Mónica Gallego is a first-generation Queer Femme Latina born and raised in NY by Colombian parents and is now living in Washington, DC. Mónica takes great pride and dedication in her community work bridging Deaf and Hearing Latinx communities. She just completed her Masters in School Counseling where she hopes to continue her work with underserved families. In her 14 years of trilingual interpreting and community organizing, she saw a need to create a collaborative that addresses the disconnect. She established Creando Lazos this year in an effort to support the DMV community, its mission statement is to bridge the divide, to improve community relationships separated by systemic barriers such as language access. Creando Lazos believes in a collaborative approach to community education, in partnerships, with other local organizations many local families have had access to community events and workshops that have supported families of color. It is a true pleasure to be serving on the Mano a Mano board as their secretary and a great honor to have received her colleagues votes. In her work as secretary for Mano as well as her org she believes cultural humility is the key to lasting change in our communities that have been disenfranchised. For this to happen, everyone involved in making that change sustainable must be culturally and linguistically responsive.