Who is Latinitas?


Empower all girls to innovate through media and technology.


Create courageous leaders.

Who We Are

Latinitas was founded in Austin, TX in 2002. Latinitas provides media and technology programs for  all girls throughout Central Texas.

Austin Staff

  • Laura Donnelly is the founder/CEO of Latinitas. She has been a journalist, book publicist and documentary filmmaker. She majored in English and minored in Computer Science at Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey.

    Laura Donnelly

    Founder and CEO
  • Sylvia Butanda manages Latinitas’ media and technology enrichment programs for girls in Austin. Originally from Brownsville, TX, she graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor's in Journalism.

    Sylvia Butanda

    Program Director
  • Daniela Lastra manages Latinitas' annual fundraising events, donor relations, and charitable giving. She has a Bachelor’s in English American Literature from the University of Texas–El Paso and has taken graduate courses in Writing and Rhetoric Studies.

    Daniela Lastra

    Development Manager
  • Alyssa is responsible for recruiting and managing groups of volunteers for Latinitas programs and events. Born and raised in San Marcos, TX, she graduated from Texas State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies and a minor in Business Administration. Alyssa enjoys music, drawing, and binge-watching.

    Alyssa Gonzales

    Volunteer Coordinator
  • Gabryella Desporte

    Program Coordinator
  • Karla Lugo

    Program Leader

Austin Board of Directors

  • Endrica Galvan Hardwick

    ITIL/CSPO Strategist & Planner, Dell
  • Sammy Morales

    CO-CHAIR, HR Business Partner, AllClear ID
  • Venus V. Piñeyro de Hoyos

    Sr. Manager, Facebook
  • Gissela SantaCruz

    Dir. of Community Engagement & Communications, Austin FC
  • Karen Mariela Siles

    CO-CHAIR, Delivery Manager for Security Encryption, IBM Cloud
  • Sandie Taylor

    TREASURER, Communications and Operations Director, Together for Girls
  • José A. Velásquez

    Marketing and Communications Specialist, Austin Independent School District
  • T.C. Waugh

    Co-Founder & Director of Marketing, Decentra Group
  • Jessica Castilleja Dunn

    Associate Attorney at Law Firm of McFerrin & Zayed, PLLC

El Paso Staff

  • Isis Portillo has been in the communications field since 1955. The El Paso native is an advocate for women and Latinos and has shown that support through her career. Portillo is a University of Texas–El Paso alumna.

    Isis Portillo

    Latinitas El Paso Executive Director

El Paso Board of Directors

  • Rocio Chacon

    Implementation Specialist II, Core IS
  • Ana Haro, M.A.

    Volunteer Coordinator, Make-A-Wish Foundation North Texas
  • The Honorable Michelle P. Morales

    Municipal Court Judge, El Paso
  • Ginger Raya, Ed.D., MHA

    Market Manager, Hospital Corporation of America
  • Diana Renteria

    Branch Manager, Wells Fargo