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.

Antonio Arellano
Interim Executive Director

Antonio Arellano is a multi-media journalist and human rights advocate who has been nationally recognized as one of the most influential young Latino voices in the United States, by Hispanicize. Originally from Michoacán, Mexico he served as a social media correspondent for KTRK ABC13 in Houston, Texas prior to joining Jolt in September 2018

His social media accounts combined reach an estimated 100 thousand millennial voters. He uses his platforms to engage and empower the youth to fight for immigration reform, racial equality, LGBTQI issues, and civil rights. Antonio’s consistent innovation has garnished national attention, and he has been featured in national publications such as the Washington Post, Vice News, Huffpost and USA Today.

Brigid Hall
Chief Operating Officer

Brigid Hall is a leader in the civil rights movement who has dedicated her career to ensuring marginalized communities have a seat at the table in the decisions that impact their lives. She has helped take immigrant and racial justice organizations to scale in Texas, impacting the lives of millions of people across the state. Her niche is in the finance, fundraising, and operations of million-dollar entities. Brigid has worked at organizations in Texas, California, and Chile, and brings her unique leadership style wherever she goes.

Jackie Bastard
Operations and Human Resources Director

In her role as operations and human resources director, Jackie will drive Jolt’s talent acquisition, training and development initiatives, and human resources responsibilities.

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.

Marianne de Leon
Chief Development Officer

Marianne DeLeon has nearly 20 years of experience in resource development for mission-driven nonprofit organizations. At each position, she has incrementally grown the organization’s abilities to build wide-ranging fundraising strategies while building major donor capacity. Marianne has worked in a variety of nonprofit venues including: abroad in the former Soviet Union building philanthropic interest for reproductive healthcare and to combat human trafficking among Moldovan women; at the Dallas Regional Office of the International Rescue Committee, empowering refugees, asylees, and victims of trafficking to become self-sufficient in their new homes; and at AIDS Services of Austin, empowering people facing issues related to HIV and AIDS, to name a few. She values a professional community where activism, art and social work converge.

Katherine Pineda
Civic Engagement Director

As Civic Engagement Director, Katherine drives forward Jolt’s voter registration initiative to ensure that everyone has a voice in our democracy. She believes that the commitment, passion, anger, and hope that people bring to the issues that affect their lives and the lives of those around them is the fuel for change. Her work as a Regional Field Director on the Beto for Texas Campaign in 2018 demonstrated the power of grassroots organizing and led her to pursue work that empowers people to positively transform their communities. Her experience is in growing and managing large teams around ambitious goals. She has a large dog.

Austin Staff

Tina Chavez
Project Manager

Tina Chavez serves as the Project Manager for Movement Mujeres at Jolt. Prior to joining Jolt, Tina worked at various educational and basic needs focused nonprofits in Austin. Her background is in community engagement, resource sharing, event planning and fundraising. She is a proud Mexican American with ties in Guanajuato, Mexico and Houston, TX. She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Science in Youth and Community Studies.

Ashley Nava-Monteros
Executive director assistant

Ashley Nava-Monteros is a proud fronteriza from her beloved hometown of El Paso, Tejas. She is a recent graduate of the UT Austin with a degree in Anthropology and Latino Studies. Ashley is passionate about civic engagement and has worked on mobilizing folks to vote in ALL elections. She has demonstrated experience in office administration, digital and social media, and organizing.

Dallas Staff

Karen Quintero
Dallas Organizer

Karen Quintero is a graduate of the Jolt Leadership Institute, which she now helps facilitate. As a community organizer, she trains volunteers and creates safe spaces for Latinx people throughout Dallas. She develops students to form their own Jolt chapters on college campuses all over North Texas. During her time at Jolt, she has collaborated with the Inside Out Project and led an event featured in a Time Magazine cover piece. A Mexican immigrant herself, she is passionate about immigrant rights, has worked extensively with the Dallas Immigrant community and served as a Bilingual Advocate for Dallas CASA. Karen holds a BA in Public Affairs and Community Service from the University of North Texas.

Nazareth Vidal
Voter Registration Manager

Nazareth serves as the Voter Registration Manager in Dallas where she helps mobilize Latinos to get register to vote. Nazareth fell in love with helping people when she was only a teenager. Inspired at a summer camp she quickly developed a deep passion for charitable work. This resolve stuck with her through college, leading her to get involved with after school programs and assist with at risk youth.Her experience gave her a deep appreciation for education and community involvement.

Carmen Ayala
Culture and Events Manager

Carmen Ayala serves as the Culture and Events Manager at Jolt. Prior to joining Jolt, she served as the Executive Director of the Dallas County Democratic Party. She is working to shift cultural tides by harnessing the power of Latino culture to create a new generation of civically engaged Latinos. She is a proud Mexican American with ties in Michoacan, Mexico. She graduated from El Centro College in Dallas and the Texas Women’s University in Denton.

Houston Staff

Kelvin Lopez-Garcia
Houston organizer

Kelvin is a recent transplant to Texas; he previously resided in Wichita, KS where he graduated with a degree in Political Science at Wichita State University. Realizing the potential to civically engage the Latinx community in Texas, he was eager to make the move. Kelvin first began his involvement with Jolt in September of 2018 as a canvasser and then transitioned to become the Houston Organizer. Before working for Jolt, Kelvin participated in various city-wide organizing for immigrant’s rights and working to make his campus and hometown more welcoming to immigrants and the Latinx community. Most notably, in September of 2017 when the President announced the termination of the Obama-era DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program, Kelvin mobilized over 400 people at a rally in support of DACA recipients exactly one week later.

Nadia Tamez-Robledo
Digital content specialist

Nadia Tamez-Robledo is a native of San Benito in Texas’ Rio Grande Valley. She has a background in journalism and, prior to joining Jolt, worked as a reporter on U.S.-Mexico border in Brownsville and the Coastal Bend in Corpus Christi. Nadia strove to amplify the voices of immigrant and underserved communities through her work, which included reporting through a grant from the International Center for Journalists on the lives of American-raised youth in Mexico City. She also brings experience in nonprofit communication and initially became involved with Jolt as a volunteer in 2017. Nadia holds a degree in mass communication from the University of Texas-Pan American (now UT Rio Grande Valley).

Zoila Cabera
Logistics Coordinator

Zoila Cabera serves as Logistics Coordinator at Jolt. Prior to joining Jolt, Zoila Worked at Job Corps as an Outreach Admission Counselor, and also worked as an HR Generalist. In December 2018, she graduated from San Jacinto College in Pasadena, Texas, with an associate’s degree in accounting. She was born from immigrant parents and is the first in her family to graduate from college. She is passionate about helping the Latino community specifically, empowering Hispanic women.

Gabrielle Cruz
Houston Voter Registration Manager

Gabrielle is a native Southeast Houstonian. She first fell in love with public service when she volunteered for the Obama ’08 campaign as a phone banker. While in high school, she lobbied for and won a larger selection of books on the Mexican-American history of Texas in her school’s library. Gabrielle graduated from Texas Tech University with a Bachelor of Political Science and the University of Texas at San Antonio with a Masters of Public Administration. Her experiences includes interning for Congressman Joaquin Castro and working for State Rep. Roland Gutierrez as a field organizer.

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