Director of Inclusive Economies - South
Ana Delia Espino, a native of New Mexico and a first-generation Mexican American, is a steadfast advocate dedicated to promoting equity and justice. Raised in Southern California, Ana Delia bore witness to the resilience and struggles of the Mexican community as they established themselves in their new homeland. Her fervent advocacy journey began at a young age, ignited by her response to California's infamous anti-immigrant state initiative, Proposition 187.
In 2001, Ana Delia's pursuit of affordable housing led her to Alabama, where she embarked on a journey to make a lasting impact within Black and immigrant communities. Armed with experience gained as an alumna of the Midwest Academy and The Center for Creative Leadership, Ana Delia possesses a strategic approach to fostering leadership within these communities, aiming for transformative systems change.
Having spent over 17 years in leadership roles, Ana Delia's contributions have left an indelible mark. Her tenure at The Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama (HICA), a prominent community development and advocacy organization, exemplified her commitment to economic equality, civic engagement, and social justice for Latino and immigrant families in Alabama. Ana Delia played pivotal roles as a lead organizer, Civic Engagement Program Manager, and orchestrator of a program merger that combined community organizing and immigration legal services. Likewise, in her role as the Executive Director of the Alabama Coalition for Immigrant Justice, Ana Delia promoted and invested in Grassroots leadership, developed foundations for programmatic strategies and raised funds to create spaces for radical imagination for a liberated future. Ana Delia's commitment extends beyond immigrant advocacy. She volunteers her time with 2 different organizations that advocate for underrepresented communities and is recognized as an Alabama approved Spanish Interpreter.
At United for a Fair Economy, Ana Delia continues her mission to empower under-represented communities, nurture civic engagement, and advocate for economic justice through leadership development. Her journey, spanning more than two decades in Alabama, underscores her role as a visionary and advocate in shaping the diverse and intricate narrative of the Mexican-American experience in a Black and white state.
Ana Delia Espino's journey, rooted in the experiences of her Mexican immigrant ancestors, serves as an inspiring testament to the power of advocacy, leadership, and resilience. Her work resonates as a testament to the importance of cultivating change, one community at a time.