Minnesota Council on Latino Affairs

October 18, 2021

Celebrating three Humphrey Alumnae involved with the Minnesota Council on Latino Affairs

Originally established in 1978 as the Spanish Speaking Affairs Council and later renamed the Chicano Latino Affairs Council (CLAC), on July 1, 2015 the council was restructured under Chapter 77, Article 2, Section 2, as the Minnesota Council on Latino Affairs (MCLA). 

Portraits of Torres Ray, Tock and Vergara
Left to right: Torres Ray, Tock, Vergara

The mission of the council is to advise and inform the governor and legislators on matters of importance to Latinos in Minnesota. MCLA does this by tracking state legislation and analyzing the impact that policy, procedures, laws or regulations have on Latino Minnesotans. MCLA also conducts research and relays data within various policy areas impacting Minnesota Latinos. 

One of MCLA’s key roles is to infuse the Latino community’s voice within the legislative and policy making process. MCLA is the Latino community’s liaison and bridge to government, agencies and nonprofit sectors. MCLA’s objective is to empower Latinos, by injecting their voice into the legislative and policy making process, to become strong, visible and self-sufficient Minnesotans.

Three alumnae of the Humphrey School are involved in the leadership of MCLA.  Rosa Tock, MPP '03, serves as Executive Director of MCLA.  Sen. Patricia Torres Ray, MPA '04, and Ana Vergara, MHR '19, serve as board members. 

To learn more about the work and upcoming events of the Council, click here.