Executive Director, Mireya Reith (Fayetteville, AR)
Mireya Reith is co-founder and Executive Director of the Arkansas United Community Coalition (AUCC). Inspired by her experiences growing up in Fayetteville, Arkansas as the daughter of a Mexican immigrant, Reith comes to AUCC with a 14-year career in the field of international political development, working across five continents with American nonprofit organizations and the United Nations to engage marginalized communities in democratic processes. Returning to Arkansas in 2010, Reith has worked to bring her international experiences to her home state through efforts including the development of a Latino youth civic association called the New Latino Movement, and directing Hispanic voter outreach in Arkansas for 2010 election campaigns. Reith proudly served her country as a municipal development volunteer with the Peace Corps in El Salvador, and currently serves her state as the first Latina appointed by the Governor to the Arkansas State Board of Education. Reith has also recently been awarded: the Mexican Consulate in Little Rock’s Hispanic Woman Champion Award (2014), the White House Cesar Chavez Champions of Change Award (2013), Arkansas Advocates for Children & Families’ Sister Joan Pytik Child Advocate of the Year (2013), and Arkansas Times’ 40 Most Influential Arkansans Award (2012).
Reith received her Master’s in International Affairs from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University (NY), concentrating in Economic and Political Development, and earned her BA in Political Science and Spanish from Williams College (MA).
Program Assistant and Northwest Arkansas/River Valley Organizer, Michel Rangel (Fayetteville, AR)
West Arkansas Organizer, Rosa Velazquez (DeQueen, AR)
East Arkansas Organizer, Special Sanders (McGehee, AR)
Intern and Central Arkansas Organizer, Marisa Nelson (Little Rock, AR)