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February 20, 2019


Advisory Board

lindseybio Telissa K. Lindsey, JD, MBA

Telissa K. Lindsey, Esquire is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of NO Baggage Records, LLC located in Marlton, New Jersey.  She is also founder and Chief Legal Officer of the Law Offices of Telissa K. Lindsey, LLC which is a New Jersey full-service law firm serving all of New Jersey in the practice areas of Entertainment and Business Law.


Telissa brings 28 years of business and organizational leadership expertise to both enterprises. She was named by Diversity MBA Magazine as a “Top 100 Leader Under 50” and the Philadelphia Business Journal recognized her with the “Minority Business Leader Award.” Additionally, Telissa received the NAACP Professional Achievement Award. She earned a Juris Doctor degree from Temple University School of Law, and she is a member of the New Jersey State Bar, United States District Court, American Bar Association, New Jersey State Bar Association and the Camden County Bar Association.

She earned a Master of Business Administration degree with a focus in organizational leadership and a Bachelor of Science degree with a concentration in Business Administration from Brenau University.  Telissa is also a decorated war veteran that served in the United States Army during the Persian Gulf War. Her volunteer efforts are dedicated to improving the financial condition of ethnically and culturally diverse communities through education, home ownership, and economic development. 


fernandobio Fernando Mendez - Executive Editor

Fernando was born in Bogota, Colombia. He is a longtime resident of Philadelphia with decades of community engagement and public service.

His community work includes Television host of the show "En Portada," on Telemundo from 2005 to 2014.  A show dedicated to informing the community about current events - interviewing politicians, community leaders and other individuals in the news. Radio Host for, El Ritmo de la Comunidad talk radio, for more than 5 years. Publisher El Tiempo Latino/Latin Times from 1987 to 1992.

Fernando is a founding member of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the Mexican Cultural Center. He was formerly the Editor of El Sol Latino Newspaper (1996-2002) and presently serve as Editor-at-large.


ligiabio  Ligia Delgado
Director of Mass Communication/Public Relations

Ligia Carolina Delgado was born in Caracas. She studied communications in Central University of Venezuela and later came to the States to complete her studies in the 80’s. With a degree in communications, from the University of Northern Colorado, she worked as an anchor for KJJD Radio 1170 AM, covering the Denver Broncos training camp for two years.

In this position, she wrote & translated in Spanish and interviewed pro players. In addition, Ligia produced a daily news program for the station. She then moved to Phoenix, Arizona, where she worked at Telemundo as the anchor for the morning news.

Established now in Philadelphia, she is a full-time professor at St. Joseph’s Prep School where she teaches several levels of the Spanish language, as well as Latin American Literature and Culture, as part of her highly successful AP Spanish IV level class. Her love for traveling and social service to local and international communities in Latin America, has driven the International Exchange Program, at her school, to become the first in the region to have a university-style full language immersion and service exchange program for the last 10 years.



Kim Coffey 

Kim is a native of Charlotte, North Carolina who now resides in Philadelphia, PA. Kim is a freelance consultant with thirty years’ experience building productive relationships, resolving problems strategically - using tact and diplomacy to find common ground to achieve win-win outcomes.

Kim is currently involved with Community in Action Network – focused on community wealth building and collecting feedback to improve positive outcomes for residents from North Central Philadelphia. She is the Communications Director for the organization - ensuring quality creation and timely distribution of the newsletter and email communications with volunteers, staff and residents.

Kimberly earned her undergraduate degree in Mass Communications, Radio/Television, from Winston Salem State University. She went on to pursue her MBA from Strayer University in Charlotte, North Carolina.


hgarciabio2  Hector Rivera

Born in Puerto Rico, Dr. Rivera was actively involved in labor movements in Philadelphia and New Jersey. His area of expertise is Latin American Literature and Cultural Studies in Latin America, Human Rights - and its impact on political behavior.

At the University of Puerto Rico, Inter American University of Puerto Rico; National Autonomous University of Mexico; University of La Salle and University of Stockton – Dr. Rivera taught courses emphasizing Latino politics, such as: Identity and Assimilation; The Ethnic Experience, and Latino population in the United States; Ethnicity, Gender and Class in the Mexican American and Puerto Rican Experience; literature; pre-colonial, colonial, and modern history; native, immigrant, and diasporic experiences; politics; socioeconomic conditions; religion; social structures and architecture.

In addition to his academic accomplishments, he has participated in local radio and television programs as a political analyst for Univision 65 Philadelphia. He is a consultant and trainer on diversity who speaks about Latino and diversity issues. For eight years he was a member of the Latino Puerto Rican Affairs Committee of the Mayor of Philadelphia. And the founder of The Latin Cultural Association of Atlantic County in New Jersey.


perlabio  Perla Y Lara - News Director

Perla Yolanda Lara is an accomplished, multimedia journalist with extensive experience in broadcasting, writing, editing and investigative reporting. She was a news manager at Televisa Estado de Mexico. She co-anchored  daily news shows, and contributed reports for special assignments, covering breaking news, local, state, and national reports. 
Produced editorial articles, wrote content for "Metropolis Revista TV ", for Luis De Llano Televisa.  She created the show “Tu Vida.” 

Perla was the editor of international news in  “Primero Noticias,” with Carlos Loret at Televisa. She was a correspondent in the U.S. with Ricardo Rocha Radio program, “Detras de la Noticia,”and a commentator for, “Radio Hinterland” a special program for Immigrants in Milan Italy. She designed creative vocational curriculums and trained Immigrants on Identity Intercultural awareness; and taught courses in Geopolitics & Communication and Psychology of Communication, at the Instituto Franco Ingles de Mexico. 

She co-authored “Un trago dulce pero adentro con sabor amargo” (Bittersweet Swallow) Constructing Counterspace to Explore Undocumented Status Across Academic, Family, and Community Spaces Jul 2016. By the members of the participatory research center of CCATE. Norristown.

She has a Bachelors in Psychology and a Master’s in Cross-Cultural Dialogue for Mediation. Perla was a special reporter, in Philadelphia, for El Sol Newspaper.
Currently, she is working as a freelance journalist for WHYY - with sporadic radio collaboration in Mexico & Italy.  Perla is fluent in Spanish, Italian and English. Her passion is to connect and build relationships with the Latino community.”


 mayorgabio4 Edwin Mayorga

Edwin Mayorga is Nicaraguan-Chinese immigrant raised in Southern California. He’s an Assistant Professor-in the Department of Educational Studies and the Program in Latin American and Latino Studies at Swarthmore college. His engaged scholarship is primarily an application of cultural political economic perspectives to questions concerning urbanism, urban educational policy, Latinx education, ethnic studies, digital social science, and teaching for social justice.

Edwin is the founder and co-researcher of the Education in our Barrios Project in Philadelphia and New York City, a college and high school-aged, participatory action research collaborative. Currently the research collaborative is designing a Youth Voces (Voices) survey of Latinx youth in Philadelphia with the hope of providing research and analyses that can be used to advocate for more just social conditions for Latinx communities. The project has also lead to the creation of #EthnicStudiesPHL, a curricular database and educator group that advocates for ethnic studies in K-12 and higher education settings. The other major project is the Philadelphia Community, School and College Partnership (CSCP) study examining various approaches and visions of community and school partnerships in the Philadelphia school district.

Edwin also initiated the Critical Education Policy Studies (#CritEdPol) group, a space geared toward encouraging critical policy studies approach. Recently the first issue of #CritEdPol was published, an open source, online, journal of critical education policy studies for undergraduates and education advocates. He is co-editor (w/Bree Picower) of the volume What's Race got to do with it? How Current School Reform Policy Maintains Racial and Economic Inequality from Peter Lang.

As a doctoral student his teaching experiences included being a part-time faculty member at Hunter College, CUNY's Macaulay Honors College (Lehman College) and a Writing Fellow at Hostos Community College. Edwin has an M.A., from Colombia University and a PhD., from Graduate Center, City University of New York.