About Us

Our Mission

Our mission is to unify and organize the community of Muskegon County by celebrating our culture, and increasing interest in our history, while preserving and honoring Latino Heritage.
LWFTF About Us Founding Members

Our Board

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Angelita Valdez


Angelita Valdez is a Behavioral Health Therapist and the Chief Executive Officer and proud Owner of Servicios de Esperanza, LLC providing bilingual therapy, substance abuse counseling and play therapy to families and children. Angelita is involved with numerous community and professional affiliations and serves as the Board President for Latinos Working for the Future, is a Trustee for the Community Foundation for Muskegon County, and an Advisory Member of the Public Health Advisory Committee. Angelita is also a proud member and founder of the Alpha Kappa chapter of Hermandad de Sigma lota Alpha, Incorporada and was appointed as a Commissioner to the Hispanic/Latino Commission of Michigan by Governor Gretchen Whitmer in March 2022.

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Elizabeth Briseño

Vice President
Elizabeth Briseño is the Director of Operations of Centro de Esperanza whose mission is to reduce barriers in our community by connecting those in need to supportive services that promote good mental health. In addition, Elizabeth serves as the Vice Chair for Kids’ Food Basket’s Muskegon Advisory Board and takes part in the Leadership Committee of the Community Foundation of Muskegon County’s LEAD Giving Circle that focuses on justice, equity, diversity and inclusion. Elizabeth is passionate in being the bridge that connects our Muskegon Latinos with local organizations and resources.
LWFTF About Us Ana Olson

Ana Olson

Ana is the Treasurer of Latinos Working for the Future and serves on various boards throughout the city such as the Poppen Program Advisory Board and the Business Equity Initiative which strives to assist small businesses particularly initiated by women of color in need of start-up support, seed money, or gap funding. Ana is the owner of Los Amigos Bar and Grill and will have her second restaurant location opening in North Muskegon in 2024.
LWFTF About Us Amanda Martinez

Amanda Martinez


Amanda Martinez is the owner of Lupita’s LLC in Muskegon. Proudly serving Tex-Mex cuisine to the lakeshore area since 2020. Amanda takes pride and joy in sharing her late grandmother Esther Rios flavorful Tex-Mex recipes along with cooking being her biggest passion. Additionally Amanda is a bilingual sales ambassador for Gerber/Nestle. Amanda enjoys being a member of LWFTF and making a difference in her community.

LWFTF About Us Liz Loyla

Liz Loyola

Board Member
Liz is a Board Member of Latinos Working for the Future and is the Program Assistant at Read Muskegon. She has spent the past 5 years working professionally with the Latino community and is a huge asset to the growing programs department and works closely with the English Language Learners. In addition, Liz is a Spanish speaking Public Notary and an individual tax service provider.