About VLAB


The Virginia Latino Advisory Board started as a Commission (VLAC) created by executive order in October of 2003 by former Governor Mark R. Warner in recognition of one of the fastest growing ethnic groups in Virginia and the nation. The VLAC was then signed into law and made a permanent Board two years later, effective October 15, 2005.

Today, the Virginia Latino Advisory Board (VLAB) serves at the pleasure of Governor Ralph S. Northam and advises him on issues of Latino interest so that his administration can best serve the Latino constituents of Virginia. The recommendations of the Board can be found in the Annual Reports section of this website.  Additionally, the Board has held community forums, international expositions, and Town Hall style meetings.

The Latino Advisory Board has the power and duty to:

  • Advise the Governor regarding the development of economic, professional, cultural, educational, and governmental links between the Commonwealth of Virginia, the Latino community in Virginia, and Latin America;
  • Undertake studies, symposiums, research, and factual reports to gather information to formulate and present recommendations to the Governor relative to issues of concern and importance to the Latino community in the Commonwealth; and
  • Advise the Governor as needed regarding any statutory, regulatory, or other issues of importance to the Latino community in the Commonwealth.

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