MEET OUR TEAM

“Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishments toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.” – Andrew Carnegie

Eduardo Castañeda-Díaz, B.A.

CANDIDATE FOR WA. HOUSE OF REPS.

MORE ABOUT EDUARDO

 

Eduardo Castañeda-Díaz is leading a grassroots effort in the 13th Legislative District of Washington to run for Washington House of Representatives. A native of Quincy, Eduardo went on to graduate from Washington State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Foreign Languages and Cultures with a minor in Criminal Justice and serve five years in the U.S. Army. Eduardo, like many of the staff members on his campaign, are first-generation Americans and university graduates. Eduardo is completing his Master of Arts degree in Ethnic Studies, with a concentration in Public Policy at San Jose State University, where his thesis research is centered on schoolchildren homelessness in the San Francisco Bay Area. Eduardo is thankful for the kind support that his campaign team has blessed him with and enthusiastically looks forward to reaching their collective goal of creating a positive change in the “heart” of Washington.

 

Nicholas Siler, M.P.A

CAMPAIGN MANAGER

MORE ABOUT NICHOLAS

 

Nicholas Siler graduated from Washington State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Government and continued his education at the University of Washington, where he earned his Master’s in Public Administration. Nicholas has been active in the emergency response and project management fields, including stints with cross-state trade and governance operations in the Pacific Northwest and disaster preparedness projects in Puerto Rico. With family rooted throughout the Evergreen State, including in Washington’s 13th Legislative District, Nicholas believes that Eduardo is the best individual for all in the “heart” of Washington, with his vision benefitting all. Nicholas joins our campaign because he finds value in Eduardo’s pledge to represent all those previously unaccounted for in the state’s political discourse and believes this movement is the best way forward.

Eva Álvarez, M.P.A.

DIRECTOR OF POLICY AND RESEARCH

MORE ABOUT EVA

 

Eva Álvarez was born and raised in Royal City, Washington. She is the daughter of immigrant parents and a first-generation university graduate. Eva received her Bachelor’s degree from Washington State University in Political Science and her Master’s in Public Administration from Western Michigan University. Eva focuses on advancing key policy issues affecting the immigrant community and believes that policies should reflect the interest of all communities, especially people of color, immigrants, and working families. Eva joins the campaign to ensure that all families feel empowered to believe in a better Washington for all. Eva believes that with a great vision to make Washington a better place for all, it will create a path for change.

Felix Martel, B.S.

CAMPAIGN TREASURER

MORE ABOUT FELIX

 

Born in Peru, Felix Martel immigrated to the United States at the age of 5 with his family in search of opportunity. Now proudly a U.S. citizen, Felix aims to achieve the many goals that he has set for himself. Felix holds an Associate’s degree in mathematics and a Bachelor’s degree in Finance from San Jose State University. Among his many accolades, Felix is proud to have won various banking and finance competitions during his college career. Felix’s financial background extends to financial analysis, investing in securities, and mergers in the corporate development field.

Alexander Negrete, B.S.

DIRECTOR OF STRATEGIC COMMUNICATION

MORE ABOUT ALEXANDER

 

Alexander Negrete is a visual artist and designer who seeks to inspire understanding through visual means. He has had a long-standing passion for visual art and community. Alexander graduated from San Jose State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing with a minor in Graphic Design. Alexander’s passions have led him to be the first Creative Director of the Latinx Business Student Association at SJSU helping other Latinx students build themselves professionally. Alexander prides himself in donating his art to public art shows in the San Francisco Bay Area to make art accessible for others. As he seeks to further impact underrepresented communities, he has become a proud member of Eduardo’s campaign.

Lauryn Younge, J.D.

DIRECTOR OF LEGAL POLICY AND RESEARCH

MORE ABOUT LAURYN

 

Lauryn Younge graduated from Florida Atlantic University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing and a double minor in Finance and Business Law. Lauryn received her Juris Doctor degree from Santa Clara University School of Law in May 2020 and is currently preparing for the California Bar Examination. Lauryn’s goal is to help Eduardo serve the “heart” of Washington by researching the legal and constitutional laws that impact Washingtonians. Lauryn joins the campaign because she supports Eduardo’s vision to humbly serve and make a difference within his community.

 

Bryan Vázquez, M.Ed.

DIRECTOR OF EDUCATIONAL POLICY

MORE ABOUT BRYAN

 

Bryan Vázquez is a first-generation university graduate and proud son of agricultural workers. After earning his Associate’s degree at Columbia Basin College, Bryan earned two Bachelor’s degrees at Washington State University in Comparative Ethnic Studies and Foreign Languages & Cultures. Bryan is currently completing his Master’s degree in Secondary Education while teaching English full-time in his fourth year at Wahluke Junior High in Mattawa, Washington. Bryan is a strong advocate for newcomer and migrant students, and an advocate for social change. Bryan believes first-generation Americans need to be better represented in politics and that education is essential and a key component for future generations. Bryan is a proud member of the state-wide teacher union Washington Education Association (WEA), in District 73 out of Grant County. Bryan joins Eduardo’s campaign because he believes in representing the communities who have been underserved in our state of Washington. Bryan is for a campaign that supports hardworking families and giving them access to better way of life because they deserve it. Bryan would like to ensure our public education system  is equitable, allowing children to receive the proper education in the most adequate manner.

 

Virginia Ixta, B.S.N., R.N.

HEALTHCARE POLICY ADVISER

MORE ABOUT VIRGINIA

 

Virginia is a registered nurse in Washington and Idaho. She is a first-generation university graduate, earning her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Lewis Clark State College. She is currently working towards her Master of Science in Nursing with an Emphasis in Health Informatics. Virginia has worked in various healthcare settings including hospitals, long-term healthcare facilities, and prisons. She finds being an advocate for her patients to be the most rewarding part of the nursing profession. Virginia supports this campaign which seeks to assess the delivery of care to our most vulnerable and reforming the current healthcare policies affecting our communities.

 

Erim Gómez, Ph.D.

ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY ADVISER

MORE ABOUT ERIM

 

Erim Gómez is a professor at Gonzaga University, where he teaches ecology, environmental science and organismal biology. Erim is currently completing his Ph.D. in Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences at Washington State University, focusing on ecological modeling, aquatic ecology, and amphibian conservation. Erim wants to use his interests in ecology and policy to conduct research that will not only further environmental understanding but also advance sustainability and conservation of the environment.

 

 

 

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Disclaimer: Specialist Eduardo Castañeda is a member of the Army National Guard. Use of his military rank, job titles, and photographs in uniform does not imply endorsement by the Department of the Army or the Department of Defense

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