MANA - A National Latina Organization

Founded in 1974 by Mexican-American women MANA stood for the Mexican American National Association until 1994 when members voted to become MANA, A National Latina Organization (MANA), to reflect the diversity of its membership. Today, MANA is the largest national Latina grassroots membership organization with chapters, individual members, and affiliates across the country. MANA is governed by a Board of Directors and led by President and CEO Alma Morales Riojas.

MANA’s mission is to empower Latinas through leadership development, community service, and advocacy. Its four national goals are to: strengthen Latinas as community leaders; create vital Hispanic communities; advance public policy for an equal and just society; and grow and sustain a healthy organization. MANA achieves its mission through two premiere programs, the AvanZamos® Program (adult leadership training program) and the HERMANITAS® Program (mentoring and leadership program for young Latinas.)  

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