Meet our team
Melanie is an alumnus of the Smithsonian Latino Museum Studies Program, with a B.A. in Theatre, a B.A. in Psychology, an M.S. in Human Services and doctoral coursework in Performance Studies. Boricua (proudly First Nations and Afrodescendiente) and raised in Chicago, Melanie is a career public servant with a passion for bomba music and dance, genealogy, cooking, basketball and family time.
Marcos is a political strategist and national leader of the Puerto Rican Diaspora. Marcos has worked in Chicago, Washington, D.C. and several cities in Florida as well as in Puerto Rico, where he has designed and implemented innovative and groundbreaking programs and campaigns in government, labor and non-profit settings. He has worked on civic engagement campaigns in Florida since 2002, focusing on the Puerto Rican and Hispanic communities.
Cristina graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in Public Relations. She has a strong passion for problem-solving, communications and business development. She is an activist and a writer who uses her voice to engage and empower her community.
Zulma Velez Estrada
Zulma has been a leader in Orange and Osceola County political and civic organizations for the past 28 years and is our Senior Advisor. She brings proven international marketing experience and has been an advocate for the Latino communities on civic engagement in Central Florida in addition to have managed a statewide Non Partisan Voting Education Program. In her native Puerto Rico she was a Consultant for the University of Puerto Rico and worked in the pharmaceutical industry.
Inma migrated to the US from Spain in 1996 to pursue a career in early child development and education. She has worked as an educator and leader for more than 20 years and now puts her skills and knowledge to work at Alianza by ensuring our office runs at its maximum potential.
Oriana was born and raised in Venezuela and is currently studying Journalism at Valencia College. She serves as the creative arm of Alianza, transforming our mission and message into artistic reality. Since she was young, her passion has been communications, marketing and social media. Oriana considers herself a creative dreamer, and we agree.
Candice holds a Bachelor’s degree in Arts from the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico and is currently pursuing her graduate studies in Event Management. Before joining Alianza, Candice worked at the Orange County Supervisor of Elections where she focused on voter registration and electoral processes. Candice considers herself both a dreamer and an idealist, with a strong passion to help her community.
Graduated from the International Coaching Institute of Puerto Rico, Jerry has a Bachelor's and Master's degree in Education in the Teaching of Fine Arts with a speciality in theater. With 20 years of experience in pedagogy, Jerry collaborated in the development of Curricula for Specialized Schools in Theater Arts and Cinematography in Puerto Rico and for the Puerto Rico Department of Education. At Alianza, Jerry uses his talent and creativity to integrate arts and culture into all of our work.