Michigan Local Government Latino Network


The Michigan Local Government Latino Network (MLGLN) is a regional chapter of the Local Government Hispanic Network(LGHN). MLGLN is dedicated to growing Latino government employees by promoting professional, leadership, and cultural excellence.  

In 2019, a group of City of Grand Rapids employees acknowledged the need to create a professional network focused on Latino employees, leading to the creation of the MLGLN.   

MLGLN serves as a bridge between professional managers and communities to create programs and services to address issues critical to the Hispanic/Latino population and grow the next generation of Latino leaders. 

Becoming a member of MLGLN allows you to access professional, mentorship, and volunteer opportunities statewide and nationwide.  

MLGLN and LGHN are affiliate organizations of the International City/County Management Association (ICMA), the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA), and the National Forum for Black Public Administrators (NFBPA), allowing you to expand your professional network.  

Free to join MLGLN for all City of Grand Rapids employees!

Benefits of Joining 

  • Support local government efforts in attracting and retaining a diverse talent pool.  

  • Increase Latino engagement in local governance.  

  • Promote an environment that promotes inclusion and elevates Latino professionals.  

  • Provide opportunities for professional development.  

  • Share knowledge, information, and experience among the network members.  

  • Develop strong relationships with community organizations, Regional/National affiliations, and City departments to actively support common goals and objectives. 


General Membership Meeting

Our general membership meetings are paused but will return quarterly soon. 

Please contact us at wmlgln@grcity.us if you would like to attend!

  • Mindfulness Skills: How to Deal with Microaggressions 

  • A Colorful Journey: Afro-Caribbean Artist in West Michigan 

  • A Celebration of Souls: Day of the Dead in Southern Mexico 

  • Grand Rapids Public School Winter Clothing Drive 

  • Volunteered at the Grand Rapids Hispanic Festival 

  • Volunteered at the Hispanic Center Food Distribution Drive 


Interim Board of Directors Chair – Izamar Contreras 

Board of Directors Vice-Chair – VACANT

Communications Vice-Chair – Juan Torres 

Membership Vice-Chair - VACANT

Programs Vice Chair – VACANT 

Treasurer – Lilibeth Genao

Secretary – Elissa Soto

Parliamentarian - VACANT

National Board Representative - Gricelda Estrada