DANR Board Appoints New National Youth President and Fellowship Program Director
Washington, DC (Wednesday, February 22, 2012).– The Board of Directors of the Dominican American National Roundtable appointed Maria D. Moreno as National Youth President at a meeting held on Sunday, February 19, 2012 at 4pm at Rutgers School of Law in Newark, New Jersey.
“Please join us in welcoming our newly appointed National Youth President Maria D. Moreno,” said Dr. Maria Teresa Montilla, DANR President. “Since very early in her community involvement, President Moreno has been driven by her unrelenting commitment to developing and empowering young people.”
In addition, the Board also appointed her as the National Director of the DANR Fellowship Program, which every year, during the summer, affords in Washington, DC, internship opportunities to college students from around the United States.
“Congratulations to our National Youth President Maria Moreno,” said DANR Chairman Miguel Santana. “We would like to also recognize our outgoing Youth President and Director of the DANR Fellowship Program Amaris Guzman for her many years of dedication to our organization, and most of all, for her many contributions for the socio-economic and political empowerment of our community.”
Moreno, a native of the Dominican Republic, has resided in Boston, MA for the past 22 years. She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Anthropology with a Concentration in Latino Studies from the University of Massachusetts-Boston where she is also pursuing a Master’s Degree in Dispute Resolution focusing on cross-cultural conflict and mediation.
For the past five years, Moreno has worked for non-profit housing rights organizations and has become a strong advocate for Civil Rights working on campaigns seeking equity in housing, health, education, civic engagement, immigration, youth violence, humanitarian rights and advancing the Dominican-American agenda.
Currently, Moreno is DANR Vice President representing the State of Massachusetts. She is one of the founders of the National Dominican American Council (NDAC), and also co-founder of FUNTOSALUD International, a humanitarian community service project being implemented in the border towns located between Dominican Republic and Haiti.
She serves on several community boards including the Dominican Development Center, the Hispanic Writers Week and Quest Adventures.