrant Justice, a coalition that works to ensure undocumented students access to financial aid and instate tuition prices to their university of choice. This past semester she has been on co-op in New York City working part-time at Philanthropy New York and part-time at the United Nations in the Human Rights Department with the Committee for the Elimination of Racism, Afrophobia and Colorism. In addition to her CDM position, she will continue to serve as coalition coordinator for the Latin American Student Organization. Through experiential learning at Northeastern she has been able to participate in the Alternative Spring Break program in Tahlequah, Oklahoma and Jinotega, Nicaragua. In Tahlequah, Thalia worked in the Early Childhood Unit on a Cherokee Reservation, and in Jinotega she worked in a local learning center that provided educational services to children from low-income areas. Thalia has been apart of the Service-Learning program at Northeastern for two years working at Ellis Memorial and Ballet Rox; both organizations which provide services to predominantly minority and low-income students from the Greater Boston Area.

Latinx Caucus Legislative Chair: Martha Peña, Northeastern

Martha Peña is a junior at Northeastern University studying Criminal Justice and Political Science. She is Afro-Dominican through and through, and was raised in the Dominican Republican until the age of nine, after which she lived in Boston. Martha is fluent in Spanglish and is a strong enthusiast of merengue, bachata and denbow. She is "filled to the brim with joy" to be a member of the Latinx Caucus, and is sure to bring the sazón!

Latinx Action Group Rep: Gabriel Montresor, Boston University

Gabriel Montresor is the son of two Brazilian immigrants. He grew up in Greater Boston; his home city being Everett, MA, where he graduated from Everett High School. Currently, Gabriel is a rising senior at Boston University, majoring in Philosophy and Political Science. He is the first of his family to attend a 4 year school. He speaks three languages; English, Portuguese, and Spanish. Eventually, Gabriel hopes to pursue a career in law, focusing on immigration issues.

Legislative Chair/Latinx Action Group Rep: Peter Laboy, Boston College

Peter Laboy is a Senior at Boston College pursuing a degree in Political Science. From Lawrence, MA, home to many latino immigrants, Peter realized his love of politics at around the same time he began to understand the troubling social, political, and economic realities faced by immigrants in the United States. Peter worked as an intern for the Newton Democratic Party in 2013 and worked in the office of Senator Edward J. Markey during the spring of 2015. He served as the Vice-Chair of the Latinx Caucus in the 2015-2016 year. Peter currently works in the Options Through Education program at Boston College as a preceptor, helping underprivileged incoming freshman in their transition to college. He is also involved in various groups on the Boston College campus which circulate knowledge regarding Latin American affairs and promote solidarity among the Latin American community, including the publication Other Americas (President) and the Cuban American Student Association (Treasurer).


The Latinx Caucus represents and vocalizes the views of Hispanic students across the Commonwealth that affiliate with the Democratic Party, also increasing the involvement of Hispanic college students in the political process. This caucus also brings together a diverse coalition to advocate for the Hispanic community, including College Democrats and other student activists.

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