Daniela graduated from high school in Arlington, and came to work as the NOVALACIRO organizer after graduating. She now works at Arlington Public Schools while studying at Northern Virginia Community College to earn her Associate Degree in Earl Child Education. Fortunately for us, Daniela returned to us as a board member after going to work for APS, and she has now taken on the responsibility of being our Board President. What motivates her to be part of NOVALACIRO? Seeing the reality in the Latinx community both as our former organizer and through her lived experience, she understands the need for the Latinx community to organize. She has to commute these days from Woodbridge, for example, since it costs too much to live where she works in Arlington.
Jeffrey Elkner - Secretary
Jeff has been a community activist since the 1980s, focusing especially on housing rights, civil rights, workers' rights, and expanding opportunities for everyone to meaningfully participate in our democracy. Before joining the BRAVO Board, Jeff volunteered with Tenants and Workers United. A public school teacher, Jeff is an active member of the Arlington Education Association and is dedicated to strengthening the voices of educators, parents, and students in the Arlington Public Schools.
Gloria Galvez - Tesorera
A native Spanish speaker from Bolivia, Gloria has been an Arlingtonian for 26 years, most of which as a tenant at Park Shirlington Apartments. A single mom, she raised two daughters, helping put them through college. Attending Arlington Mill HS for adult students, Gloria has strengthened her English proficiency. Park Shirlington’s utility vendor reported to Gloria’s landlord a problem with her account. She had paid in full but was threatened with eviction. Gloria contacted BRAVO. We recommended how to address the issue and helped her connect to a Spanish-speaking representative for the vendor. With a little guidance from BRAVO and a lot of her own persistence, she resolved the issue with her landlord and the vendor. Gloria knows the threat of redevelopment and displacement. Park Shirlington’s owner proposed replacing 293 aging units with 750 luxury apartments. Gloria organized her neighbors, partnering with BRAVO to distribute bilingual flyers, hold meetups, learn tenants’ concerns, and make tenants’ voices heard. The owner canceled their plans for unrelated reasons – for now. But tenants developed their civic muscles. When Arlington schools’ chief pushed to eliminate Gloria’s high school, which provides bona fide high school diplomas, Gloria organized the community, turning out a standing-room-only crowd at a public hearing – and killing the proposal. Activism doesn’t fall far from the matriarch. One of Gloria’s daughters has worked to preserve affordable housing in Arlington. With their determination..."sí Se Puede".