Who We Are

Jolt Is Led By Latinos Who Have Fought, Marched And Organized For Our Community. We’ve Come Together To Build A Movement In Texas That Challenges The Status Quo And Innovates Civic Participation In One Of The Largest States In The Country.

Senior Staff

Diana Maldonado

INTERIM EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

A community, political and educational leader in the Central Texas region, Diana Maldonado will drive forward Jolt's mission to harness the power of young Latinos to transform Texas through their voice and their vote. 

 

She joins Jolt through her role as CEO and President of Maldonado Strategies, LLC, where she positions businesses for success and lasting impact. In her prior role as President and CEO of the Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, she implemented the CEO Speaker Series to bring dialogue and connections that impact Latino business and issues. 

 

Diana is the first Latina elected to represent Williamson County in the Texas House of Representatives during which time she authored and co-authored 88 bills and was named “Freshman of the Year” by her colleagues. She served in an Executive role for the Mexican American Legislative Caucus, was appointed to the State Affairs and Defense & Veterans Affairs Committees, served as President of the Round Rock ISD Board of Trustees and spent two decades building a career at the Texas State Comptroller’s Office. 

Jackie Bastard

DEPUTY DIRECTOR

Jackie is a first generation college graduate. She attended the University of Houston Downtown where she obtained a B.S. in Criminal Justice and then obtained a M.A. in Criminology from the University of Houston Clear Lake.

 

Jackie is excited to be part of Jolt, an organization that empowers, equips, and mobilizes individuals to speak up not only for themselves but for those who are afraid to do so for fear of reprisal. 

Maria Tolentino

DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMS

Maria is a proud Texas native, Chicana, and first-generation Mexican-American. She is the granddaughter of migrant farmworkers and daughter to immigrant mother from Monterrey, Mexico. Maria has been in the non-profit sector for 16 years working with underserved communities, single-parent households and at-risk youth to remove barriers while developing employment and educational opportunities. She is a proud mother of five and a hobby sugar artist/baker for local and national charities.

Through her personal experiences of the injustices facing the Latinx communities and political issues that were near and dear to her heart, she was drawn to become involved with Jolt. She wants to be a voice of empowerment and become a force for positive change in the Latinx community.

She hopes to encourage, educate and mobilize the Latinx community to use their voting power for positive change in addition to advocating for those who cannot vote.

Christine Bolaños

Communications Director

Christine Bolaños is thrilled to rejoin Jolt as its Communications Director after briefly serving in this same role in 2020 to help plan and execute the communications strategy for Jolt's groundbreaking Democratic presidential candidates' town hall: Movimiento 2020. Before serving as communications consultant for various social justice nonprofits and media startup organizations, the proud Salvadoran-American worked as a journalist dedicated to amplifying the voices and stories of underrepresented communities. Her bylines has been published in numerous state and national publications, including The Guardian and NPR's Latino USA, for her coverage on women's rights and immigration.
 

In 2016, the first-generation college graduate was selected as an International Women's Media Foundation Fellow and reported on women's development and rights in El Salvador. In 2017, Bolaños served as one of three esteemed media panelists who shared their views on "A Citizen Diplomat in the Information Age at the Texas State Capitol." She recently served as Magazine Editor for Latinitas Magazine, which empowers young girls of color through media and technology; as a member of the Women Communicators of Austin Diversity & Inclusion and Scholarship committees, and, as media sponsor of the Austin-wide Chingona Fest, which celebrates impactful Latina women in arts and culture.

Jen Ramos

POLITICAL SPECIALIST

Jen Ramos was born and raised in Laredo, Texas. She is an activist, organizer, campaign staffer, and communications professional with over a decade of experience in the political arena, most recently working in the office of State Senator Judith Zaffirini.

In her tenure, she has worked on over a hundred campaigns across the state, with three statewide campaigns under her belt. As a communications professional, specializing in intersectional messaging and bilingual outreach, Jen has been quoted by NPR, Time, Washington Post, and the Texas Tribune. Her work has been published by Progress Texas and Teen Vogue. As an activist and organizer, Jen has fought for election reform, immigration reform, pay equity, and fighting for common-sense gun legislation as a domestic violence survivor.

She currently resides in Austin, Texas with her dog and cat, Roscoe and Reba. When she is not working, Jen enjoys baking, going two-stepping, and is an award-winning karaoke champion. 

Austin Staff

Taylor Trevino

regional Organizer

Taylor Treviño is an organizer, advocate, and activist born and raised in Austin, Texas. After graduating from the University of North Texas with a Bachelor's in Interdisciplinary Art and Design Studies and a minor in Spanish, she went on to teach Spanish in Fort Worth where she began her journey in organizing and politics. Taylor has been an active member of various community organizations with a focus on registering and mobilizing voters and is also passionate about issues such as racial equity and justice, women’s and LGBTQ+ rights, immigration, and environmental sustainability. In her free time, she enjoys making art, music, and spending time outdoors.

Cindy Delacruz

EXECUTIVE ASSISTANt

Executive Assistant at Jolt in Austin Texas. Cindy is a first-generation Tejana from Austin. Cindy worked in the medical field for 13 years. In her free time she enjoys crafting and event planning. She has a cat named Piki Delacruz. Cindy is excited to join the Jolt team and support the Executive Director. 

Tom Curcio

Office Manager

Tom has spent the first half of his career working in the Wine and Spirits industry
throughout Colorado. While working in the wine business, Tom had several
opportunities to travel the world and experience firsthand the beauty of people,
their culture and historical traditions. A decade ago, as his thirst for adventure
grew, Tom began traveling to Central America in support of education
development and poverty alleviation in Honduras and Guatemala. After
numerous trips to some of the most rural communities in Central America, Tom
felt called to leave the traditional business world to advocate for social change,
equality and justice in our local communities. When he´s not doing his part to
support the mission at Jolt, Tom spends most of time playing guitar, enjoying
great food and practicing his Spanish.

Erick Soberanes

DIGITAL CONTENT SPECIALIST

Erick Soberanes is a graduate from Texas State University, studying Art & Design as well as Computer Science. As a first generation Mexican-American, he finds inspiration through learning more about his cultural roots and creating Tex-Mex flavor. Erick is passionate about educating the public through exciting digital mediums that hope to inspire and connect emotionally to our Latinx community. He currently resides in Austin, Texas and has joined Jolt as a Digital Content Specialist.

Keaton Peters

MULTIMEDIA SPECIALIST

Keaton Peters joined Jolt as the Multimedia Specialist in November 2021. Keaton grew up in a small town along the California-Nevada border, and he moved to Austin, Texas in 2019 after graduating from the University of California at Berkeley. He has been involved in many voter outreach campaigns for environmental nonprofits as well as electoral candidates throughout the 2020 Election and 2021 Senate Runoff Election in Georgia. He has also worked on many local campaigns since moving to Austin, and is the co-founder of the environmental news source, Branch Out. When not working, Keaton also enjoys making music, playing basketball and spending time with his cats.

Dallas Staff

Cristina Dolores Garrido

REGIONAL MANAGER

Cristina is a first-generation Mexican-American, born in San Antonio and raised in Fort Worth. In 2012, she became the first in her family to go to college. After graduating from Johns Hopkins University with a Bachelor of Arts, she came back home to North Texas. Since then, Cristina has been an active member of the Dallas-Fort Worth community. She holds leadership positions in youth-led, progressive organizations, and has volunteered and been a staff member on several political campaigns, including local, state, and congressional.

Cristina’s hands-on experience in organizing and her personal passion for justice for Latinx communities drew her to Jolt. She understands the complexities of our communities, and hopes to uplift the disenfranchised. Cristina is excited to be a part of the mobilization of young Latinx communities and help raise our voices. 

Hector Andrès Maldonado

REGIONAL ORGANIZER

Hector Andres Maldonado earned his Bachelor’s in Environmental Science at Santa Clara University in California. He is a Dallas native with roots in Bolivia and Guatemala. His experience organizing communities span across the USA, Mexico and South America with his most recent experience serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Mexico. Hector is passionate about engaging people on environmental justice, food sovereignty, and sustainable pre-hispanic agriculture. He finds inspiration in agrarian movements across the Americas and is looking forward to working closely with Jolt in its mission of mobilizing civic engagement across the Latinx community in Fort Worth.

Suzanne Miller

REGIONAL ORGANIZER

Suzanne (Suzie) Miller earned her Bachelor’s in Communications in Media Studies with a minor in Women and Gender Studies from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois. Since she moved to Collin County in 2019, Suzie has been actively organizing young leaders across the DFW area to use their voices at the polls and go out to vote. Suzie is passionate about fighting for LGBTQIA+ rights, women’s rights, and is now excited to fight for representation of the Latinx community across Texas. 

Maria Aguilar

REGIONAL ORGANIZER

Maria Aguilar is Texas born and raised organizer and activist. From working as a server in the food industry to running a university chapter for the Bernie Sanders campaign, Maria has always has always desired to work for her community. Ensuring the protection of Black and Brown Queer folk, recognition of the working class contrubution, and uplifting young Black and Brown students are just a few goals Maria works towards with the work they do both within and outside of Jolt. Some of their hobbies include cooking cultural staples, attempting to learn the drums, driving to sing her heart out, and light hiking.

Amber Simmons

Deputy Field Organizer

  • Amber Simmons began canvassing for Texas Campaigns for the Environment in 2010. She became truly mobilized in 2015, inspired by the victory of Obergefell v Hodges and began attending marches for other issues she was passionate about, and donating to organizations and candidates who espoused those ideas. In 2017, Amber started volunteering for Wolf PAC and several progressive candidates. In 2020 and 2022, she volunteered for Lorenzo Sanchez, and that brought her to Jolt in pursuit of a career to follow her passion.

Azael Martinez

Deputy Field Organizer

Azael Martinez was born in Ciudad Juarez, but relocated to Fort Worth early in life. Being raised in a poverty stricken household and in a poverty stricken neighborhood, he experienced first hand the hardships that are faced within marginalized and impoverished communities. This has caused him to seek ways to aid in bringing about positive change to these primarily black and brown communities, leading him to a position as a DFO at Jolt. He is currently finishing his last semester at TCC before pursuing a degree in anthropology. His hobbies are playing music, watching anime, and hiking.

Josue Rosa

Deputy Field Organizer

Josue A. Rosa is a first-generation Salvadoran student born and raised in Dallas, Texas studying at Texas A&M majoring in Political Science and minoring in Business Administration. Josue’s experience in advocacy extends to working with State and Nationwide nonprofit organizations that help at aiding and empowering marginalized communities. Josue is passionate about providing the necessary information and tools to organize lower-income areas and is excited to closely work with other organizers to uplift Latine voices and empower them to be civically active here in Texas.

Houston Staff

Julie Neuman

Regional Organizer

 I started with Jolt as a volunteer assisting in their efforts to build a stronger democracy through voter registration. I have a passion for helping people regardless of their ethnicity or socioeconomic background and I was lucky to find a position that helps to facilitate these interests.  I believe in a cooperative social power and helping people is a real source of energy for me.  I look forward to being able to continue helping others become civically engaged in order to make a difference.

Fiama Villigrana-Ocasio

Development Associate

Fiama Villagrana-Ocasio was raised in Houston, Texas and is a proud graduate from Texas Woman's University where they received a B.A. in Political Science. During their time in undergrad, Fiama was involved in various civic engagement initiatives on their campus and worked with organizations such as The Andrew Goodman Foundation, Reflect US, and Jolt! Fiama is passionate about civic engagement and believes that through community organizing and civic education, change is possible. In their spare time, Fiama enjoys dance, spending time with their family, and discovering new places in their home city.

Daniel Robles

Regional Organizer

Daniel Robles is a Texas raised activist and organizer. Graduated from Texas A&M with a bachelors in Political Science. He served in a congressional internship but felt like not enough was being done in the communities around his constituency and Houston at large. Daniel is driven by politics and one day hopes to have a career in public policy and legislative work. He enjoys movies, video games, and books in his free time.

Christina Ramirez

Deputy Field Organizer

Christina Ramirez was born and raised in Houston, Texas. She is a deputy field organizer with Jolt on the Houston team. She began working with jolt to help in their efforts to assist with getting our communities civically engaged. She is deputized in 5 counties, Harris, Montgomery, Brazoria, Fort Bend & Travis County. She enjoys traveling, driving & spending lots of time with her kids.

Vanessa Rivera

Deputy Field Organizer

Vanessa Rivera is a proud Latina born & raised in Houston, Texas. UHD graduate in Interdisciplinary studies with a double minor in Communication & Political Science. Has a passion for civic engagement, community empowerment & loves to bike ride.

Hugo Felix

Deputy Field Organizer

I am a hard working Latino American with a strong passion for business, education, art, sports, justice, energy, technology, religious studies, politics, and community development.

Beverly Baker

Deputy Field Organizer

I worked in California doing the census in the late 90s it was paper then no computers, since I have joined the Jolt familia. I've come to learn more and more about our heritage background being undercounted overlooked and underpaid. Working as Deputy Registrar, has allowed me to engage in Civic conversations for our communities black brown Latinos, we have been suppressed for so long I want to be a part of the solution and no longer part of the problem. As this world changes we as citizens of Texas, will continue to reach out speak for the people stand in the gap and encourage the younger generation of  Latinos black and brown to ensure they are future candidates, as a TEAM, we must continue to educate and be leaders to stop in the oppression in Texas.People need to be heard civically, and I'm honored to do the duty that comes along with spreading the good news and information so that we can place someone in a higher position to help and bring our community together #WeareTexas

San Antonio Staff

Robert Laurence

Regional Organizer

Robert is a community organizer and consultant who has been organizing in San Antonio and beyond for the past four years. Having to grow up in poverty and with family healthcare debt, he comes to progressive politics not just theoretically but for practical reasons. He looks forward to continue building people power with Jolt and advocate for voting rights both at a community level and the legislative level. With a background in training and campaigns, he tries to facilitate and encourage the community to get involved in politics at all levels. He enjoys dancing, reading about international relations and film history. He believes, organizing communities is not only a worthy cause but a practical necessity to build a better world.

Andrea García Rodriguez

Deputy Field Organizer

Andrea was born and raised in Mexico.  After coming to Texas, she knew she wanted to be a voice for her community and work in politics. She graduated from Texas State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science with Summa Cum Laude Honors in 2021. She has held different leadership positions and volunteered for different organizations and campaigns throughout her college years. Now that Andrea has graduated, she is excited to work for Jolt to mobilize the young latinx people in Texas and ensure that their voices are heard in all places where decisions are made. She hopes to obtain her master’s degree and run for office in the future.

Cris Boneta

Deputy Field Organizer

Cris Boneta was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. His family is from Puerto Rico and New York. While going to college it was not uncommon for Cris to have 2 or 3 jobs at a time to pay for his education. He’s held positions as a busboy, a cook at Mcdonalds, and all kinds of glorious jobs that did not usually care about his personal well-being. As recent as 2018 Cris has worked for the minimum wage. He has been poor for much of his life and as such understands the plight of the working poor. He’s a first-generation bachelor’s degree recipient. He majored in Public Administration and is an Americorps Alumni. Some notable organizations he’s had the pleasure of serving with include Public Allies, Planned Parenthood Action, Environment Texas, The Texas Victory Project, and the Working Families Party. Cris fights for the poor. The hungry. The sick. He has been very happy to call Jolt home for the past year. And intends to continue to fight for Latinos and other marginalized groups in the state of Texas for a long time.

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