Latinos Aren’t Appointed to Nonprofit Boards in Big Cities in Big Numbers

Latinos do not have a major presence on nonprofit boards even in cities where they make up a significant proportion of the population, according to data collected by Latinos Lead, a nonprofit that works to place Latinos in leadership positions.

The effort, which used publicly available documents and information found online, looked at the board composition of more than 1,500 nonprofits. In total, about 11 percent of the board members at those organizations are Latino. About one third of the boards, representing 509 nonprofits, did not have a single Latino board member.

Melissa Sandoval, who was a social worker before becoming a lawyer, is a board member at an addiction-treatment nonprofit — the only Latina on the board.