Meet the Corazón Latino Team!


FElipe Benítez, Executive Director

Felipe Benitez has more than 15 years of experience designing and implementing strategic communications programs to enhance and protect the reputations of organizations, governments, companies, and brands. Through his prior work with leading organizations like United Way Worldwide, Fenton Communications, and Ogilvy Public Relations, Benitez has designed and implemented communications and outreach strategies for advocacy campaigns worldwide, from protecting the fundamental rights of indigenous groups in the Amazon to fighting climate change to helping protect the rights of immigrants in the United States.


Sonia Rangel, Chief Operating Officer (COO)

Raised in El Paso, Texas, by Mexican immigrant parents, Sonia Rangel is the Chief Operating Officer at Corazón Latino. Rangel began her career working for grassroots nonprofits in El Paso which were dedicated to serving underrepresented communities. In 2012, Rangel was selected as a Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) fellow where she worked in the U.S. House of Representatives for then Congressman Xavier Becerra. Her background working to engage Latino audiences through various professional experiences brings valuable insight to Corazón Latino's vision. She holds a BA in History from the University of Texas in Austin and a MPA and Masters in International Relations at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs.


Chelsea mervenne, Director of Environmental Programs

Born and raised in Michigan, Chelsea Mervenne joined the team as the Director of Environmental Programs in 2018. Mervenne brings expertise in science, communications, and community engagement to the organization’s educational programming from her experience in geochemistry research and previous work with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Flint and in communities near hazardous waste sites in the Midwest. Mervenne holds a B.S. and M.Sci in Earth and Environmental Science from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.  


Abel Olivo, Director of Outreach and Partnerships

Abel Olivo joined Corazón Latino in 2018 as the Director of Community Outreach and Strategic Partnerships. A community activist in Prince George’s County, Maryland, Olivo adds valuable insight and perspective to our grassroots, grass-tops, and other community-oriented campaigns. As a former federal lobbyist and the head of government relations for a national non-profit organization, Olivo has extensive experience in developing policy and effective implementation strategies, including building partnerships to maximize message, impact, and reach. The first in his family to graduate from college, Olivo earned his BA in Political Science from The Ohio State University.


Cristóbal Jiménez, Director of Puerto Rico Programs