Newly hired Regional Coalition of LANL Communities Executive Director Eric Vasquez, right, shakes hands Friday with Los Alamos County Councilor Morrie Pongratz, who represents Los Alamos on the coalition.
Latino social services group to manage Regional LANL Coalition

The Regional Coalition of LANL Communities voted unanimously Friday to make CPLCNM New Mexico the next contractor to manage the activities of the coalition, and hired Eric Vasquez as the coalition’s next executive director. 

CPLCNM stands for Chicanos Por La Causa, which is affiliated with an Arizona social services organization that provides health and human services, housing, education and economic development to underserved  and oppressed Latinos.

Vasquez was born in northern New Mexico and lived in the region for most of his life. He is on the board of the Española Valley Chamber of Commerce, and the Los Alamos Family YMCA. 

He is also married to state Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard (D-43). 

Vasquez said he is looking forward to his new role at CPLCNM and helping the coalition continue being a representative and lobbying arm of communities in northern New Mexico who are neighbors to the Los Alamos National Laboratory.