Esmeralda Baltazar is a youth organizer, artist and educator, born and raised in San Antonio, TX but trained and developed her organizing skills in Chicago and New York City. She has over 10 years of experience in consensus-building and community development, which includes organizing young people around public school education, economic and community development. She obtained her Masters in Educational Leadership, Politics and Advocacy at New York University.
Viola Casares is co-director and co-founder of Fuerza Unida. She was also involved in the initial organizing after the closure of the Levi Strauss company in San Antonio, TX. Viola is a recipient of the prestigious Ohtli award given by the Mexican government for her dedication in helping organize local, national and international communities for the past 20 years.
Leticia Garza is the lead seamstress at Fuerza Unida and has been in the garment industry for over 40 years. Her skills range from basic sewing and embroidery to elaborate wedding dress designs and patterns. She has been working with Fuerza Unida for over four years.
Petra Mata is co-director and co-founder of Fuerza Unida. She was a part of the initial organizing after the closure of the Levi Strauss company. Her involvement in the San Antonio labor rights community spans over 20 years and allowed her to become the recipient of the Alston/Bannerman Fellowship for longtime activists.