Hispanic National Bar Foundation Names Alba Lucero Villa As Its New Executive Director

Hispanic National Bar Foundation Names Alba Lucero Villa As Its New Executive Director

WASHINGTON, DC – The Hispanic National Bar Foundation (HNBF) is pleased to announce the selection of Alba Lucero Villa as its new Executive Director.

As Executive Director, Ms. Villa will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for HNBF’s staff, programs, expansion, and execution of its mission. As the HNBF builds on its solid foundation of accomplishments and expands access to meaningful educational opportunities, Ms. Villa will lead the opening of a New York office to complement programs that are operating from HNBF’s headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Prior to joining the HNBF, Ms. Villa served as the Director of Programs for the Bickel & Brewer Latino Institute for Human Rights at NYU School of Law. She holds an undergraduate degree from Brown University, a Master’s degree from American University and a Juris Doctorate from NYU School of Law, where she was selected as a Latino Institute Scholar. Ms. Villa has dedicated her career to advocating on behalf of the Latino community as an experienced writer, editor and civil rights advocate. Previously, she also has served as a fellow at LatinoJustice PRLDEF, The Washington Post and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, and as the managing editor of Latino Studies as well as an Associate Editor for TRIAL, the flagship magazine for the American Association for Justice.

“The HNBF is proud to welcome Alba Lucero Villa as our new Executive Director,” said Mayda Prego, HNBF Board President. “Alba joins us at an exciting time of growth and brings a wealth of experience and expertise. Her enthusiasm and aptitude for advancing equality and access to education will help us ensure that we continue to positively impact the lives of Latino youth and strengthen our diversity pipeline programs. We are excited to have her on board and look forward to growing our programs and expanding the number of students who we reach.”

“I am honored to join the HNBF and become part of a longstanding tradition to transform the lives of Latino youth,” said Ms. Villa. “As a product myself of the life-changing impact that access to exceptional educational opportunities can have, I am eager to work with the HNBF Board of Directors to cultivate today the Latino leaders of tomorrow. I look forward to leading the HNBF in a new chapter of growth in which we will expand our ability to open doors and impact diversity in the legal profession by expanding our reach.”


Established in 1985, the mission of the Hispanic National Bar Foundation (“HNBF”) is to promote equality through education. As a national organization, the HNBF provides programs, scholarships, fellowships, and other resources and tools to support and inspire educational achievement within Latino communities. We are guided in our efforts by our strong values of education, diversity, equality, empowerment and access. Our programs provide Latino students from high school through law school with the tools and resources necessary to ensure full and equal opportunity. For more information, please visit www.hnbf.org.