Our Mission

LUPE PAC is a non-partisan political action committee whose mission is to increase the number of Latinas in elected and appointed office in the State of New Jersey. The organization promotes and supports progressive leaders who stand up for an agenda that invests in Latina political leadership and advances critical issues that matter to Latinas in New Jersey.

Our Strategy

  • Identify Latina leaders who are interested in running for office.
  • Highlight Latina candidates for office and connect them with a statewide network of Latina, Latino and political leaders
  • Raise early money so that Latina candidates become viable contenders


LUPE PAC History

LUPE (Latinas United for Political Empowerment) origins go back to 1999 when several New Jersey Latinas collaborated with the Hispanic National Bar Association to organize a national training event for Latinas interested in running for public office. The experience organizing the event demonstrated a need to organize a women’s organization in NJ that would focus solely in helping Latinas engage in the political process and gain political power. Officially launched in 2001, LUPE began offering training and network opportunities for Latinas, eventually partnering with the Center for Women in American Politics (CAWP) at the Eagleton Institute at Rutgers University to launch Elección Latina, a non-partisan political training for Latinas to learn the nuts and bolts of running for office, running a campaign, or positioning themselves for appointments to Boards and Commissions. After successfully graduating many Latinas from the campaign training, it became clear that LUPE needed to expand its work beyond training and networking opportunities, and in 2009 officially launched LUPE PAC, a non-partisan political action committee, focus solely in providing financial support to progressive Latinas who make the leap and run for office. LUPE’ original mission of training Latinas to seek public service still continues today through the LUPE Fund.

LUPE PAC is a non-partisan political action committee whose specific mission is to increase the number of Latinas in elected office in the State of New Jersey and to advocate for issues that impact Latinas in New Jersey. The Board of LUPE PAC is committed to change the sobering statistic above by identifying, training and investing in progressive Latinas who are interested in running for office for local, state and federal office. Join us in our efforts to develop Latina leadership in government by making a contribution to LUPE PAC today. All contributions to LUPE PAC are not tax deductible.

PAC Fact Sheet

Latino Population

  • NJ’s population is 19% Latino, or about 1.7 million Latinos.1
  • There are 831,000 Latino eligible voters in New Jersey-the seventh largest Hispanic statewide eligible voter population nationally.2
  • 52% of eligible Latino voters in NJ are Latinas.

Latina Representation in NJ Government

According to the Center for American Women and Politics, Latina representation in NJ government is the following.

Out of 120 seats in the legislature, only 8 Latinas occupy those seats:

Out of 137 County Freeholder seats, only 4 Latinas occupy those seats:

  • Germaine Ortiz (D-Bergen)
  • Carmen Rodriguez (D-Camden)
  • Caridad Rodriguez (D-Hudson)
  • Blanquita Valenti (D-Middlesex)

Out of 65 County Constitutional Officers in NJ, only one Latina serves in those seats: Bernice Toledo (D-Passaic). Out 74 cities with population over 30,000 residents, only one Latina serves as Mayor: Wilda Diaz, Perth Amboy. No Latina from New Jersey has ever served as a U.S. Congresswoman or US Senator.