Our Team

Director

Sarde Gumalo

Sarde Gumalo

Bio:
Sarde graduated from Montclair State University with a degree in Nutrition and went on to teach cooking, urban gardening, and environmental education classes throughout NY and NJ. She has extensive experience providing nutrition and sustainability workshops within juvenile detention centers and affordable housing units with the goal of serving others and promoting a healthy relationship with food and the environment for all. When Sarde was diagnosed with Lupus 5 years ago, it became her passion to help others reach their full potential no matter what their circumstances, abilities, or obstacles.

Creative Director

Bryan Vallejo

Bryan Vallejo

Bio:
Bryan Vallejo, an instrumental member of the Cristian Rivera Foundation. Bryan attended the Borough of Manhattan Community College where he received his Associate’s in multimedia programming. He continued his education at the Institute of Pittsburgh for animation. Bryan has always had a passion for drawing and creating images so that they can come to life.

Team

David Traugott

David Traugott

Bio:
David is a recent graduate of Loyola University Maryland, with a major in History and a minor in Spanish. Right after his graduation, he felt a calling to depart from the studies of the past in favor of making a difference in the present. Salsa the Vote became that opportunity for David, allowing him to use his cultural awareness that obtained in his Spanish classes to make a difference in Latino communities. Eventually, he hopes to obtain a master’s degree in International Relations from a university in Washington, D.C.

Johanna Golden

Johanna Golden

Bio:

Johanna Golden is a rising sophomore at Hobart and William Smith Colleges and hails from Southern New Hampshire. As an aspiring International Relations major, Johanna holds interests in global politics, and is especially passionate about voting in the United States. She has been known to pester friends and family members to get registered and to vote in even the smallest of local elections. Johanna is incredibly excited to join the Salsa the Vote team to expand the national voting body in America, especially among the Latinx community.

Marisa Mendoza

Marisa Mendoza

Bio:
I currently study Political Science and Business Law at California State University, Northridge. I am also heavily involved in our Student Government Program. With my degree, I plan to go to law school as I aspire to become an attorney. I have a passion for justice and social change that I will use to fight for those who cannot fight for themselves.

Rodrigo Diaz

Rodrigo Diaz

Bio:

“Rodrigo Diaz is a Social Media Intern at Salsa the Vote. He joined the team with a desire to help others and educate his community on the importance of voting through one of RMM channels, Salsa the Vote. Carlos graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Media Studies back in the Spring of 2018 at Hunter College. His education gave him the ability to tackle the various challenges that are omnipresent in today’s media landscape.

As a media creator, he is no stranger to branding and social media. On his free time, he is a freelance photographer where he specializes in editorial and portraiture work. In addition, with his previous experiences working with at-risk MSM (men who sleep with men) of color in the nonprofit sector and healthcare communication, Carlos ensures to stay-up-to-date and find new ways to get our message out there. On his free time, he loves taking pictures, working out, and creating new memories.”