The first step in launching a Latino Leadership Movement is to identify the “State of U.S. Latino Leadership Programs” today. A broad search was conducted through a survey distribution which included: Over 2,500 individuals and influentials, affiliates of five national Latino organizations, and two mainstream leadership organizations.

The result is The National Latino Leadership Directory which indicates where Latino leadership programs exist and where there are gaps in services. LIDERAMOS will form a national network for existing programs and offer services, networking events, training and conferences to learn from each other and to strengthen their services.

Second, the data collected was integrated with Latino demographics and growth to determine where there are significant Latino populations, but no leadership programs. This identifies communities that will benefit from LIDERAMOS services. Subsequent outreach will be done to determine if there are potential partners and organizations that are interested and able to initiate leadership programs in these communities. (See information Join the Movement.)


The following groups emerged as primary focuses for leadership programs:

  • Community/government/non-profit leaders: 17
  • Directors/mid-career: 15
  • Women: 11
  • Corporate leaders/business owners: 10
  • Emerging leaders/early career: 5


  • Total number of programs identified: 90 serving less than 3,000 people
  • States with the highest number of programs: California, Texas, Illinois and programs with organizations based in DC.
  • Cities with the largest number of programs: Austin, Chicago, Dallas, Denver and programs with organizations based in DC

Gap Analysis

The gap analysis is based on demographic information from the PEW Research Center.


  • With the exception of New Jersey, the top 10 states with the highest Latino population all have programs.
    The states include California, Texas, Florida, New York, Illinois, Arizona, New Jersey, Colorado, New Mexico, and Georgia.
  • New Jersey’s Latino population is nearly two million and no programs were identified.
  • There is a disproportionate number of programs in Florida, Georgia, and New Jersey based on population to program ratio.
  • California, Illinois, and Texas have the greatest number of programs supporting a large, diverse Latino constituency
    in high population metropolitan areas.
  • The Latino population in Nevada is approximately 28% of the overall population but only one program was identified.
  • North Dakota has no programs and the three counties with the highest Hispanic population growth.
  • Programs based out of DC may affect the overall statistical analysis of program distribution.