Héctor Sánchez Barba is the Executive Director of LCLAA (Labor Council for Latin American Advancement), a Senior Fellow at GW Cisneros Hispanic Leadership Institute and the Chair Emeritus of NHLA (National Hispanic Leadership Agenda). In these roles, he is an indefatigable voice advancing policy priorities and fighting systemic injustices against Latinos, immigrants and the most vulnerable communities.
Throughout his career, Héctor has worked in non-profit organizations and has vast experience in policy advocacy, civic participation, community organizing, non-profit management, fundraising, and media relations. Hector has launched national campaigns to improve the conditions of working families and strengthen their voice on critical issues such as labor rights, women’s rights (Trabajadoras and Latinas Represent), immigration, civil rights, farmworkers, health care, education, diversity, underrepresentation in government and public office, criminal justice, and the environment. He is also a strong campaigner having undertaken vigorous civic participation campaigns, organized and participated in national initiatives to empower the Latino community via voter registration drives, GOTV, voter education and efforts to combat voter suppression.
Sánchez plays a central role in the national advocacy leadership: in 2012 he was elected Chair of the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda (NHLA), a coalition comprised of the 46 leading national Latino organizations, and he was re-elected in 2015. In 2019 he joined the national Board of Directors of Planned Parenthood Federation of America. In 2012, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management Director John Berry appointed Hector as co-chair of the Hispanic Council on Federal Employment in an effort to remove barriers to recruiting, hiring, retaining, and advancing Hispanics in the Federal workforce. In 2015, he was appointed by the AFL-CIO’s President Richard Trumka to the Executive Council Committee on Immigration and he is also part of the AFL-CIO Labor Commission on Racial and Economic Justice as well as a member of the Criminal Justice Reform advisory council. Additionally, Hector is a member of the Kennedy Center’s Latino Advisory Council, Univision’s External Advisory Board, El Rey Network Hispanic Advisory Council and PVBLIC Foundation LATAM Board of Directors.
He regularly appears as a commentator on national and international TV networks and frequently publishes opinion pieces on pressing policy issues. Hector is also a regular speaker at conferences across the country and has been recognized for his advocacy work receiving numerous national and international awards.
Prior to joining LCLAA, Héctor was the DC-Mexico Policy Education Director at Global Exchange and the Policy and Community Liaison for the Education Trust. He holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Political Science from the University of Texas at El Paso.