Jose Alfaro

Director of Latinx Leadership & Community Engagement, Everytown for Gun Safety

Jose Alfaro

Jose is a first-generation Salvadoran American from Jamaica, New York. He attended Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland, where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Jose continued his education at the SIT Graduate Institute in Brattleboro, Vermont, to understand oppression and find ways to combat it in modern society. He received a Master of Arts degree in Social Justice and Conflict Resolution.

Jose's work lives at the intersection of movement building, policy advocacy, and electoral campaigns with a community-centered approach. He's worked as a community educator around sexual assault and domestic violence issues with Black and Latinx youth to dismantle toxic masculinity and homophobia, organized street organizations to combat police brutality, and fought for education equity at the state level. He ran several state electoral campaigns, founded Connecticut Latinos for Bernie Sanders, and made Connecticut Magazine's 40 Under 40 list in 2017. After Donald Trump’s election, Jose took to the national stage as the Raíz Program Manager and then the Associate Director of Latinx Campaigns at Planned Parenthood Federation of America to lead PPFA’s effort to organize Latinxs to advocate for sexual and reproductive health rights and build power in Latinx communities through local and electoral campaigns.

Jose is currently the Director of Latinx Leadership and Community Engagement at Everytown for Gun Safety. In this capacity, Jose is responsible for the development and execution of Everytown’s strategy for authentic engagement with Latinx partners, thought leaders, and influencers in communities across the country in pursuit of Everytown’s strategic vision and goals.

Panel Information


1:40 PM EST

The State of Nuestras Familias: Uvalde, How Tragedy Shapes Us, and Where Our Next Generaciones Go From Here. . . |

Pulse Nightclub (Orlando) 2016; El Paso 2019; Uvalde 2022. . . These are the tragedies that in recent memory have most traumatized our community. Among them, ranks the worst attack on Latinos in modern history. Today, research is revealing the impact that gun violence is having on our youngest generations. This panel will examine the depth of that trauma on our community and our families’ collective psyches. The panel will engage in meaningful conversation with respect to gun legislation reform, and, importantly, the reality of how one community is reckoning with the unimaginable.

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