The Hispano Round Table of New Mexico (HRTNM) was originally formed in
the mid 1980's as a coalition of local, state and national Hispano
organizations. These organizations formed as a coalition in order to
effectively speak with one voice on many issues that affect and impact
the Hispano community.
To seek advancement of education, employment, economic development, environmental justice, civil rights, and social justice for Hispanic Americans.
Since it's inception, The Round Table has been instrumental in helping Hispanic American citizens of New Mexico make their voices heard.
"Our next generation of Raza, our next generation period, will begin to be measured by the world we leave them."
Ralph Arellanes Sr.
A BRIEF HISTORY
The Hispano Round Table was organized under the direction of several Hispano organizers including; Loretta Armenta, John García, Mary Molina Mescal and Lisa López. It was created to be a coalition of Hispano Organizations and as a clearinghouse for the exchange of information on matters of interest to all. The member organizations at the outset were; Hispano Chamber of Commerce, LULAC, IMAGE, GI FORUM, MANA, and HUNM. Over time, the organization increased in size as more and more groups came into the coalition.
HRTNM Chairman, Ralph Arellanes, founded and created the original 501c3 nonprofit organization and the current structure for the Hispano Round Table of New Mexico.
Ralph Arellanes Sr., Chairman, Hispano Round Table of NM
Juan José Peña, HRT Executive Vice-Chairman
Chuck Montaño, HRT Executive Vice-Chair for Northern New Mexico
Joe Mondragón, HRT Executive Vice-Chair for Southern New Mexico
Jim Arellanes, HRT Treasurer
Dr. Sandra Rodriquez, HRT Secretary
Annual Legislative Dinner - Jim Arellanes, Lupe Arellanes
Bilingual Education- Lettie Trujillo
Business & Economic Development - MGS Communications
Civil Rights - Ralph Arellanes Sr
Education - Dr. Lawrence Roybal, Jennifer Gomez-Chavez
Healthcare & Wellness - Ralph Arellanes Jr., Andres Arellanes (High Desert Medical Solutions)
Homeless & Poverty - Dr. Sandra Rodriquez
Housing - Al Valdez
Immigration Affairs- Cindy Nava
IT/Website Development, Multi Media/Film - Marcella Arellanes, Daniel Montaño (Altiora Media)
Land Grant & Acequias - Frank "Skitt" Trujillo, Professor M. Garcia y Griego, Jerome Padilla
Legal Advisor and HRT Counsel- Ms. Angela Arellanes, Attorney at Law
Legislative Affairs - Jim Arellanes, Lupe Arellanes
Media Point of Contact - Ralph Arellanes Sr.
Mental Health - Margarita Avitia
Unions- Frank Ortega
Veteran's Affairs - Lt. Col. Ivan Valdez, Juan Jose Pena
Women's Action Committee Chairwoman- Valerie Arellanes