Economic justice

Latino Community Foundation Appoints Max Vargas Vice President of Economic Justice

SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Latino Community Foundation (LCF) today announced that Max Vargas, a nationally recognized political, legal and community leader, has been named Vice President of Economic Justice.

Vargas served as a senior policy adviser to Stockton Mayor Michael Tubbs, where he advanced legislation to address housing access, executed climate justice initiatives, and led efforts for security and economic opportunity. During his tenure, Max also contributed legal briefs in defense of immigrant families, effective enumeration, and health equity. Most recently, Vargas served as deputy director of First 5 California, overseeing legislative, policy and media initiatives to increase access to child care and secure paid family leave. Earlier in his career, Vargas worked for the California Legislature, labor and transportation agencies, and the La Raza National Council (now UnidosUS).

“Max is an impact-driven, people-centric leader,” said Jacqueline Martinez Garcel, CEO of LCF. “He co-created, executed, and informed systemic policy change to advance equity and justice for Latino families across the country. I am thrilled that Max is bringing his breadth and depth of experience to catalyze LCF’s work to build a more just and inclusive economy that works for Latin American families.

“I am honored, humbled and ready to expand the economic security, mobility and power of the Latino community,” Vargas said. “LCF has demonstrated that by leading with love, trust and community, we can come together at any time and fight for lasting systemic change and economic justice. LCF’s mission is personal to me and I am excited to build the future that every Latino family wants for their children.

Vargas is a former unaccompanied minor and political asylum seeker from Peru and holds a BA in Political Science from the University of the Pacific and a JD from the McGeorge School of Law. Vargas is also an alumnus of the Rose Center Fair Economic Development Fellowship and the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative, and serves on the boards of Planned Parenthood Advocates Mar Monte and the Stockton Public Schools Foundation.

About the Latino Community Foundation

The Latino Community Foundation’s mission is to unleash the civic and economic power of Latinos in California. LCF has the largest network of Latino philanthropists in the nation and has invested more than $20 million to increase civic leadership and political power for Latinos in the state. It is the only statewide foundation focused solely on investing in California’s Latino youth and families. For more information, please visit: