President’s Welcome


Dear LUPE Fund Members and Friends,

Welcome to Lupe Fund, Inc., I’m honored to have recently been elected to serve as President of this amazing organization which was started by a group of forward-thinkers who understood there was a need to Educate, Empower and Engage Latinas to promote civic engagement and leadership throughout New Jersey. It is due to their commitment to collaboration, and hard work, along with our past leadership, that LUPE has been able to exist for over 14 years.

As incoming President, my goal is to continue to collaborate with those who are aligned with our mission and work closely with our board members to ensure we stay committed to our vision and connected with our members. We enter the New Year with a sense of momentum, building on some noteworthy strides in the past. Let me highlight some of them as we look ahead, with thanks to the board members and members who have been part of the evolution.

On March 10, 2017, we will once again partner with the Center for American Women in Politics at their annual Ready to Run Program and host Elección Latina. It is a non-partisan program to encourage and train women to run for elected office, position themselves for appointed office or work on a campaign. To learn more visit: In the Spring, we invite you to join us at our annual Power of Women reception which allows us to raise funds for many of our programs including our Young Latina Leadership Scholarships. In May we plan to host our Legislative Breakfast to hear from our elected officials about the issues that are important to you! Finally, in late fall, we host the Young Latina Leadership Conference, a one-day conference that provides leadership trainings and workshops.

These are just a few of our upcoming programs and events. We encourage you to follow us on Instagram and Facebook to learn more about scholarship opportunities and new initiatives that will be launched in the upcoming year. It is an exciting time for LUPE and we invite you to be a part of it. My hope is to inspire you to get involved and help us grow as the largest Latina organization in New Jersey! Become a member today Click Here

On behalf of our board members we welcome our new board members, Diana Calle and Marleny Cruz, and ALL who are willing to help us make 2017 an even bigger year for LUPE!

Con Mucho Cariño,
Sara Peña, MPA
President, LUPE Fund, Inc.