Who We Are

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GBLN’s mission is to promote community engagement to address the socio-economic issues affecting Latinos through networking, communication, collaboration and education.


GBLN was formed in 2004. It is a well-established community-supported and diverse network of organizations and individuals sharing news, information, ideas, opportunities and services. It has effectively utilized its Community News E-blast to serve as an informational clearinghouse and conduit to its 2500+ network and Facebook friends. The e-blasts promote a variety of events, opportunities, announcements and activities sponsored by GBLN and other groups in the network.

Board Of Directors

GBLN counts on current and former board/advisory board members who occupy leadership and upper management positions in the public, political and private sector. As such, GBLN is supported by Latino leaders that helped to craft and develop GBLN’s mission. 

Carolyn I. Gonzalez, President
Business Development Officer, Community Capital Fund 
Eileen Lopez-Cordone, Vice President
Community Development, United Illuminating
Lily Lopez, Secretary
SVP, Community Development Citi

 Rick A. Cruz, Past President
Chairman, Latino/Puerto Rican Affairs Commission
Eddie Gutierrez
Real Estate Broker, Keller Williams Realty  
Paul Arroyo, Chair Civic Engagement
Counselor, Recovery Network of Programs
Pablo Colon
EVP and COO, Radio Cumbre 1450AM 

Founding and former board and advisory board members:  

Lissette Andino – Manager Community Relations and Economic Development, Northeast Utilities 
Andres Ayala – Commissioner DMV 
Yolanda Caldera-Durant – Senior Program Officer, Health Leadership Fellows Program at CHealth Foundation 
Carmen Colon – Executive Director Alpha Community Services 
Ruben Felipe – Deputy Chief of Staff City of Bridgeport Mayor’s Office 
Ramon Jimenez – Retired 
Alma L. Maya –  Town Clerk City of Bridgeport 
Priscilla Muniz – Clinical Social Worker, The Children’s Center of Hamden, Inc. 
Carmen Nieves – The Workplace Program Manager/Step Up Regional Coordinator 
Elena Padin – Outreach Worker at Southwest Community Health Center 
Hernan A. Sanchez – Digital Media Specialist, PepsiCo 
Gail Solis – Principal Solis Enterprises, LLC