Manny Figueroa Statement

Manuel (Manny) Figueroa
Nominee for Chapter Representative - East Region

Throughout my 10 years as a member of REFORMA, I have had the opportunity to meet librarians and library professionals from around the country, cement friendships, create new professional networks, and most importantly, advocate for issues that have been important to me as a Latino librarian, and for issues that affect all libraries.

From 2010 to 2011 I served as President of the REFORMA Northeast Chapter. As President, I presented the first Lillian Marrero Scholarship Award. The Lillian Marrero Scholarship Award was established to encourage library science students who are committed to serving the Latino community by providing financial assistance, and to help recruit and nurture more diverse and multilingual library staffs.

I am currently the treasurer of the REFORMA Northeast Chapter, a position I have held since August of 2012. As treasurer of the Northeast Chapter of REFORMA I was instrumental in the reinstatement of the Northeast Chapter's tax-exempt status.

If elected as Chapter Representative (East Region) I hope to work closely with the chapters of the East Region to ensure that the voices and concerns of the members of each chapter are heard and addressed by REFORMA National through constant and timely communication. Additionally I hope to work with the leadership of REFORMA (National) to aid in rebuilding the trust and respect of our membership in the aftermath of recent events which have affected our organization.