Susana Almanza, Director, is a native of East Austin and founding member of PODER.
Susana is President of the Montopolis Neighborhood Association, a community in East
Austin. She is responsible for general office administration, personnel management,
resource development, and program work. Susana is a former member of the City of
Austin Environmental Board, Planning Commission, Community Development
Commission & currently on PARD Board. On the national level, Susana has served on
numerous committees including the EPA's Title VI Implementation Advisory Committee.
Angelica Noyola, Education Coordinator/ Organizer, is a native of East Austin.
Angelica is President of the Montopolis-Ponca Neighborhood Association. Angelica
Coordinates the SER One Job at a Time program; she oversees the case management,
job readiness training, GED training and testing for Unemployed individuals seeking
entry or re-entry into the workplace.
Angelica is a member of the City of Austin’s Community Development Commission.
Librado Almanza, Technology Coordinator/Organizer is responsible for coordinating
the Technology, Education, Advocacy and Mobilization (TEAM) Project. TEAM seeks to
narrow the digital divide for PODER board members and others in the community by
providing them with technology and training. Librado is a resident of the Montopolis
community, a southeast Austin neighborhood and is a current part time student at
Austin Community College.
Sylvia Herrera is a native of East Austin and a founding member of
PODER and resides in one of the neighborhoods adjacent to the East Austin Tank
Farm. Sylvia received her Ph.D. in Kinesiology and Health Education from
the University of Texas at Austin.
Erika González is a native of Eagle Pass, Texas and the border of Piedras Negras,
Coahuila Mexico. Erika has a B.A. in Elementary Education and a minor in Psychology
from St. Edward’s University through the College Assistance Migrant Program and is
also a poet and a flautist. Erika also teaches theatre and poetry workshops.
Carmen Llanes is a native Austinite and grew up among grassroots and neighborhood
organizers from all backgrounds. Carmen graduated in University of Chicago A.B. '07
with a degree in Environmental Studies, focusing on social, nutritional and
environmental impacts of food trade in NAFTA as it has developed over 15 years.