Staff

Adela Flores, MA, MPA, Director
Adela Flores, MA, MPA, Director

Adela Flores grew up in Laredo, Texas, and has a deep-rooted love for the border region, where her family has lived for many generations. While earning her Masters in Latin American Studies, she focused on Mexican history and politics, with an emphasis on the US-Mexico border. Adela later pursued a Master’s in Public Administration and has applied her combined educational experience to working with nonprofit organizations serving Latinos on a local, regional, and national level. She has been a part of the Conjunto Heritage Taller since 2008, alternating in the role as staff and board member. She served as the President of the Board of Directors from 2015-2017, and is now serving as Director at the Taller.

Valeria Alderete, Program & Marketing Coordinator
Valeria Alderete, Program & Marketing Coordinator

Valeria is a native of San Antonio’s Westside who brings to the Taller her professional experience and passion for culture and arts! She completed her B.B.A. in international management, with a minor in marketing at UTSA and has completed Music Business studies at SAC. Valeria was a NALAC Advocacy Leadership Institute fellow in 2019, where she and other cultural workers took to Capitol Hill to advocate for policies that benefit the arts and culture sector. Valeria has professional experience in community outreach, operations, marketing, and international market research. She actively volunteers and partakes in many cultural art events in her community and currently serves as our Program and Marketing Coordinator.

Gavin Barrera, Administrative & Program Assistant
Gavin Barrera, Administrative & Program Assistant

Gavin is a rising Senior Political Science Major from Trinity University who plans on studying law. He first joined our team as a summer intern through his university and has since joined our team as a virutal assistant where he provides tech support for our online programming. “Ever since I was young, I’ve always heard my family listening to Conjunto, Norteño, and many other styles of Latin music, but I’ve never delved deep into the history and meaning. I hope to further my appreciation for Conjunto and learn more about what it takes to serve the community through nonprofit work!”

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