Latinos In Transit (LIT) announced the appointment of Christina Villarreal as its first executive director.
From Laredo, Texas, Villarreal has played a role in the organization and is now ready to lead it in this new position.
Villarreal began her journey with LIT in a contract-based capacity, where she demonstrated her dedication and passion for the organization's mission.
She streamlined LIT's membership process, launched a new website, and successfully took over planning and implementation of LIT's major activities and events.
Christina Villarreal's Experience
Villarreal brings a track record of more than 25 years in the nonprofit sector, underpinned by a solid educational foundation. She holds a bachelor's degree in nonprofit management, a master's degree in public administration, and a master's degree in human services.
As an active member of the Association of Consultants to Nonprofits, Villarreal has worked in supporting and advocating for immigrant educational programs, providing resources and assistance to immigrant communities. She has contributed to city planning commissions and committees, where she played a role in urban development, community revitalization, and ensuring equitable and sustainable city planning.
Villarreal also played a role in safeguarding her Latino community's legacy by dedicating herself to historic preservation. Through her efforts, she brought to light the often-overlooked historical narrative of her community, making it accessible to a wider audience. Her work provided her the opportunity to be a Diversity Scholar for the National Trust of Historic Preservation.
Since her involvement with LIT, the organization has achieved remarkable milestones, including a 300% increase in its membership base.
"I am humbled to be given the opportunity to help push the mission of LIT forward,” Villarreal said. “I am extremely grateful for the board of directors for having the confidence in me to implement the organization's strategic plan, and I look forward to working with our organizational members. I am most excited about expanding the programs and services of LIT."
Under her administrative direction, LIT successfully organized the organization's 2023 Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C. This summit provided a platform for industry professionals to collaborate, share ideas, and inspire positive change within the transit sector.